Book Making, Exhibitions, Printing

Ideas a Plenty – 31st January 2022

There have been many ideas floating around my head over the last few weeks for which I am most grateful as I have two lovely events coming up in the first half of the year. They are posted on my Events page. 

Some ideas just stay mulling around in my head, some became a scribble and some make it to the planning out stage and are then discarded! So it is very pleasing when one idea passes the test and I can begin construction.

Over the years I have kept notebooks, where I stick anything that is interesting, so it has become a sort of diary and it was this page that sparked a new title. Its from August 2021, it was ‘Art in the Pen’ week and I can see business cards from other artists who were nearby. I have tended to write titles parallel to the sides, so that they stand out, and here it is ’Precious Fragments’. Not every page is a thing of beauty!

So I got to work, I needed lots of silver two centimetre blind prints, I forgot to photograph them as they came off the press, so I have arranged a few and they can be seen at the top of the page. I made 157 of them.

Here they are drying, I find that the silver ink takes a while to dry. So the book construction will have to wait a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile I have printed the plate that I was working on in my last blog which was inspired by  whitework embroidery of the late C18th and is influenced by ideas around ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’

This version shows where I have cut away the top background of the plate just leaving 6cm at the bottom.

I had some paper, several sheets 12cm square, that I wanted know how it worked being wetted and going through the press. so using a small pate and the remainder of some grey/silver ink, I printed. I like the peaceful quality, but it will take some thought to decide how, or whether I take it further.

A good thought to ponder over.

I have also updated my Sales page with some of my books from 2021, so if you are interested then do please have a look and contact me should you have any questions.