Book Making, Printing

Vulnerable to Alteration – 3rd May 2021

Getting to this stage in the process of constructing the second set of books on the ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’ theme seems to have taken ages. It was back in the winter that these prints were made. 

Process Again 8th February 2021 and Back on Track  22nd February, see here and here

I do like to see a project through and here I was hampered by the silver ink being very slow to dry and this led me to the set of postcards that I designed and printed, which were featured in my last blog.

Anyway the ink is now dry and I have been able to fold the books. I found it difficult to retrieve my thoughts, the ‘alteration’ needs to meet certain parameters, the books are each unique, for after all why would you alter a dress to be the same? They had to be different and reduce in style and size and only one print could be used in each book. My initial plans for the design of the books had dissolved a little during the months waiting for the ink to dry, it was therefore necessary to replan and re measure, all this took time.

I chose the papers needed for the constructions

And they are now folded waiting for their covers.

My reading has now progressed to a shorter shelf where there are catalogues from exhibitions, these hold memories of the art work seen and the people who were with me at the time. I’m looking forward to gallivanting again!

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Juggling – 8th March 2021

There have been several elements to my work over the past fortnight and I am just pleased that I managed to complete one segment.

The plates that I worked up from a second piece of Spitalfields silk, see here and here, still haven’t dried enough for me to fold the paper into the planed books as part of my ‘Vulnerable to Alteration” series. So I have put them to one side for a later date.

I have however completed the books that I began back in January, see here. If you are interested in any of these, all unique books, for more information, then do please contact me.

Vulnerable to Alteration I
Vulnerable to Alteration I
Vulnerable to Alteration II
Vulnerable to Alteration II
Vulnerable to Alteration III
Vulnerable to Alteration III
Vulnerable to Alteration IV
Vulnerable to Alteration IV

I’m still tossing ideas around the topic of ‘Collection’ and I hope that in my next post I’ll have something to show you. It’s good to have a project to occupy ones mind and be a distraction at the moment, there seem to be many possibilities on this theme that I’m enjoying the thought processes.

And I did read/skim/look at the pictures of the following books. I find that I’m getting out of sequence as I pick up a book and then not put it back in the same place on the shelf. Over the years I have slipped birthday and greetings cards into them as book marks and their discovery is a pleasure full of memories of friends and events.

Book Making, Printing

Back on Track – 22nd February 2021

It is a relief to be able to pop in and out of the studio now that the weather is back to ‘late winter’ normal and so I’ve been able to commence printing my second plate inspired by ‘Vulnerable to Normal’  see my last blog post.

Inking up

I had chosen silver with a touch of black for the colour, slightly different from the last print, but both colours refer to the shimmering effect of the silk fabrics. The print is 55cm x 11cm

Detail

The first alteration!

Detail

As yet I haven’t made any decisions about the next alteration, sometimes the decision making process can be as absorbing and interesting as the actual doing. I can spend a lot of time thinking.

And my reading, several books so reflecting the days inside reading!