Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
My friend Jack Oudyn had prepared a number of pages for a book using lots of different methods like painting, dipping in wax, carbon paper, creating folded patterns etc. He passed on to me a little pile of paper offcuts and suggested I might like to make a haptic or tactile book, meaning a book which communicates through touching as non-verbal communication.
This sounded like a fun thing to play around with but it wasn't as easy as it sounds, especially the idea of communicating through touch.
I kept the biggest and most beautiful page Jack had prepared for the cover.
There was a piece of pianola roll paper painted black - well that is good to touch and it actually does communicate music. I had a starting point and a way to move forward.
So I folded paper that could be unfolded, inserted slips, punched smooth holes in pages, rough holes in pages, made some cutouts, roughly scored a thick-waxed page, folded another long page to remind me of the ubiquitous masks we been wearing and seeing everywhere.
I scratched thick wax off the thick surface of another black page and pushed the removed strands of wax back into the page so it looked like a kind of raised text
and in the middle fold I inserted a folded page which needed to be unfolded twice and attached four circular folded pages of varying sizes
which then were also able to be unfolded to create 3D structures.
The second half of the book repeats the same pages going backwards.
So thank you Jack for that little exercise. It was a fun activity and I may start playing around with some other bookie things.
Saturday, 27 February 2021
I received some correspondence from Ed Hutchins in Salem NY recently - his characteristic envelopes covered with stickers and interesting US stamps always look so joyful and are a delight to receive.
One of the things in the envelope was his business card for his collection. Ed always manages to make everything seem like fun.
I was thrilled to see that a book of mine in his collection, Lost in a Million Dead End Streets was featured in the centrefold. The title is a phrase from David Bowie's song Changes. These words always fascinated me and conjured up many images.
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Sunday, 23 July 2017
and included artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Jim Dine and many others.
screenprinted Flags on display in this exhibition.
displayed in a gallery in the small town of Camarthen in Wales.