I was busy replying to Ronnie's post, pointing out that the SCU Artists' Book Awards aren't until Feb 2011, when something else occurred to me. A few years ago, when I joined the Artists' Book 3.0 Ning community I asked for some words of wisdom from other book artists: did they, I wonder, work in response to forthcoming exhibitions, or did they just work to their own timetable? This question has exercised my mind for years mainly because my pace of work is fairly slow and I always seemed to be rushing round the last corner and dashing towards an exhibition finishing line... Anyway, my new, slightly more mindful, tiny bit calmer self has kicked the habit. Hooray! These days I work to my own schedule (well, if I'm completely honest I do have a rolling timetable of exhibition dates in the back of my mind but these days I'm usually waving them goodbye as they pass...). If that schedule happens to fit in with an up-coming exhibition then great, otherwise I'm not fussed.
Why am I boring on about this? Only because I don't think anyone in the group should be getting stressed about BAO projects: the whole thing is supposed to be for enjoyment's sake, not a chore. I don't care if it takes a year to finish a project or an individual piece! There are no prizes for finishing anyway apart from self-satisfaction, another line on your CV and hopefully some happy comments from the lucky recipients... The production of a great body of collaborative work and the joys of new friendships will all happen as the time passes. I have really enjoyed our first edition and am itching to start the second, and I'm very excited about the prospects of showing our work at Monash next year - but in a very calm, no pressure sort of way.