Cyanotypes on tour

As you may have gathered I am a bit addicted to making cyanotype prints. So on this trip I prepared lots of paper and carried it around with me to use all sorts of things I found to make prints which really capture a sense of place for me.

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Apologies and drawings

I must apologise for neglecting this site for a while, my mind has been fully on ‘The Nomadic Northerner’ my second site. I will endeavour to do better now everything is up and running, its just sometimes I need to eat and sleep!

I am currently at the end of a fantastic four week explore from Bangkok to Bangkok taking in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia on the way. I have seen some beautiful things and been as busy as possible keeping up to date with a sketchbook/visual journal so on my return I can make some work all about it. First of all I have to visit Myanmar! For now please accept a few drawings from my sketchbook as recompense for my shoddiness.

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Introducing ‘The Nomadic Northerner’!

Well during August I got busy creating a new website! I am really quite proud of myself for getting this sorted. I owe much thanks to a couple of friends Zoe and Nic for encouraging me aka kicking me up the bum to get started and to my cousin Jacx for helping me come up with the name over one or two glasses of wine.

It is a blog site dedicated to travel, food and art so in many ways an extension of this. I really hope people enjoy it and discover places, recipes, exhibitions and books that might inspire or at the very least bring a smile. I would love it if you took a look and let me know what you think…

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…and another book


This little book is made from individual pages each with a cyanotype print on one side and a section of found paper on the other. Creating a collection of memories constructed by stitch into a book. The title is ‘Capitolo VII’ which came from one of the books I found and means ‘Chapter VII’ because I spent the seventh month of the year there. If you scroll back a couple of posts you can see the pages laid out before they were stitched together.


Memories in a tin


This is a tin containing three books I made as a ‘sense of place’ of where I was staying in Italy. The first one is made from cyanotype prints I made from a range of found objects like plants from the hillside and doilies bought at a local market. The second is made from found papers, letters and magazines. The third is three watercolours of the mountain that was my view at different times of the day.

Making little books, a bit of an obsession!

I’m just back from a few weeks in Italy which has proved very productive! I got a second wind half way through when I found a bit of a stash of old papers, magazines and letters probably from around the ’50’s and 60’s. One persons rubbish is another persons gold dust! I started making little books using the found papers and a range of cyanotype prints I had made of flora, fauna and objects from the surrounding hillside and places I visited. In total I have made nine books during my stay, three in a tin left for my friend , one posted to another friend who is very involved with mail art and the rest came home with me.

If you want to see everything follow the link to Instagram on the right. And for now here is a sample of some pages ready to be stitched together.

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Palombaro – Italy

I am currently in Italy for a while on a kind of self imposed residency to draw and paint what I see, a bit like doing your exercises to keep fit, and for me drawing takes me to my happy place so its never a chore! I am very fortunate to have a friend living here and in a spectacularly beautiful area. The view from the house is of a mountain and it is constantly changing. I have found myself drawn to it and have watched it for hours a bit like ‘slow’ television. These are some of my quick watercolours capturing different times of the day.

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And some of mine…

Following on from the work of the students last week here are some of the books I made. If you follow the link on the right to Instagram there are films of some of these in action.


Artists Book Workshops

Last week I had the pleasure of helping to lead three day workshops making artists books. Year twelves from King Edward VII school in Sheffield came to explore the possibilities with us and I think had a great time. They produced some fantastic books, here is a small selection.

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