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2017 : Fragile artist's books exhibition at Bower Ashton Library book cases, UWE Bristol, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT 19 April - 30 June 2017 A selection of one-off books made for the Re-Take/Re-Invent Project. See www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk

2018 : 'It's very quiet here' Solo exhibition of paintings and artist's books 3 February - 14 April, 2018 at STORIEL, Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1DT 01248 353 368

2018 : 'Padua Fragments' Solo exhibition of paintings, collages and artist's books 2 March - 13 April, 2018 at GALERI, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 ISQ

Projects

SEASONS 2013 to 2015

Painting, drawing and writing in each season on the coastal headland near Aberdaron and mountain woodland near Nantmor. These intense times of looking, listening and being in the landscape are the starting point for series of paintings and related artist’s books.

View Island 2012-14, Layer 2013 and Soft Land 2014-15 series of paintings and books

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SEASONS Winter Solstice 2011 to Autumn Equinox 2012 : 'Dawn to Dusk' artist's books by Noelle Griffiths Hafod Press 2012

On each of the Solstices and Equinoxes and on Midsummer’s Day, Noelle recorded in words, drawings and photographs the sounds she heard hourly from dawn to dusk. Noelle witnessed the weather and bird sounds of the Solstices and Equinoxes from outside her studio in the mountain woodland of Snowdonia. Midsummer's Day was spent on the coastal headland near Aberdaron.

The sound drawings were bound in five unique artist’s books ‘Dawn to Dusk’. Each book contains a record of the day as it unfolded from dawn to dusk in photographs, sound drawings and words. As well as the five unique books, Noelle made a limited edition of concertina books of digital photographs and text for Midsummer's Day. All books are bound in linen and board covers with a letterpress title.

View Sounds in the Trees 2010-2012 related paintings

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Winter Solstice 2011, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox 2012 - Hafod studio, near Maentwrog, Snowdonia
Dawn to Dusk is a series of five one-off artist's books; bound books with boards covered in pale umber fabric with letterpress title; mixed media paintings, digital photographs and text printed with archival ink on 175gsm Somerset book paper; 18 x 52cm closed; signed one-off books; 2012 Dawn to Dusk Solstices and Equinoxes, Hafod studio : books to be sold as a set of four one-off books £2000 set
Dawn to Dusk Midsummer's Day - coastal headland : single one-off book SOLD

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Midsummer's Day 2012 - Coastal headland, near Aberdaron, Penllyn
Dawn to Dusk concertina book with boards covered in pale umber fabric with letterpress title; digital photographs and text printed with archival ink on 175gsm Somerset book paper; 18 x 24cm closed, 18 x 450cm open; signed limited edition of five copies. 2012 £145

SEASONS Winter 2008 - Autumn 2010 : 'Bird Song' artists' book by Noelle Griffiths and Kim Atkinson Hafod Press 2010

Noelle Griffiths and Kim Atkinson collaborated for 18 months making a large format artists' book. Each season, each artist made half hour sound drawings/paintings (24x100cm) in the landscape at two places near where they each live: Snowdonia woodland at Hafod near Maentwrog and Parwyd, coastal headland near Aberdaron. After making the season's drawings Noelle and Kim created an edition of ten prints combining aspects of each of their drawings. These two very different locations provided very different landscapes, habitat and birds.

'Bird Song' is a large long book, 25.5x104cm closed, and is printed in an edition of ten copies. Each book is unique, containing eight relief and mono prints using oil based ink with mixed media drawing. Text is printed digitally using archival ink; it is distilled from notes on sound, weather, colour written in situ at the time of drawing and is both informative and evocative.project strip 1

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This collaboration has brought together Kim's knowledge and love of birds, and Noelle's experience and passion for making artist's books.

Bird Song
Bound book, in the Japanese style, with boards covered in dark green fabric; relief and mono print using oil based ink with mixed media on 285gsm Fabriano Rosaspina paper, relief print using oil based ink and archival ink digital text on 33gsm Arakaji natural Japanese paper, archival ink digital text on 280gsm BFK Rives grey paper and a glossary of bird drawings with names and calls printed digitally using archival ink on 175gsm Somerset book paper; 25.5 x 104cm closed; signed limited edition of ten unique copies; 2010 £750

8 relief and mono prints on Fabriano Rosaspina paper
8 relief prints with digital text on Arakaji Japanese paper
4 seasons digital text on BFK Rives grey paper
2 glossary of birds, with drawings and names in English, Welsh and Latin on Somerset book paper
1 title page on Somerset book paper
1 copyright page on Somerset book paper

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View Bird Song 2009-2010 related paintings

Watch two short films of Noelle and Kim talking about making 'Bird Song' Winter and 'Bird Song' Winter 2

Request to see Bird Song at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth