THE MOMENT OF PRIVACY HAS PASSED Sketchbooks by Contemporary Artists, Architects and Designers

One of my sketchbooks has been included in this exhibition in Lincoln, UK


Visitors to the Usher Gallery in Lincoln will be able to select, take off the shelf and browse through over 200 sketchbooks on loan from contemporary artists, architects, designers and makers. These sketchbooks are included in the Library zone of ‘The Moment of Privacy Has Passed’ an innovative and engaging exhibition of sketchbooks curated by John Plowman. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which we can engage with the sketchbook in a gallery context.

Divided into four zones the exhibition incorporates the conventional modes of display of the Cabinet and Wall, the cutting edge of the Digital and the innovative Library. Each of these zones will offer visitors to the exhibition a different experience of engagement with the sketchbook. The sketchbook can be viewed as private and personal, a creative space in which thoughts and ideas are noted in a variety of ways by, amongst
others, artists, architects, designers. Making these private and self referential sketchbooks visible within a gallery context will offer up new insights and perspectives on this hitherto invisible aspect of the creative process.

The Cabinet, Wall and digital zones will feature sketchbooks from contemporary artists including Grayson Perry and Simon Faithfull as well as historic sketchbooks from the Usher Gallery’s collections.

Sketchbooks by Contemporary Artists, Architects and Designers
The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
11 December 2010 – 06 March 2011
Private View Friday 10 December 2010 6 – 8 pm

Art Junky at Phoenix Brighton this Sunday 21st Nov

If you're in the East Sussex area this Sunday, 21st Nov, 11am-5pm, why not pop in to Art Junky at the Phoenix Brighton galleries for some early Festive Season gift shopping! My chaps will be hosting my © leslieworks micro boutique for me (I have to do Handmade & Bound in London) selling my handmade art & crafts, and my cherry-picked vintage collectibles.

Check out my new unique vintage tie eyeglass and memory card cases.

I've also got new, funky vintage items, including milk glass vases, brought back fresh from the USA. Hope you can come!

Art Junky is
"A jam-packed eclectic indoor market showcasing local artists, crafts, collectibles, music and more! The Art Junky Cafe and Bar will be serving homemade goodies and winter warmers, plus our great live DJ's and facepainting! £1 entry, kids under 10 go FREE!"
You can see it on their facebook page or view it on their website.

100 Journals Project, Alturnative, Kent

I came across this call out very late in the day, but managed to send a submission along. Unfortunately, I couldn't get to the event. I gather it was a tricky compilation to put together with Journals spread far and wide over the country. As some people didn't even get their designated journal, loose works were requested, that could be inserted into the journals on site. I'm glad to finally see some photos of the event, which you can see here

My submissions came from a concept I'd had on the back burner for some time. I've always been aghast at the super skinny model phenomenon (though I was a great fan of Twiggy in her time). I think it's gotten worse since then. I liked to compare them to stick insects, and thought it might be interesting to depict them as such. I noticed the latin name for the bugs was phantasmagoria, and when digging deeper into the meanings found I could conjure up a kind of poetic, but disturbing portrayal, through words and images, of the cult of fashion and skinniness. The following are the pieces I sent:

I will be exhibiting at Smile, a group exhibition at the Red Gate Gallery, London. My piece is the feature work!

Smile: an exhibition that brings back laughter

Featuring works by:

Amy Russell ● Anna Siemaszko ● Ian Tatton ● Joe Townend & Toby Owen ● Juan Blanco ● Leslie Wilson-Rutterford ● Maia Schweizer ● Paul Vincett ● Roxane Grant ● Sibylla McGrigor ● Soheila Keyani ● Soraia Almeida ● Susie Lowe ● Wiracha Daochai ● Zannah Cooper Hanae Utamura

Private View: Friday 2nd of April 2010 - 6 pm to 1am (after Party with live music/DJ)

Exhibition runs from: Monday 29th of March – Thursday 8th of April 2010

Gallery Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 11am to 6.30 pm -  Sat: 12.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Last day of Exhibition: Thursday 22nd of April: 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

The exhibition ‘Smile’ aims to act as a cultural antidote to the recent global depression, natural disasters and a general mood of despondency. Smiling is a universal act, yet there have not been many reasons to do so lately. In the greater scheme of things one often forgets the little moments in life that make us smile and thus happy.

‘Smile’ is a collaborative group show displaying works in various media including acrylic, oil, photography, new media and installation.This forthcoming exhibition aims to challenge people to step out of their busy consumer driven life styles to take a split second to ’stop and stare’ and to hold the moment and smile: here the true sense of smiling is in store not the ‘fake’ one so often dished out without meaning.

The art work shown portrays subtlety rather than shock value seen in recent mainstream exhibitions, the latter tending to alienate, rather than involve, the viewer.

Each artist participating in this show has their own way to express happiness and this exhibition demonstrates that no matter where one comes from, one can always find a reason to smile. With a feeling of anticipation, we hope that who ever visits ‘Smile’ will walk out with a smile, perpetuating a ‘feel good factor’; well, at least for a brief moment….

The Beermat show goes on tour and other news

I just received some good news. The Beermat Show is doing a tour the first half of 2010. My piece submitted for (sub)Missive (see previous blog), which was included in the Temporary Art Space's exhibition, will continue to show at 2 new venues. Please see my past/future page for details.   

As some of you might know, I have recently expanded my repertoire in trade. All this selling and exhibiting at fairs activity has really given me a passion for trading, and so I have branched out into buying and selling of collectibles. 

Starting out at Art Junky 3, I was given a great opportunity to display and sell my book art, multiples and trinkets alongside some funky accessories and bric-a-brac. 

I loved it, and happily, sold equal amounts of the two types of items.

Since then, I have done another Art Junky and a new fair at Bentley Priory in Harrow, North London. At each I have sold equal amounts of art and collectibles. This has encouraged me to continue in this vein whenever possible. 


When I went home to California last summer, I made some applique hoops during my traditional craft sessions with my mother. Gave me a warm glow all over returning to my youthful love for crafts: I used to embroider, macrame, crochet, applique, batik, beading, etc. As a seamstress for designers for 18 years I own an industrial sewing machine. But, it is in the utility room on the landing, hard to access and it doesn't do any fancy stitches. So, I got a new domestic machine and it is wonderful. The new hoops appeared at the last fair at Bentley Priory. It is possible I had too much variety on the stall, and my shop-like table/space didn't fit into a particular category. The organisers didn't know where to put me, having started out in the crafts area, I got moved to the antiques, as I had a lot of vintage stuff. It felt a bit odd squished in between antiquarian books and antique maps, but it was a great atmosphere and the other traders were lovely. The Bentley Priory Fair will be put on again in March. I'll make sure to post the exact day and times when I find out. 

My submission for the sub(Missive) exhibition, accompanying the 12th Leeds International Contemporary Artist Book Fair

Through the Facebook group Artists Books Collective, I joined a collaborative mail art book project, called sub(missive). Each contributor was sent instructions by the person below them on a list. Having been sent instructions by Alice Bradshaw, I was instructed told to make a new book work from, or inspired by 4 blank beer mats.  It was no easy feat to create a work that had some meaning, but was accessible too. 
Starting at the Leeds book fair, there's a possibility of the work going on to exhibit at Temporary Art Space Beer Mat show in May 2009.
I hope the sub(Missive) exhibition in Leeds goes really well (a little birdy told me members of the Tate will be visiting!) and with a lot of luck and determination, I might even be able to turn up myself!


A presentation, a setting, a reading. 

   4 beer mats and a facsimile pub table present a setting to glimpse at women’s progress with alcohol, through the 20th C,  from ‘protesting liquor prude’ to ‘shameless imprudent drinking hussy’.  Whether tea-total or drunk, women are more harshly judged than men by society.

   The 20th C was marked by women’s  attempt to escape oppression, subjugation and belittlement  by men. At the turn of the century a few women tried to control men and their vile habits by trying to outlaw  liquor. Unfortunately, this backlashed, and  made them look like bad sports, and rather unattractive to men. 

   Later, with new found freedom,  and a realisation that drinking was kinda nice after all they demanded the right to drink alongside men in bars and pubs. But, still on men’s terms, a woman could only enter the pub with a man, or with a group of women. If she went on her own, she was seen as a lush. 

   Later still, a new dawn of women’s lib hit both sides of the Atlantic, and women took to drinking with confidence. It still wasn’t that cool to go out drinking on your own, unless you knew the barman by name, were middle-aged and a bit  scarred emotionally. 

   Now, women everywhere have finally caught up with the opposite sex, and are drinking  with complete abandon: clubbing all night, throwing up in the  toilet, and collapsing in the gutter. Although a woman might end up alone on one of these binges, she probably started out with a man or a bunch of females, as society still has hypocritical views on women and drinking. On the surface women have equal rights to drink themselves to death, but society, and health authorities, still judges them more harshly for it.

  4 beer mats provide a brief reading of 4 stages of women and drink: promoting them on the surface;  elaborating in a facetious way on the reverse side, and covering up the  insidious stain on women’s lives, ingrained in reality.

Beer mats, grey board, book cloth, inkjet printed paper, craft spray, acid free binder’s paste, and pva glues and linen thread.

Leslie Wilson-Rutterford

London        2009

Brixton Summer Arts Fair June 29 2008

A day selling my artists books and other objects at the Electric Avenue Market in Brixton, South London, hosted by Blank Canvas-Art Core Initiatives.

Summer Art Fair, on Electric Avenue, Brixton, June 29 2008

Come along and see some of my artists books alongside other artists and makers at the Summer Community Arts Event, hosted by Core Initiatives, building stronger communities through the arts.

'TIME & SPACE' artists book exhibition at launch of new gallery in Leeds

My work including: Received, With Thanks (a modern-day receipt book) and Retread, a luggage tag book will be showing alongside other artists in the maiden exhibition for a new gallery, The Bowery, in Leeds, UK.

Set within the confines of a domestic living space, Time and Space examines new book works created in response to nostalgic associations of place and memory, alluding to the obsolete, discarded and lost.

The show includes work by national and international artists, across the breadth of book art practice, exploring the book as a time-based medium in various forms, including sculpture, found objects, audio, tactile and conceptual.

Contextualised within a living room environment, the work also functions to question how we curate our own private spaces, how we present ourselves and what we choose to reveal to, and conceal from the outside world.

This environment also affords the audience the opportunity to fully appreciate and experience contemporary book works, while allowing them time and space to reflect on their own associations and memories. See more here: Bowery Gallery

If you're in the area pop in to the private View and say 'hello', or drop by and check it out! Leslie x

One Night Stands #1 An Exhibition at the Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art


Interesting exhibition at Wimbledon School of Art last Monday evening. A good turn-out of people came to see the first 'One Night Stand', one of a series of 'three teams of curators, three provocations and one space'.'The three curatorial groups are taking turns to deliver a provocation to one another and respond to a given stimulus'. Monday night's response was by 'MA curating students of Sheffield Hallam University exploring the theme of ‘defamiliarization’ in response to Victor Shklovsky’s text ‘Russian Formalist Criticism’. The provocation given to them was to take into account the nature of time-specificity'.

I came across a call out from one of the participants, Diana Ali via the Arts Council newsletter. She was asking for a response to the word 'defamiliarisation'. I looked it up in the dictionary, and was none the wiser about what it meant. so, I made up a new definition: the act of obliterating all witches animals. I made an image to accompany it.

I took my little boy with me and we did the 1 and 1/2 hour journey via tube, to Wimbledon from Kentish Town. The students were friendly, and the exhibition was very good. As an artist who works with text alot, I was interested to see how words would be used in the gallery space. I also wanted to see how my contribution would be incorporated. I found out who Diana was, introduced myself and had a nice conversation with her. We agreed how dynamic it was to invite via the internet, and then integrate various contributors from around the world to make one work. A kind of global creation, which relied alot on openness and trust. I was really glad I made the effort to get there, meeting new people - artists- seeing what they're doing and sharing ideas. 

© Leslie Wilson-Rutterford April 2008

Conception and making of Received, With Thanks

A short slide show depicting the conception and making of Received, With Thanks. © Leslie Wilson-Rutterford April 2008

Making a luggage tag book

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An extra piece constructed for the RE: experimental book exhibition curated by at University of Northampton. A collaborative project, artists were asked to make a luggage tag. I continued with the theme of RE: (as in my Received, With thanks (a modern-day Receipt book), creating a stream of consciousness sequence of 'road' phrases, expressions and song titles. A progression develops, creating a new prose, which culminates in words quoted from Dante: 'Il cammin di nostra vita.* (The road of our life.) 

© Leslie Wilson-Rutterford March 2008

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