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Frances Staniforth
The concept of ‘Fragments’ evolved out of my fascination for a tiny fragment of bracelet which was one of many extraordinary things excavated from the Bronze Age burial cist (circa 1730 to 1600 cal BC), on White Horse Hill, Dartmoor in 2011. The artefact is braided with 13 double strands of cow hair. This has provided a rich metaphor for the construction of the book which includes 13 etchings, 13 double strands of text with 13 syllables in each line, and a fragment of 13 double strand wire braiding. The burial cist, in which the artefacts were found, was constructed with six granite slabs: a base, four upended sides and a cap stone set above. Hence the blue card folder has a base, four sides and cover. For detailed information on the ‘Whitehorse Hill’ excavation, the publication ‘Preserved in the Peat’ (Jones 2022) provides the narrative of the cist’s discovery. The prehistoric armlet is archived in the Box Museum, Plymouth.

Pockets for Women

Marilyn Tippett
This is a concertina book with folded origami pockets made from specially selected papers. Each pocket contains a quote on the subject of women and/or pockets, some amusing and some thought-provoking. There has been much debate of late around the subject of women’s clothing and its lack of pockets, entailing a need to carry bags of some sort. This especially came to light around the time of Covid 19, when cash was hardly used and a credit or debut card was all that was needed, and who needs a handbag for that? It turns out that women have been thinking about the need for pockets for many years, and the quotations I found inspired me to make this book, which has been very well-received, mostly by women of course! It is a part of my practice looking at women’s issues in general, although hopefully in a playful manner. A variable unlimited edition.

Spirit Animals

Tony Broad
I was given a book of 18th century woodcut animals. They seemed too engaging to stay locked up in the book so I wrote a description of each one and turned them into a Spirit Animal game. Each pack of Spirit Animal Cards contains 35 cards with descriptions of different animals written my me. Cards are chosen at random allowing chance to play a part in divining your spirit animal. All the descriptions were written by me to a standardised format devised by me: for example, the peacock is resurrection and wise vision. Being beautiful, its ugly feet remind us to seek the whole picture. Use your intuition and inner beauty.

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