Discover & support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’, plus by exploring the OSNotts website and by visiting them in their studios and workplaces around the county & city on the dates stated.

  • Visit the Open Studio of Hilke, with her guest Clare Morgan, on 25-26 June, 11-6 at Wollaton (Nottingham South, venue 36).
    • Try some hands-on printing/stamp making (free activity).
    • Refreshments – free light snacks & drinks.
    • No Wheelchair Access – no stairs but high threshold, narrow doorways & no space to turn wheelchair in studio; suitable for pushchairs & prams.

Hilke Kurzke - studio printingBOOK ART, PRINTMAKING, MINIATURES
Book artist, utilizing printmaking, paper mache, miniatures and whatever craft is needed to tell a story.
Wash House Studio, 9 Bridge Road, WOLLATON NG8 2DG
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I am Hilke Kurzke, book artist, printmaker and writer. I originally trained to be a mathematician but turned first to craft bookbinding after leaving university, and then discovered book art and branched out to selling bookbinding supplies as one leg of support and to art as another. With my art I explore the magic of writing and casting the voice of my characters into other people’s heads and generating mood with interactive (book) objects, imagery, and print. I am interested in a variety of topics and make art about identity, maternity and the beauty in maths.


My studio is located in a Victorian wash house, a masonry outbuilding to our family home. Here I store materials and work on books. In my wash house studio I bind prints, empty pages and printed stories into books and make miniature and paper based artwork.



I am interested in the magic of writing, in how we speak, and in hidden meaning in a very broad sense. I explore this through books written in secret script, and creating enclosures that have to be destroyed to find out what’s inside. I write stories and make them into books.


In the physical Open Studio event – We are going to make simple prints, either by eraser cutting or scratching with a needle into a perspex plate (suitable for older children and adults who can safely use sharp knives), or using a foam plate which can be manipulated with a ballpoint pen. The following video shows a simple print being made: