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November: breaking the log-jam

November 27, 2012

We buried my mother’s ashes on a day of storm and flood.

Then I found I could begin to make books again, and at last the proof copy of the chap-book is on its way to San Francisco. The cover is paste-painted in indigo and the label was printed on my Adana 5×8 hand-press. I like to imagine this could be the same press my dad used in the 1960s. Sadly I took no interest at the time; I was far too busy being a rebellious teenager. Nor did I realise until after her death that my oldest aunt’s hobbies had included book-binding.

The binding is a simple and elegant knotted cord, as used by Julie Johnstone for “Island” magazine. In this case, the cord is a medium-weight indigo-dyed cotton yarn. The paper for the fly-leaves is made from recycled denim jeans. This paper, and the Elliepoo paper for the text-block (guess what that’s made from), come from The Exotic Paper Company in Taunton, Somerset. There will be more about this book (an edition of 200) in the next post.

And now an update on another project that’s close to my heart – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Two project members, Cathy DeForest, and Romy Ruukel, have launched a project fundraiser on indiegogo to meet the many expenses of touring the collection of artists’ books. All 260 will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK from 6 February to 29 July next year; they will also be seen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, San Francisco and Point Reyes, California, Groningen , Netherlands, New York City, Tacoma, Washington, and Newark, New Jersey. Venues already booked for 2014 include one in Cairo. That’s a whole lot of packaging and transport costs …

Fundraising ends seven days from now, and we’re over halfway there! Anyone can contribute; it’s easy with paypal!

And lastly … do come and join us for this:

Sat December 8th 7.30pm 

Camino Centre, 1 King St Glastonbury BA6 9JX (Formerly the Phoenix Project)

The Strange Sisters Present 2012: Endings and Beginnings

£5, includes first drink.

An evening of poetry with Dearbhaile Bradley, Rachael Clyne and Jo Waterworth,
featuring guest poets Ama Bolton, Gillian Booth, David Cloke and David Reakes.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Clare Diprose permalink
    November 30, 2012 9:09 am

    I followed up the Julie Johnstone link, and watched Regen – beautiful film clip!

    That’s inspired me for the morning.


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