A small edition of books showcasing the wonderful ampersand in all its glory. The structure is called interlocking loops from ‘The Art of the Fold’ - the whole book can be made from just an A3 sheet. I also had a bit of free space left at the bottom of the sheet when I created the artwork, so I added a few more cheeky ampersands to make badges. Both the book and the badges will be available at Bristol Artists’ Book Event (BABE) at the Arnolfini on 30/31 March. And then in my online shop from early April…
Making slipcases for my edition of folded books of arrows. I find my set of key stock (gauged metal bars) really handy for measuring common widths on a production line of books. But I’ve just discovered a new use... weighing down the glued flap on a slipcase while it dries. A small thing, and I know it’s pretty niche, but this has made a fiddly and time consuming task a whole heap easier!
In spite of expert teaching by Csilla Biro (and patient assistance from Carmen Garaghon) I managed to tie myself in (literal) knots trying to learn a marionette stab binding at last week’s Artists’ Book Club. Never one to be thwarted by a needle and thread, I went away and had another go. Still a bit wonky and the tension is a little uneven, but at least the stitches are in the right place. Very satisfying to stitch as the pattern starts to take shape. Many thanks to Csilla for teaching this tricksy binding. . . .
Cracking print job from printed.com - really good reproduction of the original colours of my letrafilm collages created back in January. In the process of turning these flat sheets into concertina books to be sold at BABE at the Arnolfini in Bristol on 30/31 March…
Making tiny pamphlet books of my recent typewriter patterns for the Bristol Artists’ Book Event (BABE) at the Arnolfini on 30/31 March…
Collaged bits and bobs from my typing experiments... they remind me of high-rise buildings... now thinking of a typed cityscape concertina book. . .
Typewriter patterns - becomes quite addictive once you get into the swing of it. . .
Inspired by the wonderful typed patterns in the sketchbooks of Anni Albers at the recent Tate exhibition, I decided to have a dabble myself. Hoping to make a small pamphlet book of the patterns (if my concentration span extends to 16 of them!)
Making tiny star books for Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) - running out of weeks so need to ramp up into production line mode. It’ll be at the Arnolfini in Bristol on the weekend of 30/31 March. . . .
I ran a really fun crown binding workshop at the Artists’ Book Club at UWE last week. It’s a Hedi Kyle structure – based on her famous blizzard book folds – although this workshop was based on a simplified version developed by Alisa Golden which is just the spine structure. Thanks to everyone who came along... lots of lovely books made in super-fast time!
W is for waftage, meaning transportation through air or water. The latest rubber stamp illustration in my Anglo-Swedish exchange of words collaboration with Eva Hejdstrom.
The exhibition curated by Simon Ryder of Liverpool Book Art is moving this week from Liverpool down to Bristol. Work by 50 artists all created in response to Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ will be on display at Bower Ashton Library at UWE from 1-28 February. I’m gathering together some of my preparatory materials for my embroidered book to take along to a Show & Tell event at the library on Saturday 2 February, 11am - 12.30pm. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the books and hearing more about the exhibitions in Liverpool.
Tiny collages using the stash of letrafilm kindly gifted by Eva Hejdstrom. I’m enjoying working quickly and intuitively at this small scale.
A new year, a new letter in my exchange of words with Eva Hejdstrōm. V is for vågig, a Swedish word meaning wavy. . .
Lovely end to the year to return home from Christmas travels to find the new edition of Uppercase magazine waiting. Thrilled to bits that my Anglo-Swedish exchange of words collaboration with Eva Hejdstrōm is featured in this tenth anniversary issue. We’re currently up to V in the alphabet, so on the home strait now. It’s been such a fun project to work on together... the pure opposite of the absolute nonsense of Brexit. Here’s wishing everyone a very happy and creative 2019!
Winding down for a festive break at last. Thought I’d end the year as I started it with a final collage from the mouse-chewed magazine I found in my garage. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas!
Umbratic, meaning shadowy. The latest rubber stamp illustration in my Anglo-Swedish exchange of Words with Eva Hejdstrom.
Another great Artist’s Book Club (ABC) at UWE yesterday. Many thanks to Alyn and Csilla for teaching the rather festive star book structure – deceptively simple once all the folding is complete. Looking forward to making a few more of these to get the hang of it properly. . .
I’ve been interviewed by Bryony Morgan for the Made in Bristol blog ahead of the Gift Fair at the Colston Hall this weekend. See here for more photos and my pontifications on the delights of making books. Full disclosure: my studio is rarely as tidy as shown in the top photo, but nice to capture a moment in time when I actually had some clear space to work! Didn’t last long.
I’ve turned a small stack of 1960’s Pelican paperbacks into folded Christmas trees, topped with origami gold stars. The books were being thrown out by my Dad and are all on social work theory - a mighty festive subject matter. Ho ho ho. These will be on sale at the Made in Bristol gift fair at the Colston Hall on Saturday 8 December. Do come along and say hello if you’re in Bristol this weekend…