I'm sorry about my absence for most of this year, and for my absent-mindedness. I've moved house, I've moved studios, and throughout both have maintained both my teaching commitments and my studio practice. Consequently there are still unsorted boxes and piles clustered around the house and studio; they'll probably still be there until Christmas unless I get some sort of break!
One good thing is that I have been receiving a steady stream of fabulous books from you all, which will make both my students and the Canberra Bookbinders' Guild happy because I have been doing talks and show-and-tells for them regularly and they'll love the new batch.
The other, maybe in the context a better thing, is that I finally broke through my bubble of frustration about the Jeanette Winterson text and made my books. Last night I finished them, and quickly, before another pile or commitment got in the way, packaged them up and today I posted them... and because I was in the BAO zone, I finally went through my records and confirmed that the little squeaky nagging voice in my conscience was correct: I had missed out on Guylaine when I posted out my Claire Beynon book! So that's in the post as well.
Oh, how I love crossing things off the eternal/infernal list!
I thumped out an accompanying letter, as we all do, to go with the books, and when I read it back to myself this afternoon, I was startled to see what a black mood it conveys... please take it with a grain of salt! I wasn't lying when I said that it was probably the most frustrating artist's book I've ever made, but the rest is just me getting prosey about the book's themes :)
So keep an eye out for it, and I'll write more when I know that they've been received. It's a bit different to my last books, but I think that's the most exciting bit about BAO: we get to experiment!