Book Making, Printing

Continuing – 20th October 2020

Working 2 yards of print does take application! 

Following on from my last blog and the idea to create a book inspired by bringing together my ‘half yards of memories’ books,  of which I had four, hence the 2 yards, I completed my printing plates. All the designs from the previous books were scaled down and rearranged to suit a longer piece.

I printed them onto Somerset 250gsm paper

The two books were trimmed and the two shorter lengths at either end were cut

They were folded

I punched holes 1” apart all the way along each book

I applied red painted tissue paper to the reverse, you can see the light shining through the punched holes on the right hand side and I applied one side of the paper hinge. the two books are now under weights for the final construction stage.

More next time and hopefully the books will be completed.

Book Making, General, Printing

Challenges, challenges – 5th October 2020

This is an image of the last double page in my notebook – I complete one a year and this is my 28th! I realised that normally by this time of the year I would be wondering if I would run out of pages, but not so this year, there are no exhibition flyers, no artists’ business cards, no holiday photographs, fewer bits cut from magazines and fewer doodles.

It will get better. 

I started these notebooks when I was teaching embroidery and I found that adults were intimidated by the idea of sketchbooks, which an art student would quickly come to terms with. But a notebook where anything and everything could just be stuck into and so information could easily be extracted was not intimidating.

Two weeks ago I set myself the challenge of two yards (1.83m) of memories and decisions had to be made.

My favourite book making papers didn’t come long enough

My etching press will only produce a 0.75m print

A simple concertina of that length would be very floppy.

So I laid out 2 yards on my desk and considered the scale of the problem

I played about with various formats

And settled on this one, 2 yards made up of 7 sections

Drew the correct sizes out ( one piece will be cut into 2 at the end) and began to draw.

Began to construct the plates

And this is the progress that I made, 2 yards of Collagraph plates takes a while!

Book Making, General, Printing, Uncategorized

Seeing it Through – 21st September 2020

My “Half a Yard of Memories” series is coming to an end, this I’ve decided will be the last one and it focuses on Print. I am viewing the sections of my collection of antique textiles as lace, woven, stitch and now print. Next time I look at the idea of my collection there will probably be a different list of categories, a different angle.

“Half a yard” poses challenges, the book has to be a certain length and that limits the design. A yard is linear and seen all at once. It seems to me that variations of the concertina book format is the way to go and it is no different for the last design.

Print design and the Collagraph plate

The completed cut out plate

The print. It took several attempts to get the right shade of red, I wanted it different from my Christmas card red!. Now waiting for them to dry. An edition of 2.

Then I started playing about with the small wooden letters that I use to emboss into paper.

I had wondered what was next – and then it came in a flash – I have “two yards of memories”. Now that will take some working out!