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June 22, 2012

In recent weeks my life has consisted of one interruption after another. It has been impossible to concentrate on the important creative stuff, so I have been paste-paper-making, an almost entirely intuitive process.

I did finish my Saffron Walden book in time for the end-of-year show.

It’s much too floppy. If I were making it again I’d use thick watercolour paper.

I was able also to complete two different prototypes of  “Paradise Lost”, my contribution to BookArtObject. The response to one of them was so positive that there was no doubt about which one I should go with.

Jane Paterson and I volunteered to lead a session at ABCD on June 16th, so we got together the week before and enjoyed a morning of experimental splodging, followed by lunch at the wonderful Sheppey Inn at Lower Godney.

I used some of my papers to cover coptic-sewn notebooks. Afterwards I gave them a light layer of beeswax furniture polish to make the colours glow.

The one on the left was made with indigo powder that had become damp and was no longer usable for dyeing. It gave a very intense colour that almost completely obscured the magazine-cover over which it was painted. More detail can be seen by clicking on the photo. The greenish circle on the cover of the book on the right was made up of semicircular off-cuts from the second prototype of “Paradise Lost”, which encloses a stylised forest in a design similar to the one on the cover of this notebook. Yes, I keep all my scraps! Don’t you?

There were eight of us in Bron Bradshaw’s studio at The Dove on the 16th. Within a couple of hours every available surface was covered with soggy papers.

Many were made by squishing two together and then separating them. Here, Rowena Pearce is pulling two papers apart.

As usual, the shared lunch was colourful and delicious and was eaten with much merriment. Afterwards we discussed plans for a very different agenda for the coming year, beginning in October after Somerset Art Weeks, and saw some beautiful books by new ABCD member Clare Diprose. Her use of home-made rubber stamps is inspirational. She combines them with writing and alfresco watercolour in little holiday journals.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Beau Beausoleil permalink
    June 24, 2012 1:52 pm

    Wonderful to see your blog post, the colors and textures so inviting! You really use color in a way that makes me want to lie down with it, or wear it across my shoulders on some long winter pilgrimage.

  2. June 25, 2012 8:58 am

    for Beau

    here’s indigo
    deep as midnight
    wrap yourself
    in its velvet pelt

    here’s the shelter
    of a forest of greens
    fern and moss
    yew and holly

    here’s crimson
    stitched with silk
    to warm your back
    in frost and starlight

    here’s walnut-brown
    plum and pomegranate
    honey and spices
    food for the journey

    here’s the clear yellow
    of cheerfulness
    fill your pockets
    don’t look back

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