Moving books

October 20, 2011

In the summer I had a go at making a short animation of my dandelion books, it was  intended as a quick rough sketch, it took an hour at the most, then I spent the next few months trying to find the piece of music I wanted to add to it. Finally it’s done! Music by David Armes of Last Harbour.

Gum Dichromate

October 19, 2011

tri-colour of an amzing fuzzy tree in Rye

2 colour photo of a place I love in norfolk, its the gap between the trees that does it, it has a telegraph pole running through it's middle.

I spent 2 lovely days at Hot Bed Press last weekend on a workshop taught by John Brewer who specialises in alternative photographic printing methods. Gum Dichromate is like a photographic watercolour process, so you can build up washes of an image. I think we were all surprised at how many prints we could make in the time we had and it all got a bit giddy on the last day – so much fun and some results I’m quite happy with. The best thing about it is that it’s best to work with digital photos – finally a way ( I can handle) of adding magic and depth to digital pictures.

Manchester Cloth

October 19, 2011

I forgot to mention the exhibition we had for this project at the end of the summer – a day of showing people around the tribulations of a years collaborative work  accompanied by tea, cake and an ace piano player.


October 19, 2011

I’ve been crossing my fingers whilst suicide printing an edition for the 20:20 print exchange organised by Hot Bed Press.  I think it came out ok in the end.  The print carries on a theme started in my book The Bridges of Budapest where greenery is exploding from the page, this time I was thinking of the sounds and smells murmuring in Matthew Weltons’ The Book of Matthew, hence the murmuring.


New work

October 19, 2011

trial print for the journey series,

I made some new prints for the Hot Bed Press residency at Warrington Art Gallery and Museum.  We were asked to respond to one of the themes in the Inspired to…exhibition that showcases work from the collection under the categories music, seasons, love and journeys. I’ve spent the summer sitting in random places meditating on the wild spaces between paths of travel we cut through the landscape. It seemed a natural progression to use these shapes in the prints. It’s hard to see, but the whole print is debossed, honest. There are four prints at Warrington as part of the Warrington Arts festival, showing until the 27th October so have a look if you can. Among others showing are Mandy Tolley and Kelly Dyson who are both brilliant printmakers.

2 lovely things

October 19, 2011

Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Emily Speed’s work.  The Bothy Gallery seemed a perfect fit, not too big, not too small and with just the right shaped spaces for the work.  Accompanied by a book with poetic essays on space and process.  By the last day of the exhibition harvest spiders had moved into the architectural cardboard spaces, as I imagine any of us would if it were physically possible.