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Reproducing “Between two Moons”

November 14, 2017

Facsimile in progress

Since Art Weeks I’ve had requests for three extra copies of “Between two Moons”. I have covered the boards with blue mulberry paper and added a photo of the original book on the front cover. The chapter dividers are scans of the original rag-paper ones, with hand-painted edges that contrast nicely with the grass-paper flyleaves around each chapter. In this photo the third copy is nearing completion. This beautiful and satisfying sewing is described in detail in Keith Smith’s excellent manual “Exposed Spine Sewings“.


ABCD: Nostalgia

November 2, 2017

Artists’ Book Club Dove met recently to share the books we had, or had not, made on the topic of “Nostalgia”.

I showed the folded spirals illustrated in the previous post.

Carol spoke of her personal nostalgia for the good old days when we were trying to save the world from nuclear weapons. Her book about the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common is a Secret Belgian binding with photos, monoprints and cutouts.

Caroline used a double-square of Indian embroidery to cover her book of material memories – samples of fabric paired with quotations.


Clare found the subject of nostalgia a thorny one. Eventually she mined her past as a feltmaker and came up with a powerfully expressive book of thorns. The quotation on the back cover, translated from Anglo-Saxon, reads ” Strong are the roots of the briar/ so that my arms are broken/ working at them again and again.”

Judy mined on old dictionary and created a secret compartment inside it for two little books and some objects with a freight of memory.

Karen made a flag-book about evocative smells and tastes, incorporating a poem written for the occasion by her husband Ross.


Judith made a large and a small flag-book from her photos of reflections in Iceland.

Several members were eloquent about the books they had not made …

Lunch, as usual, was a rich sensory experience …

Lunch 2

After lunch we folded some spirals!

The next meeting will be on November 18th and the topic will be “Connection”.

October Dove-droppings

a murmur of book-makers
is it a goose
it was completely involuntary

look back in joy
the book I didn’t make
this book bites

we were trying to save the world
the village was a drawing-board

secret Belgian
cut out the middle
I’m actually a bit lost for words

the busyness of finishing things
Julie Christie’s bedroom
in a castle in Sweden

other people’s memories
too many chapters
we choose to unknow

Folding spirals

October 20, 2017

Inspired by Paula Beardell Krieg, I’ve spent the last two evenings folding spirals. First I followed her instructions:

4 spirals

Then I made my book on the theme “Nostalgia” from an old hydrographic chart, with a poem rubber-stamped on the plain side of the paper:


Then I wondered what would happen if I cut one long edge of the paper on a slant, and tried folding it in different ways. With the diagonal folds sloping one way I got a space in the middle. The other way, no space (picture 6).


I also tried making the ninety-degree folds at right angles to the sloping edge:


Then I experimented with making the diagonal folds slope symmetrically about the centre. The green one has standard proportions (i.e. A4 cut in half lengthwise, or larger or smaller in proportion); the other is two and a half times as long.


Finally I made two little standard spirals from left-over pieces of the chart. I learnt that if you want one side to show on the top and bottom, you have to make the ninety-degree valley-folds on that side.

two little ones


A Book in the Hand

October 19, 2017

Glastonbury riddle

Here, very belatedly, are some of my photos from our recent exhibition  at ACE Arts in Somerton, a light-filled and versatile space that attracts hundreds of visitors.

First, general views of the gallery.

gallery view


Next, the work under various headings, starting with  Dove Tales and the Librarium of small books.

Dove Tales 1

Dove Tales 2


Next, “Backwards”.

Karen backwards

Judy backwards

Jane backwards

Clare backwards

C arol backwards

Bron backwards

Ama Backwards


Nina comfort

Karen comfort

Janine comfort

Jane discomfort

Clare comfort

Ama comfort

“Imagined worlds”

Pauline imagined worlds

Pauline imagined worlds 2

Jane imagined worlds

Imagined worlds 6

Imagined worlds 5

imagined worlds 4imagined worlds 3

imagined worlds 2

Imagined worlds 1

Bron imagined worlds

Bron 2



Pat letters

Nina letters

more letters


Karen letters

Judy letters

Judith letters

Jane letters

Jane letters 2

Ama and Jane letters

Ama letters 2

Ama letters 1


Clare repetition

Repetition 1

repetition 2

repetition 3

repetition 4

repetition 5

Ama repetition


Pauline tracks

Pat riversong 2

Karen tracks

Karen tracks 2

Judy tracks

Judy tracks 2

Janine tracks

Jane limpet journeys 1Jane limpet journeys 2

Clare tracks

Caroline tracks

Carol tracks

Ama tracks

And finally, “Winged”

winged 1

winged 2

Nina winged

Karen winged

Judy winged

Janine winged 1

Janine winged 2

Jane winged

Clare winged


Ama winged

The Unseen Web, and other works

October 14, 2017

Since delivering “Between Two Moons” at the end of August, I’ve made fourteen copies of this micro-pamphlet in “French doors” format (short extract below),

Unseen Web

the mycorrhizal savings-bank
gives to the needy
stealthily underground

takes from the healthy
repays with interest from
common wealth underground

Unseen Web 2

… edited and made about 60 copies of this anthology (32 poems and stories by 21 writers)


… and ten copies, so far, of this pamphlet

Jane selected_0005

… and finished this king-size quilt Mary and I have been making for an October wedding.


Nearly all the fabrics came from our favourite shop,  Midsomer Quilting, who have recently moved to new premises in Chilcompton.

Now for my September poetry news …

My prose-poem Grayhaar was highly commended in the Bradford-on-Avon festival poetry competition.  You can read it here. That’s me in the orange dress.
Here’s my 3rd prize poem in the Battered Moons Poetry competition. Two years ago I came third with this poem.

Concert in Wells, 22 October

October 8, 2017

Avalonian concert_0003

Amazing Space II last weekend

October 7, 2017

Amazing Space

Dove Meadow

This weekend is the last chance to come down to our special place, The Dove (SAW venue 21) and catch what has been a much visited and dare I say much loved exhibition (the comments books say so, anyway). Here’s a round up of what you will see when you come, and what, in the words of one visitor, is ‘rich and lush’.

Way out Yonder 2 Bron Bradshaw’s ceramics and etchings inspired by our USA trip, leading to….

Way out Yonder 1 Diana Milstein’s paintings and poems from the trip

Way out yonder 8 And Sandie Roche’s rugs and blankets forming a colourful backdrop.

Way out yonder 7 Di and Bron’s pottery inspired by the Native American tradition sits on the big Rochat press,

Way out yonder 5 and Bron’s Grand Canyon etching on the back wall above the Hunter Penrose press.

Pottery 2 The path through Mike Dodd’s garden leading to….

Pottery 3 his pottery showroom.

Spirit of Place 8 Back through the garden and up the metal staircase to the Spirit of Place exhibition –…

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