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General Introduction
As well as being a book artist I am a printmaker/graphic designer and a pro-rata
Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Bookmaking at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

I also have a PhD in Sustainable Design from Kingston University, UK. My practice-led PhD
was concerned with the use of Rejectamenta (“Things thrown away” - Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) by selected contemporary creators. I completed this in 2009.

The intent of the PhD research was to challenge preconceptions about the use of waste materials. It shows (through a variety of examples of contemporary creative practice) that items that initially hold negative value can be transformed, through the creative process, to objects that have a positive aesthetic value.

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My book-works are mostly linked to the use of rejectamenta -
either by the theme or by the recycled materials that I have used.


Exhibited books/work/articles

Artists’ Books in Collections:
Tate Library – re: catalogue (2008) with Melanie Bush

At The Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, UK:
Meeting in the Middle catalogue (2005) with
Melanie Bush & Louise McDonald, & Full Circle/Random
Journey Catalogue (2006) with Melanie Bush &
Louise McDonald

In the Special Collection, The University of Northampton Library:
CROP catalogue 2011 with Melanie Bush, (e)motive catalogue 2010
with Melanie Bush, closure catalogue 2009 with Melanie Bush, re: catalogue 2008 with Melanie Bush, ABC catalogue (2007) with Melanie Bush & Louise Bird,
Full Circle/Random Journey catalogue (2006) with Melanie Bush & Louise McDonald, and
Meeting in the Middle catalogue(2005) with Melanie Bush & Louise McDonald.

2013
Rejectamenta Slide Book exhibited at Love British Books, group exhibition. Palace of Congress, Tirane, Albania. 15-17 Nov 2013.
(s)he/sh(us)h (2012) featured in
500 Handmade Books Volume 2 (500 Series), Juror: Julie Chen, (2013), Lark Books, USA
To Make a Point – Broadcast (2013) created for wlyb point exhibition 2013, shown online from June 2013.

2012
Featured artist on http://www.coolitschools.com/start-imagining. Recyling materials and arts in schools project.
Rejectamenta Slide Book exhibited at Love British Books, group exhibition. The Artists’ Union Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia, June 2012 and The University of Northampton Oct-Nov 2012.
(s)he/sh(us)h (2012) and ‘minute catalogue’ (2012 with Melanie Bush) shown at wlyb minute exhibition at Avenue Campus, The University of Northampton, UK, Nov – Dec 2012 (extended)

2011
Oct 31st – Jan 2012 co curated CROP exhibition and catalogue with Melanie Bush.
Created CROP books for exhibition.

2010
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November – stand at Manchester Artists' Books Fair and brooches
made from recycled book pages. (Melanie on left, Emma on right).
Artist’s Books shown at 5th Manchester Artist’s Book’ Fair, MMU;
October 2010 – co curated (e)motive catalogue and exhibition at
artworks-mk, Milton Keynes and Avenue Campus, The University
of Northampton with Melanie Bush.
Created (e)motive books for exhibition.

2009
November 7th – stand at Manchester Artists' Books Fair
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15th Aug – 19th Sept co curated closure exhibition at artworks-mk, Milton Keynes
with Melanie Bush. Selected books from the exhibition toured to The
College of
Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah, UAE and The University of Northampton.
Summer – assisted by Melanie with creation of closure catalogue and we love your books
2005–2009 catalogue.
Summer 2009 – finished PhD and went on holiday!
Volume 7, Number 4, June 2009 (Spring 2009 issue), Bound & Lettered, USA.
Wrote article in conjunction with Melanie Bush about re: exhibition. Featured on pages 28-33.
9 – 29th January – Rejectamenta Resolution exhibition at The University of Northampton Gallery.
Exhibition of final PhD work.
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2008   
8th November – 3rd Manchester Artist’s Book Fair, UK. Exhibited selected artist’s books and

re: catalogue (2008) with Melanie Bush.
3rd - 14th November – selected artist’s books and
re: catalogue
(2008) with Melanie Bush – as part of selected work from re:
exhibition (exhibition co - curator) at The University of Portsmouth, UK.
18th July - 23rd August – selected artist’s books and
Meeting in the Middle catalogue
2005 with Melanie Bush & Louise McDonald shown at Unfolding The Art Shop & Gallery,
Abergavenny, Wales.
12 July - 23 August – selected artist’s books and
re: catalogue (2008) with Melanie Bush for
re: (exhibition co - curator) at artworks-mk, Milton Keynes, UK.
9 - 29 May – selected artist’s books and
re: catalogue (2008) with Melanie Bush for
‘Re:’ (exhibition co - curator) The University of Northampton Gallery,
Northampton, UK.
11 & 12 April – selected artist’s books shown at The Society of Bookbinders 4th Biennial
Training Seminar, at Loughborough University, UK.


2007
Winter 2007 - article on AB' exhibition published in USA bookarts journal 'Bound and Lettered'.
November 2007 - created series of 10 re:use – rejectamenta resource books for 2008 re: exhibition
and final PhD submission. Housed in reused iMac remote-control boxes.
*china in box *barcodes shut
October 2007 – co-wrote illustrated article Meeting in the Middle - a book arts collaboration with
Melanie Bush, published in UK book arts journal The Blue Notebook Volume 2, No. 1
September 2007 – exhibited re:use pocket books (2007), Badges
(2005+6), Cyanotype circular books (2007), Collaborative Cubes (2007), collaborative ABC catalogue
(2007), with Melanie Bush & Louise Bird at 2nd Manchester Artists' Books Fair.
Summer/Autumn 2007 – devised re:use pocket book for re: exhibition.
Summer/Autumn 2007 – submitted altered book Peace to an exhibition of altered books curated
by Celia Jackson and exhibited at The Flock Gallery, School of Art, Media and Design, University of Wales,
Newport. Thursday 4th October - Thursday 18th October 2007.
Exhibition then toured for 2 weeks to Newport Central Library. All the books were then
catalogued and made available for borrowing from library stock, either as a collection for
exhibition, or individually.
*Emma 'Peace'
'Peace' (August 22nd 2007). Original book on The War
of the Roses which ended on August 22nd 1485.

Summer 2007 – 100 bookmarks submitted as part of Sarah Bodman's Bookmarks V project -
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England, Bristol, UK.
May/June 2007 – Co-curator of A (is for add) B (is for book) C (is for Collaborate) open exhibition of
creative artists' books held at The University Of Northampton (toured to Herefordshire College of
Art & Design August–September 2007).
May/June 2007 - work exhibited in group show Art from Detritus curated by Vernita Nemec and held at
The Synagogue for the Arts, Tribeca, New York, USA.
25 April to 11 May 2007 – entered altered book to Sarah Bodman's Regenerator project - Centre for Fine
Print Research, University of West England, Bristol, UK shown at Off-Centre gallery, Bristol.

2006
Co-author of Random Journey/Full Circle catalogue in UWE bookarts archive.
Autumn 2006 - article and work published in USA bookarts journal 'Bound and Lettered'.
September 2006 - exhibited at First Manchester Book Arts Fair.
May/June 2006 - Rejectamenta3 at the Fletcher Foyer Gallery, DMU
(De Montfort University) Leicester UK.
May/June 2006 - work exhibited in group show Art from Detritus curated by Vernita Nemec and held at
The Synagogue for the Arts, Tribeca, New York, USA.
May 2006 - co-curator and exhibiting artist Full Circle/Random Journey (international exhibition of
experimental and artist’s books) held at The University of Northampton, UK.

2005
November 2005 –
work exhibited at LAB '05 (London Artist’s Book Fair at the ICA, London, UK)
May 2005 - co-curator and exhibiting artist Meeting in the Middle (international exhibition of
experimental and artist’s books) held at The University of Northampton, UK.
May 2005 – co-curator and exhibiting artist Is Mail Art Dead? (touring exhibition) held at
AUT (Auckland University of Technology) New Zealand.
April 2005 - work exhibited in group show Art from Detritus curated by Vernita Nemec and held at
The Synagogue for the Arts, Tribeca, New York, USA.

2004
May/June 2004 –
co-curator and exhibiting artist Is Mail Art Dead?
Held at The University of Northampton, UK.
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April 2004 - work exhibited in group show Art from Detritus curated by Vernita Nemec and
held at The Synagogue for the Arts, Tribeca, New York, USA.

2003
June/July 2003 -
group exhibition: 6 at the Gallery, UCN, Northampton, UK (PhD work in
progress). 6 exhibits - screenprints and etchings.
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Selection of work published in Kalliope (journal) vol XXV no.1.

2001
April 2001 –
Rejectamenta2 at the Gallery, UCN, Northampton, UK.

2000
October 2000 –
Rejectamenta at the Upstairs Gallery, The City Gallery, Leicester, UK.

1999
December 1999 –
work exhibited in Open Exhibition at The City Gallery, Leicester, UK.
December 1999 – Withdrawn solo exhibition at The Ark, Leicester's Environmental Resource
Centre and Green Restaurant, UK.
August 1999 – Consuming Habits at Phoenix Arts, Leicester, UK (joint exhibition).

1998
December 1998 –
Encapsulation solo exhibition at The Ark, Leicester's Environmental Resource
Centre and Green Restaurant, UK.
December 1998 - Winner of seasonal card competition at The City Gallery, Leicester, UK.

The images below are of a selection of Emma's books.
Emma Powell Leicester, UK. no man’s land, 2017. Limited edition. www.rejectamenta.com & Instagram: dremmapowell

Emma Powell Leicester, UK. no man’s land, 2017. Limited edition. www.rejectamenta.com & Instagram: dremmapowell

Emma Powell Leicester, UK. no man’s land, 2017. Limited edition. www.rejectamenta.com & Instagram: dremmapowell

Emma Powell Leicester, UK. no man’s land, 2017. Limited edition. www.rejectamenta.com & Instagram: dremmapowell

Emma Powell mock up

Emma Powell mock up

Emma Powell process

Emma Powell process

Emma Powell, Act : Hide 1

Emma Powell, Act : Hide 1

Emma Powell, Act : Hide

Emma Powell, Act : Hide

Emma Powell

Emma Powell

To make a point: broadcast

To make a point: broadcast

To make a point: broadcast

To make a point: broadcast

To make a point: broadcast for wlyb point exhibition 2013

To make a point: broadcast for wlyb point exhibition 2013

(S)HE/SH(US)H

(S)HE/SH(US)H

(S)HE/SH(US)H

(S)HE/SH(US)H

(S)HE/SH(US)H for wlyb minute exhibition 2012

(S)HE/SH(US)H for wlyb minute exhibition 2012

(S)HE/SH(US)H

(S)HE/SH(US)H

cropcropcrop, crop & wind

cropcropcrop, crop & wind

cropcropcrop

cropcropcrop

cropcropcrop

cropcropcrop

wind

wind

wind

wind

wind

wind

crop

crop

crop

crop

crop

crop

crop for wlyb crop exhibition 2011

crop for wlyb crop exhibition 2011

type experiments - crop

type experiments - crop

type experiments - crop

type experiments - crop

type experiments - crop

type experiments - crop

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - Magcloud books

(e)motive - Magcloud books

(e)motive - Magcloud books

(e)motive - Magcloud books

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

(e)motive - with Melanie Bush

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration - letterpress

erosion, accretion and obliteration - letterpress

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

erosion, accretion and obliteration

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted piece for wlyb (e)motive exhibition 2010

composted piece for wlyb (e)motive exhibition 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

composted pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for wlyb (e)motive exhibition 2010

billboard pieces for wlyb (e)motive exhibition 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

billboard pieces for (e)motive 2010

closure 2009

closure 2009

PhD depression

PhD depression

PhD depression

PhD depression

PhD depression

PhD depression

PhD depression

PhD depression

closure

closure

closure

closure

closure

closure

rejectamenta collection

rejectamenta collection

rejectamenta resource

rejectamenta resource

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta

rejectamenta collection

rejectamenta collection

for re: 2008 (Emma)

for re: 2008 (Emma)

ABC curators

ABC curators' cubes a-z

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

R is for Rejenerator

rejectamenta receipts

rejectamenta receipts

rejectamenta receipts

rejectamenta receipts

envelopes

envelopes

print patterns

print patterns

print patterns

print patterns

print patterns

print patterns

paper wraps rock

paper wraps rock

paper wraps rock

paper wraps rock

paper wraps rock

paper wraps rock

pixelate

pixelate