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.

Book Making, General, Printing

Bringing it all Together – 17th May 2021

The four individual books are now complete.

The covers had had a great deal of consideration given to them, in the end I used silk paper, as a reference to the original silk fabric used as inspiration, which I painted. The text was hand printed and I used the sewing machine to give a line of holes around the edge to represent the unpicked parts of the alteration.

Such a complex pile in order to glue the covers on!

And the books

Unevenly folded
Evenly folded
Flag Book
Reducing in width concertina

The reading list this time looks slim, but there was plenty of gardening and also these books were read cover to cover, as well as holding lots of memories

Whilst I was working through this series of books I thought to myself, that we all alter and adapt, just like the textiles that I am inspired by and that seems to have particular relevance at the moment. May we all look forward to a peaceful and stable future.