This weekend I visited the the Chawton House Library which is the home of early English women’s writing in Hampshire. This must be Hampshire’s best kept secret, while I am Hampshire born and bred I have never been before, but will return again. It is a beautiful house; the home of Jane Austen in an lovely historic estate. It came to my attention in the Printmaking Today as the place to see the work of Angela Thames; the artist in residence. Angela had researched a selection of rare and first edition books to create a unique body of artists books and prints. Her work was inspired by authors of the eighteenth century including Alphra Behn, Mary Hearn and Ann Mary Hamilton. I understand she had various workshops; but her exhibition was a delight and gave me lots of ideas and after a long chat I felt encouraged to continue in my bid to add book making to my ‘must’ do list.
One work I enjoyed was The rules of love … adapted from La Montre by Aphra Behn 1686.
It is a fan book that has all the rules of love, that Iris gave her lover Damon including every half hour when he should sigh. It is a intriguing work and I bought one …
But more important went home to do my interpretation; certainly not anything to do with love, more to with making good use recent disaster!