Book Making, Exhibitions, General, Uncategorized

Getting Out and About – 23rd August 2021

August 2019 was the last time that I had participated in an in-person event, so Art in the Pen in Skipton a mere 4 miles  away from home was somewhat of an adventure, despite having taken part in it for many years.

My friend, Joan Newall,  a fellow artist book maker as usual joined me and we set up on the Friday. Each pen is slightly different, wobbly and uneven bars, nothing is really straight! and a concrete floor with many rough edges. Participants and visitors all join into the spirit of the event. Because of the current restrictions entry was by ticket and timed slots, almost all were fully subscribed to, which was wonderful. There were just over 200 stands.

It was brilliant to meet up with fellow artists, none of us had aged at all since we last met two years ago!

It was tiring but jolly and after two days of standing and talking, putting up and taking down it was quite nice to return, if only for a few days, to a quiet life.

And my reading pile, by chance they are amongst my favourites

Book Making, Exhibitions, Printing, Uncategorized

A Bit of Everything – 2nd August 2021

There seems to have been everything happening since I last wrote, its been too hot to work in the studio or to print or to garden and then it was too wet to garden and I didn’t feel like spending time in the studio, so it was thinking and reading time. So it wasn’t wasted time. I completed the small print  from my last blog and decided to make two small soft covered books with a paper envelope.

It was then time to start preparing for Art in the Pen on August 14th and 15th in Skipton  This was my last event in August 2019 and it will be good to get back and meet lots of visitors and fellow exhibitors. So I have wrapped cards and begun to select books. See events page for more details.

Then I started pottering. I had an idea for a concertina book with several small pages, however it has taken several attempts to get the balance right for what I had seen in my minds eye. 

Three small pleats
Cropped cover to the left
Separate pages bound on the back
Five pleats
Separate pages glued hinges
Decision! four pleats

The page on the right is 10cm square

Now to design a plate that will work

And the books that I have perused 

Book Making, Exhibitions, Printing

Exhibiting! – 24th August 2020

As the weeks pass by there has been the dawning on all of us that ‘the new normal’ will be with us for a long while and that was, I think, behind the desire to evaluate where I am now. I have missed exhibiting and having a stand at events, discussing the antique textiles that I have taken along and the stories in my books to visitors.

 I decided to hold my own exhibition of work that I had completed during the last six months.

It sort of justifies my own existence!

So I put up my books, front side


And from the top left; ‘Memories from the Collection’

‘A Piece of Cloth’

‘Half a yard of Memories II’ Stitch

‘Half a Yard of Memories III Lace

From bottom left ‘A Cut in the Cloth’

‘Half a yard of Memories I’ Woven

’96 Fragments of Memory’

‘Half a Yard of Faded Memories’

I can now see what I have achieved and I feel content.

If you are interested in any of these books then please contact me. The prices vary between £30 and £50 including postage.