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.

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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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Alfred Denny Museum

After discovering the Sorby slides a few weeks back at the Millenium Gallery (see post from April 7th) I discovered they were kept in the Alfred Denny Museum. The Alfred Denny is part of Sheffield University and only open to the public once a month or by arrangement. I have finally been for a visit and it didn’t disappoint! It is crammed full of bottles and jars of pickled specimens and rows of skeletons and taxidermied creatures…

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Lovely package

The more people who are finding out about my Lost & Found project the more interesting stories and conversations I am having. I am collecting all sorts of stories of treasures loved and lost. Another rather lovely happening is that people have started sending me treasures to work with that have sat in the back of drawers for years. This little collection came from a contact on Instagram and I am over the moon, such a delightful little haul to play with! Always very grateful.

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Drawings of Openings

I have just taken down my show in Lewes and been sorting through images. It made me realise I haven’t posted many of my India drawings so here you go. They are all charcoal, ink, emulsion and pencil about seven layers each drawing starting with charcoal ending with pencil and lots of fluid marks inbetween.

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All done time for a sit down!

After months of preparing and making work it is such a pleasure to see a body of work come together in one place. At home I only have space to view maybe three pieces at one time so its always a bit of a gamble (however much you prepare) you never quite know how it will turn out. Well I’m pleased to report that I am very happy with this exhibition and have been a little overwhelmed with the positive feedback, so thank you to everyone for that, I am forever grateful.

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