To celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Blake’s birth, on 28th November 2007, artists Felicity Roma Bowers and Helen Elwes and poet Micalef invited over 60 artists and poets inspired by the spirit and work of William Blake to submit a page to be published in a limited edition artists’ book. This book was conceived as a loving and lasting tribute to Blake’s inspiration from this diverse collection of artists and poets. We asked contributors to combine word and image as Blake did in his illuminated books and to work to exactly the same page size as “Milton”. The result retains the intimacy of hand made marks and directness of handwriting. Contributions are expressive, intimate, quirky, contemplative and diverse, presenting personal Blakean reflections.
The 64 page, limited edition, hand bound books, printed offset litho in full colour, are published in soft and hard bindings. The page size is 7.5 x 5.5 inches (19cm x 14cm). The hard binding is covered in deep red bookcloth, with a gold foiled title; the soft binding is Bockingford watercolour paper with a blind embossed title.
The edition is limited to 500 with a maximum of 250 hard bound. the rest soft bound. A supplement containing biographies and statements from the contributors is included with each book.
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Full list of participating artists and poets:
Felicity Roma Bowers; Moyra Caldecott; Brian Catling; Michael Chaitow;
Kristin Charlesworth; Paul Francis Cheetham; Michael Collins; Jane Dowling;
Clare Elwes; Helen Elwes; Teresa Elwes & Jane Roberts; Harry Eyres;
Rose Flint; Inter Ference; Olivier Garbay; Veronique Giarrusso; John Gibbens;
Polly Gould; Liza Hayden; David Harrison; Tim Heath; Justin Hedley;
Michael Horovitz; Gemma Ireland; Parul Jani; Patricia Jordan; Linda Landers;
Jeanette McCulloch; Andrea McLean; Niall McDevitt; Kevan Manwaring;
Jan Martin; Barbara Mercer; Micalef; John Michell; Simon Miles;
Adrian Mitchell; Helen Moore; Chris Orr RA; Robert W. Palmer; Stan Peskett;
Tom Phillips RA; Peter Alfred Please; Paul Podworski; Sally Pucill;
Jay Ramsay & Lara Fiedler; Jude Rawlins; Martin Sexton; Madeleine Shaw;
Hannah Swain; Gwen Turner; Christopher Twigg; Clare Tyler;
Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly; Roger Wagner; Piers Wardle;
James Wilkes; Robin Williamson; Bina Williamson: Partou Zia.
The book was launched during the week of William Blake’s 250th anniversary, 28th November 2007 at The House of William Blake, South Molton Street, London, the last remaining house in London in which William Blake lived and worked. The pages were exhibited as part of an exhibiton entitled ‘All that we See is Vision’ hosted there by the Blake Society.
Published by Bow of Burning Gold