Friday, April 29, 2011

Paper Wrestling, joyously

The best thing about this project is getting the work in the mail.

Guylaine's book turned up today in my postbox, and I could hardly get back to my studio before opening the package.

Gorgeous! I love the paper samples, and the BEST BIT OF ALL is having permission to not only handle the piece, but to CRUSH THE PAGES. Oh, so satisfying.

I'm sorry, my camera just isn't going to do it justice, so all I can say is


Thursday, April 28, 2011


I am struggling, not so much with my offering for the swap, but with the little voice in my head that says I have over-simplified my piece.

Well, perhaps I have, but it's going out there anyway! I just hope it fares better than some of the poor things in this article! (Except Dan*&^**Brown's rubbish!)

Now, the cats have been doing some "paper wrestling" on their own account and, game over, left it to me to picks up the pieces. sigh...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Finally some baby steps..

We have been on the road and travelling for most of this month - actually working up on Melville Island and Groote Eylandt in Northern Australia, in remote Aboriginal communities.

Internet access has been intermittent and resources and supplies quite limited, so I haven't done much creating, just a bit more pondering as I prepare for the Edition.

Island time has let me think thru and actually design/draw up what I think I might do.

I think I will work with a square format and will do one original and then scan and print the edition. Plan A. Fingers crossed. I had hoped to learn how to use Photoshop and Publisher in really clever ways with this edition; but given our lengthy time away from home this year that's not going to happen.

Instead I'll do a half and half - made by hand then printed version. As I said, Plan A.

Here are some sketches and a few ideas of where this is going.

 Here are the watercolour washes I did over Easter.

And here are some trial runs I did over Easter - still trying to work out which approach I like the most and why! Apologies for the unpleasant lighting. I wanted to do my bit of creativity each day and so at 7pm I finished playing and took the shots with the dark night/fluro light look.

I am thrilled to have a deadline and it is helping me focus and get stuck into getting these books happening. I expect there are many potholes in the road ahead (but not as many as on the road to Umbakumba on Groote I hope) so maybe I should focus on that word "relax" when I hit them!

We fly back tomorrow and are without mobile phone coverage, television and email (occasionally we can access the web) for another while - we try to use the weekends for catch ups by flying back to Darwin or somewhere where the mobiles work! Life's an adventure...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Acid Free Boxes vs. Normal Boxes

Here is a little update from me. It's been a crazy busy month; got made redundant (still working for at least another 3-6 months though), got into a Book Arts MA course (starts October, yay!), got a new laptop (had to get used to new version of windows!), have been looking after a very excitable young cat in my tiny little flat, along with as many other little things that have eaten my time. So, you can imagine I was very happy to get a few days off this week to get on with some more BAO work. Today was a productive studio day but I am still far from done.

It also highlighted my need to decide and buy the boxes that will house this archive 'book'. I have a dilemma; the boxes I would prefer to use are archival quality acid free clamshell boxes which are, no matter where I look, at least £6-£8 PER BOX (inc. VAT) plus delivery. Now if I were making a smaller edition then I wouldn't mind shelling out the money for the boxes, or in fact I might make the boxes myself, but seeing as the edition run is at least 11, if not my self inflicted 15, then I don't see how I can afford it along with all the other costs or have the time to make them myself...
My other option is to buy cheaper, more acidic boxes (which still aint cheap!) and then use some acid free tissue paper to line them. They don't look as nice, and are more flimsey. You see my dilemma?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


My visitors struck it lucky with the sunshine and managed a couple of days sailing in the Whitsundays, slathered in 50+ sunscreen.

And then it rained.

And here it is, April the fifth and this is the first non-raining day in weeks. The Easter Bunny, this year, will be wearing a hi-viz yellow sou'wester.

There has been rather a lot of this....

...road closed

What this means, in terms of getting things dried*, is that the work I'd hoped to have done in time for Caren's "show-and-tell" is still wet. Sorry, Duck.

But lest you think I'm not doing anything...

A few sneak peeks at more tatty bits of paper.

Not being overly bright when it comes to arithmetic, I usually have to "go the long way 'round" and make my calculations with a long piece of string and lots of scribbledy paper. Yes, 'scribbledy' is so a word!

And now my brain hurts...but I'm on the home run. I think. I hope.

*And we wont even mention laundry!