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The Commons: Re-enchanting the World

The aim of @reenchanting_the_commons is to transport the reader to an agricultural craft museum which tells the story of social and cultural history. Within the 146 pages are collections, concepts and conversations concerning our relationship with landscapes, materials, food and the natural world.

The book forms a wonderfully eclectic mix of illustrations, written word and photography. Texture filled artwork
is given a natural slant with its styling and rough aesthetic.

Supported by The Arts Council @aceagrams
UCA @unicreativearts
And konstnarsnamnden @swedish_arts_grants_committee

Designed by Kristen Fraser, the publication documents The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World curated by Catherine Morland and Amanda Couch that took place at The Museum of English Rural Life @the.merl University of Reading, from January 2020 – April 2022. The book features colour images of the work and installations of artists, #KelechiAnucha and Carl Gent @fashion_vacuum , Sam Wallman @ourmembersbeunlimited @sigridholmwood @catmorland and @amandacouch_art with texts written by the artists contextualising their response to the Commons and the work’s relationship to The MERL collections. The book also features introductory texts by the curators, an essay tour of the gallery installations by the curator of MERL Collections, Ollie Douglas, an essay by Sigrid Holmwood as well as documentation of the events, workshops and other relationships that formed part of the project.

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200x155mm Books
4pp Cover onto 250gsm Uncoated 100% Recycled
150pp Text onto 170gsm Uncoated 100% Recycled
Four colour print throughout
Trimmed, collated and perfect bound

Trimmed to a bespoke, slightly off kilter size wider than A5 and it definitely had to be printed onto soft uncoated 100% recycled paper.

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