Book Making, Printing

What Plan? – 29th June 2020

After several attempts at ‘Half a Yard of Memories IV’ I decided that I was trying too hard, I was fiddling and rearranging the design I had worked from samples of C18th whitework embroidery and although I had started to construct a plate I wasn’t happy so I just let it go. There has to be joy, especially at this time.

I wasn’t idle though I painted and printed end papers for the three editions of ‘Half Yards’ and completed the books. They have given me pleasure and I’m content that they have worked out as  I had imagined in my minds eye at the beginning.

Where to now?

I have been cutting and folding paper and one format stayed with me, it would require a different shaped collagraph plate from my usual long oblong, so that was good, it was more adventurous than previous plates in having more details ‘hanging’ over the edges, which was also good. The design came quickly, with only minor alterations so there was a contentment that I didn’t feel with my fourth attempt at another ‘Half Yard’.

So off I go, 

Book Making, Embroidery, Exhibitions, Printing

There are more Memories – 1st June 2020

From the last two half yard prints I have found my way back into a creative frame of mind and developed a third which became quite complicated and it was certainly a challenge. Cutting the grey board plate took several attempts as it is hard going, one slip and there is a problem!

The image above shows the completed print.

Here are first sketches with the piece of English needlelace from the late 1600’s that was the inspiration for the print.

The different papers are cut, glued in place, the grey board cut and ready for printing.

The book pages are however slightly different from the plain design at the top of the page. Here the original piece of lace has gone through the press to create an embossing and then the inked up plate. These are now drying before folding.

I had been selected for North Yorkshire Open Studios and I would have been cleaning and tidying my studio for opening on the next two weekends, however that is not to be , so I have taken photographs, anti clockwise of my studio.  Let us all hope that next year it will be open to real people.

Book Making, Printing

Half a Yard of Memories – 4th May 2020

Here we are several weeks into lockdown, will I remember how to drive the car?

Lots of walking and gardening and I’m pleased to say that being in the studio has become part of my day and each day I spend some time there, taking small steps.

My current plate, “Half a yard of Memories” developed

Half done

Fully done and then sealed and left for a couple of days for it to be fully dry

And then printed

I dry them under weights as I need the paper to be truly flat, here I have used Somerset 250gsm. They are now wrapped in tissue until they are fully dry so that I can fold them into books.

In between times I have made some cards. I just love the way that the table is full of stuff and then it gradually gets down to a small pile of 9 cards with grey envelopes.

And one of the joys of gardening, Cornus Kousa “Eddies White Wonder” in the full sunshine