Never judge a book by its cover: Turn the Page Fair fills the Forum with art

Jules Allen's Ware Hall Paper House. Photo: Lesley van Dijk

Jules Allen's Ware Hall Paper House. Photo: Lesley van Dijk - Credit: Lesley van Dijk

With the glorious weather this past week many of us will have been sitting in the warmth of the sun reading our favourite book.

Jules Allen's Ware Hall Paper House. Photo: Lesley van Dijk

Jules Allen's Ware Hall Paper House. Photo: Lesley van Dijk - Credit: Lesley van Dijk

Now an event at The Forum, in Norwich is displaying how books can turned into art.

Celebrating the art of book binding with displays from local and international artists who have taken the practice of binding and developed it into works of art.

The Turn the Page Fair, now in it's sixth year, was founded by artist Jules Allen. The theme of the fair this year is Home, and a number of artists were ask to create new pieces.

A story about the idea of Home that has captured the imagination of Mrs Allen is of May Alice Savidge's Ware Hall House. She moved her house brick by brick from Hertfordshire to Wells-next-the-sea in Norfolk.

Jules Allen's Ware Hall Paper House. Photo: Lesley van Dijk

Jules Allen's Ware Hall Paper House. Photo: Lesley van Dijk - Credit: Lesley van Dijk


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Mrs Allen said: 'It inspired me when I first heard at a WI meeting in 2013. I just couldn't believe that a women of nearly 60 years old had decided to take her house down brick by brick.'

The piece is of May Alice Savidge home. Recreated using digital photos of the building, plans, and copies of sheet music she used to play on the piano, The Blue Lady, the caravan she lived in has also be included.

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'There is no better example of home than someone who is prepared to move their home 120 miles and rebuild. It took her 20 years and her niece took over the project when she died' she added.

This is Mrs Allen's last fair as director before handing over to fellow artist Rosie Sherwood.

Graphic artist Anna Yevtukh moved to the UK 11 years ago from Kiev in the Ukraine, and now lives in Worcester. Her art is on display at the event which features stories of immigrants to the UK, wrapped in leather books in the shape of houses.

'The stories written inside, you can't really read them because it's about expressing the feelings of the person behind that story. All nationalities we live shoulder to shoulder, it's all about making a new life and communities. Britain has an amazing history of taking in foreigners.'

Attending is May Savidge's niece in-law, Christine Adams, who is completing the move of the house.

She said: 'I'm really thrilled. To see the actual building reconstructed in the middle of the book fair is a real treat.'

The fair is open Saturday from 10am till 5pm with displays, stalls and performances.

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