Angie and Zelda’s Artists’ Residency at Bower Ashton Library

Reporting back on the library Artist in Residence project at Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, UK

This was the first year we have ‘officially’ run our Artist in Residence project, a collaboration between Angie Butler (Researcher, Centre for Fine Print Research) and Zelda Velika (MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking student).

Angie and Zelda asked library staff at Bower Ashton to collect all the scraps of paper left in returned books as well as the little notes we write at the desk during the course of a day. They then set about arranging these scraps into little poems/statements that could be collated into artists’ books.

They could have stopped there… but in a flash of inspiration they realised that their poems could be digitally printed onto fabric and turned into a set of cushions! So that’s what they did, finally unveiling their work to staff and students at Bower Ashton in June.

Some of the cushions in situ in the library

Our artists also produced a set of three folded printed editions that will be made available for sale as well as a boxed set of the original mounted scraps of poetry. These will go on display over the summer and we will have a copy in our Special Collections. We expect the cushions to be let loose around the library later this year.

There are more photos on our Instagram post:

I’d like to thank Angie and Zelda for all their hard work, for making this year’s project such a success & surpassing all expectations! Also to Sarah Bodman at UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) for her invaluable guidance and advice. Thank you to Alice Bouquet, Library Engagement Co-ordinator, for funding the bursary which takes the form of credit in the Art Shop at Bower Ashton. Thank you to the staff at the Art Shop for their help too.

Shaun Oaten

Library Information & Engagement Administrator

Bower Ashton Library

UWE Bristol City Campus

Bower Ashton Studios, Bristol, UK.