Friday, October 6, 2017

new zine

If you enjoy very small books that tease your mind this may be of interest to you. This little 8 page zine of found images and text has been put together so that each page is a separate narrative for you to unravel. There are no correct answers or solutions and you are encouraged to use your imagination. Maybe even make your own and bounce it back to me on line. 
If you would like a copy leave a comment and an email (above right) and I can send you the whole book to print on an A4 sheet and assemble yourself. Too easy!

Friday, August 25, 2017

POST/CARD disruption

After making a special card for a friend, I just kept going. Just a couple of post cards while the bookmaking has a wee spell. It is a while since making some for a book "Yesterday" and even earlier as Travel = Postcards  about 4 years ago.
I think we might be entering a new Post-Card era now that the digital mode is taking over (for most but not all!) My poor disrupted post man or is it Post/man. 
This one is an infra red version of the much more colourful original. Amazing how the mood changes.

The collaged bits were arranged on an old photo of graffiti on a rusty wall. Might make a few more to post online if not in the mail, even though they have none of the feel and intimacy of holding one in you hand.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

my confused vegetables

It has been so warm this winter in Queensland that most of my vegetables are quite confused. Spring onions are usually my summer crop as well as my Asian Greens but I've planted early this year. This has thrown the rhythm  of my normal day and I am spending so long in the glorious sunshine tending my crops that some days I don't even get into my studio. Consequently, my book a month is behind schedule but maybe I can catch up during the rest of the year.

My red bok choi, is spectacular and tasty too. The backlit leaf makes the veins stand out and reminds me of the Mekong delta from the air. I love planting and eating my Asian Greens as they and the food they make remind me so fondly of travelling in Viet Nam, Japan and Malaysia. Now that the garden is pumping I can get back to my normal practice of working in my studio every day as well.

Meanwhile I have started on a little book "roadtalk" with photos I took ages ago and always wanted to use but the photos got lost amongst my other source material until the other day. It's intriguing how suddenly a familiar footpath or roadside get written on with a spraycan with strange code. It must be a bit like the Beat instructions or signs to their homeless mates about conditions of a nearby squat or the presence of the police. Signs and codes also used by artists like Basquiat in their own work. At this stage I am editing and reprinting some photos in B&W as well to use later.

Friday, June 16, 2017

a road less travelled

"A road less travelled"with be my 6th for the year so I'm still on target for my "one a month". I made this little codex book  for my daughter Katie for her 40th birthday and it refers in an abstract way to various aspects of her life so far. Most of her work has been in education with Australian indigenous children and the images and stains and waxes refer to this with a bird's eye perspective. 

The images were made from graphite rubbings of a didactic plinth for a sculpture of Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls in Parliament gardens in Melbourne. These images on ordinary photocopy paper from our hotel  were then stained and waxed with turmeric, xanthorrhoea resin and bees wax when I returned back to my studio to seal in my drawn mixed media images.
The tracing paper interleaving to stop the waxy pages sticking together, has been pierced and torn to look both forward to the next or back to the last page and get little glimpses of the future or past.
The title refers to the way Katie's life is a little different to that of most of her friends and peers.

Friday, May 12, 2017

for Carina

While I am working on a new project for completion in month 5, I've also been busy reworking an artist proof from a small edition of 5 of "Counting" I made recently. I've called this one "Who is Counting?" 
In case my project takes longer than I hope, this will be book 5 of this years work for "one a month". This copy is for my friend Carina in Finland.
By looking back at the original "Counting" , you can see that as well as a new cover , the pages have acquired some translucent overlays with additional drawings.

As you can guess, there are also some changes to the page underneath the new liftable flap which will remain a mystery to all except Carina. I am seriously thinking of using this process for more of my copies in an edition so that they are all similar but also individual and different.


I think there may be a name for this sort of varied edition. Please let me know what it is .

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Boekie of the month "exercises on loci"

Even though it was never his favourite subject at school, Spiderman has just completed a little boekie for lovers at the intersection of art and mathematics.

After repeated "brushes" with my favourite Golden Orb Spider smack bang across my face, I have been using the experience as a source of ideas for exploring more images and ideas.
The spider has gone, my boekie is finished and I have more images to share if there is any interest. (I know how frightening spiders can be for some people). Let me know and I'll post a few more.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

3rd Book for 2017 "Ways to Enter and Exit"

I have just finished my third book for 2017, "Ways to Enter and Exit". I made this blank flutterbook first, using Otis College Book Arts, "Bookbinding: Create a flutter book" on U Tube as a guide. 

I intend to use this little project of "A book a Month" to explore new formats and bindings as well as images and concepts. This book is like a concertina but joined to the cover and can be displayed open as well as individual pages, although I have designed the images to span two facing pages. 

I have a very industrious spider in my garden who like to build her web at head high across a path I use every day. The web catches me fair in the face every morning, right across my glasses, leaving the broken web hanging from my camelia bush.

I have found a way to get a print of the web on paper by spraying the web with paint and catching the wet web on paper.

I used pieces of these drawings, found text and a background of black gesso to make the images for each double page spread.

I used a very fine nib for both white and black inks but also my favourite very fine manga pen, a Pilot HI-Tec-C 0.25 mm thick I brought back from Japan. I'm sure you'll agree these drawings are quite a departure from my usually more spontaneous mark making.
Before I return to my comfort zone I might dilly dally for a while exploring some of the mathematical skills that my spider must have in abundance.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Manly Library Artists' Book Award selection

Last year Helen Malone and I  finished our collaborative book "The Future of an Illusion". (For details and images of this book please click the link.) Since we haven't had a chance to show our book , we were both delighted to be selected by 
the judges Michael Hedger and Ben Rak for exhibition in the 2017  Manly Library Artists' Book Award.
In addition I also had a little book I had made by myself accepted - "Redacted in Limbo".

“[Redacted] in Limbo is informed by my concerns for refugees who to come looking for freedom from persecution and a new life as migrants in Australia. The triangular is a metaphor for the tents they live in or the boats they use to make their journey.

The title of the book refers to source of the text which is from the “Nauru Files” published by the Guardian Newspaper in November, 2016. Most information of conditions in the camps and treatment of the refugees has been kept secret from the public by the Australian Government.

The book has felt covers from old Army blankets which have been waxed to make them still like sails and the book has been designed to stand up so that pages can be viewed and turned. Bitumen and canvas have also been used to suit the rugged outdoor feeling of the book and make it waterproof.. 

 The design uses some of the text from the “Nauru Files” and image repetitions of cut-out stencil people who are confused, damaged and mixed up as shown by the random crumpling of the paper, to a more ordered, peaceful one. 

The individual waxed pages of the book involve crumpling, and layering and repetition of images and text as metaphors for the mental health and physical damage caused by the harsh process used to settle our new citizens that came by boat. 

Although the crumpled marks can be smoothed they can never be removed.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Counting" SECOND BOOK for 2017

Still keeping up with my goal of a book a month. This new one"counting", (my second for 2017) is a small mixed media concertina using some of my travel photos in B&W and text. Haven't used photography much for my bookwork in the past but finding it opens up an exciting new area for exploration.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

mum's the word

The old floppy disc looks so long ago and I thought would make a great cover for a book that includes bits of very old brittle paper I have embedded in wax to protect them. "Mum's the word" is an old phrase for keeping quiet or secret information which suits my drawings and marks perfectly.

I am still using the same very restricted colour range as earlier drawings to link them to a series of little works. This is the first book for 2017 -the aim is to make one a month.

In case you have forgotten ever seeing the floppy discs, they are 13cms square so that will give you an idea of how small these little secret messages are.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"co - ordinates"

The first little book for the new year. It was started in Mackay when I was there for the Libris event. I always seem to be able to make new work when I am in different surroundings. Maybe my senses are more alert and open to new stimuli. I made the cover once I got home so in reality it is really one of last years books (the last).
The card for the cover and some of the old paper I used for the mixed media drawings, is from an old book of my mother's from her school days (about 80 yrs old). The lined paper is thicker and has a sheen and is now almost an ivory colour. 

The hinge and fastener are felt from an old army blanket we all seemed to have when we were children. It fits rather well with the vintage recycled card of my mother's old exercise book.