Book Making, Printing

It’s Quiet! – 13th September 2021

During the past couple of weeks I have only managed to dip into the studio a few times.

There has been a lot of time spent gardening, autumn seems to be pressing against us here in the north of England and so I am reminded that there are plenty of outside jobs to be done.

 I have, however picked up where I left off before Art in the Pen, see here, and worked up a plate, which took  several sessions to do all the detailed cutting.

I printed a straightforward one, see above, 

then, one with a silver print behind it, just to see what would happen

and one in several pieces where the pages would be bound  together when the book is constructed, see the above link.

I liked the tissue paper upon which I placed the inked up plate and did my first rubbing, it was sort of there, but not there. I have left these to dry and we’ll see what I will do with them, if anything!

Somehow there seems a lull, a bit of a limbo with my art work at the minute and these small books seem to fit in well. There are thoughts in the back of my mind concerning another body of work and working out possibilities happily occupies my idle moments.

My reading pile, I’m coming to the end of the books, the top shelf being mostly catalogues, they are the story of what I have done and who I have seen.

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 www.artinthepen.org.uk  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
Expanded

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, Printing

Inching Forward – 21st June 2021

After giving much thought to ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’ over the last few weeks, my mind wandered around those words to ‘Alter and Adapt’ or perhaps ‘Adapt and Alter’ – the latter seeming to be appropriate during these times.

I have over the years made my own clothes, from dresses to coats and suits. I remember Aran sweaters knitted for myself and my husband, which, when the sleeves wore out, I turned them into cushions, not quite altering or adapting, but yet making use for a different situation and place. 

There are records of a lady at the English Court in the C18th who altered her  Court dress eight times for different Seasons as it was just too expensive to buy new. This seemed to be a planned campaign on her behalf.

So many aspects to Adapting and Altering. I always save the linen fabric from clothes, as I love the texture, and now I make our face masks from them!

I’m sure that we can all come up with examples of alterations, which cover necessity and practical through to the creative and decorative.

So from these vague thoughts I looked again at my work over the last year. There were some printing plates which had had very few runs through the press, so I looked at them again, how could they be altered, and coupled with a different book format that I had devised whilst playing around with paper, I came up with a book.

Three different sizes were made before I could decide

It was a challenge as I had to print on both sides of the paper. I used Indian cotton rag paper which has lovely frilly edges and an indigo ink, so that the effect wasn’t too hard.

One side
The other side

Here are the pages folded together, they have yet to be bound and covered, which I shall do when they are completely dry.

All folded together

And my reading pile, not too many books, as the weather has been dry so offering many opportunities to dig and weed the garden.