Sunday, 31 December 2017

Another Year Over

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy, peaceful and creative New Year

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Next edition?

I know we've only just got near the end of #19 but are we looking for ideas for #20.

I was going to propose Silver (as in anniversaries). Then I looked it up and found the 20th  was actually China.

So I've two proposals (though I'm more than happy to go with anybody else's ideas instead), 'China' or 'Silver and Gold' (it's the time of year for a bit of bling).

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Finally finished

I finished gluing the covers this morning.
If you want to see more and read the poem that the title came from click here
As I photographed them 3 more books came through the door. I haven't opened them yet (saving that for a quiet moment to enjoy them in) but Stephanie, Petru and Martine they've all arrived safely. Thank you.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Halfway there

The insides are finished. Now all I need is to work out what to do for the covers.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Moving along

Ok so the snails have morphed into bees
But I've finally got a plate made

Monday, 28 August 2017

Change of Direction

A couple of weeks ago I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed. Moving was agony. Too much time spent bending over a worktable and not enough changing position and doing other things.

Well I can now move better but I still don’t bend or stretch easily. In terms of studio work this means I can stand at the drawing table and scribble, if I don’t over reach, and I can use the computer.

I was going to make coloured offset prints from a large collagraph plate for #19 (Nature) but the roller at HBP I need for the this size of work is rather large so I think it will be too heavy and too much of a stretch at the moment. 

So I’m having a rethink.I’m considering snails.
 Medieval ones of course.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Nature Collaboration - changed tack

I've changed my mind about what to do. The above is a cropped image of an accordian book of six A6 pages. The eco-printing turned out unsatisfactory. I've written several haiku, all to do with nature, that will go in - still to do. I'm about halfway, considering the covers still have to be made. 

Friday, 4 August 2017


I started a project with a deadline of the end of August and didn’t realise just how much time it would take. The knock on effect is that my book for this collaboration will be late. I hope to get it done by the end of September/ middle of October.  Just thought I’d  let people know.

This image is from the time consuming thing.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Nature, experimentation

Two samples of explorations into the theme of Nature. Eco-printing is involved. I cheated and added modge podge, a glue used for decoupage, to adhere actual leaves as I was dissatisfied with the first outcome. Text will be added.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Playing with ideas

I've been experimenting with different techniques for a different project. One of the techniques was making a collagraph plate using impressions in plaster. It doesn't work for the original project but I think I may have found a way into 'Nature'

Single colour
visciosity inking
offset from the roller when viscosity inking
 smaller pieces laid on the plate
 and offset

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Adding Pictures to Blog

Where the arrow is is the button to press to add images to your blog.  You cannot add images to the discussion. 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

3.0 # 19 (Nature)

The original painting which has been cut into 8 books - they are a little longer than usual.  Based on 'cant see the wood for the trees'.

Books cut.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

3.0 # 19 (Nature)

Ok - I said nature :-) - hope that was sort of in everyones ballpark - or did I dream it??! Its wide open to interpretation and I for one would like to see the corner of the world YOU live in.  I took this photo on 26th May 2011 from the balcony - its one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.  I guess this was before drought struck South Africa. It reminds me of Everlasting Covenants.   Please put your participation into THIS discussion so its all in one place.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Books I have so far:

I will be discussing the joyous merits of collaboration using our last efforts on Friday at the Bookness Colloquium, including some of our other projects, time permitting.  If more books arrive before Thursday they will squeeze in too.  So Svenja and Petru, I'm hoping!!!  Somewhere I read mumblings of another collaboration? At this rate we will do one a year - but thats WAY better than nothing!!! It will be our 19th book - thats quite something by anyones standards! Just to make it difficult (or easy???) how about 3.0 # 19 (Nineteen)??

 From Jac Balmer (UK):

From Stephanie Turnbull (UK):
From Ptrizia (Germany)
And of course mine!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Apologies from Jac

I'm sorry. When I said I was going to post out the books what I obviously meant to say was that I was going to wrap and address them and then leave them on a table and forget about going to the post office.

Books have been taken to the post office today and should be with you shortly

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Ready For Posting

Finally finished, I’ll put these in the post next week.

If you want to see more they are on my website.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

For Jac!

Pehernefer. I have started - in fact nearly finished! But Jac has been amazing in putting up his books...