Elizabeth Shorrock

Phone number: 015395 58536
Email: eashorrock@aol.com
Website: elizabethshorrock.co.uk
Facebook: elizabethannshorrockbookartist

I am a mixed media artist specialising in handmade books. I use a wide variety of techniques but a lot of the book structures are made from recycled maps and books. They are used to make three dimensional structures and would come under the loose heading of ‘artists’ books’. They encourage interaction because of their tactile nature but also by the glimpses of the places they represent. This connection with place is very important and a lot of the pieces I’ve made have been commissions using maps with personal connotations. One small piece even went in a soldier’s backpack to Afghanistan.

I also work in print and use etching, collagraph and linocut techniques. Some of this work is framed and mounted but some prints are used to make artists’ books or on the covers of sketchbooks.

What I think of as my signature pieces are made using the old trays that held letterpress type. These usually have about 90 compartments of various sizes which I fill with tiny books made from recycled books, folded structures, pictures and occasionally small objects. Again these pieces lend themselves to commissioned work. I have done trays celebrating 80th birthdays, a fiftieth birthday and a wedding anniversary. This gives the potential for including all sorts of personal items.

A development from these trays are made to measure subdivided boxes which because I increase the depth can accommodate a much wider range of structures.

I am an active member of Green Door Artists and exhibit with them. I also exhibit at a wide variety of Art markets including Art in the Pen (Skipton and Thirsk), the Designer Maker Fair in Edinburgh, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and this year I will be exhibiting at the Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey. I am also a member of Cumbria Printmakers and exhibit with them. I have been exhibiting at the Silverdale and Arnside Trail for several years now and it is always one of my favourite events of the year.