Book Aid

Through her on-line textile magazine Workshop on the Web, UK textile artist Maggie Grey is organizing an international competition to raise funds for two causes, the south Asia tsunami appeal and the children affected by AIDS in Africa.

The competition, called Book Aid, asks for entrants to make books - stitched books, altered books, board books, folded books - any form of book. These books will be donated by their makers and will either be auctioned on-line or sold at a series of exhibitions to take place in the UK. The first of these will be in December 2005 and two more are planned for 2006. There are some wonderful prizes of art and textile materials which have been generously donated by suppliers such as Art Van Go, Ivy House Studio and Rainbow Silks.

What will happen to the money raised? It will go to two organizations active in the regions:

Both these initiatives are very specific and the money raised will make a huge difference to people's lives. More details can be found on Maggie's personal web site ( together with lots of pics and ideas for makers of books. Alternatively, email or write to her at 78 Marshwood Avenue, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH17 9EP, UK. You don't have to subscribe to Workshop on the Web to join in.

Together we really can make a difference.

scroll by Valerie Campbell HardingScroll by Valerie Campbell-Harding. Mixed media with stitched slips.

Further details from Maggie Grey (email ) or Fiona Edwards (email ).