Image of a paper theatre card pop-out with background of mountains and sea/sky combined, middle layer of a classical scene with temple and trees, and curtains. Two victorian women, one with curled goats horns, clasp hands on layer 2. A woman with a bird head can be seen in the distance. Text can just be glimpsed 'the key'
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Pop up & pop out visual poetry book experiments

During June I’ve been experimenting with pop-up and pop out ideas. I want to be ready to work with The Ethelzine next year on a visual poetry book. It’s also great timing because the staff showcase is coming up at my workplace, Hereford College of Arts. This is an annual event, part of Herefordshire Art Week. This year I wanted to have something more than a memory stick full of images.

A pop up card which shows theatre curtains in pink, behind them two characters in edwardian dress (one with curled goat horns) clasp hands, behind them a woodland and ruined temple, behind that an other character with a bird head, stands before a moonscape background . Glimpsed text reads 'the key the kist'

Visual poetry book 1: Accordion theatre

This project is based on found poetry from a vintage book of wedding customs. I initially called these ‘directives’ and they were flat images. However, to make them into an object I’ve split the layers, printed and cut them, and used folded paper to separate each layer.

These are very much samples, and the print quality isn’t great, but they will be accompanied by some of the customs from the book and slots so that people can make their own found charms (as well as some of my poetry)

Visual poetry book 2: Pop up theatre/card

I wanted to see if I could make a pop up card, and I can – it’s very simple, with slots for the text, but it makes me think that if I have lots of these, as an accordion, or perhaps using cut-through techniques. to make a book it might be worth working on as an idea for next year. I can intersperse images with poetry, as well as offering this out as an interactive book. We’ll see what The Ethelzine think to this when I’ve worked it out more fully!

Close up of two edwardian characters from the first image, on their various paper layers (visual poetry card not yet assembled). Text reads 'Directives 3 - findings - the key the kist the lock

Staff Showcase at Hereford College of Arts

I’m looking forward to showing these, along with images and poetry from last year. Luckily, I can take part in the Staff Showcase at Hereford College of Arts, where I work. This is part of Herefordshire’s Art Week, an annual event where artists and crafts people across the county open up their studios to share work and working processes.

So, if you’re in the area, I hope I might meet some of you there, and be able to show you my small paper samples (and lots of lovely digital images) in person.

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Bio: Sarah-Jane's work is inspired by fairytales, nature, psychogeography and surrealism. She uses bricolage to explore the space between real and imagined; creating alternative narratives as small acts of resistance. Sarah-Jane's work can be seen in various journals, including Waxwing Literary Journal, Petrichor, Sugar House Review (Sugar Suites), Thrush Journal and Iron Horse Literary Review. You can find her on Twitter @Sarahjfc or on her website at

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