Sunday, October 24, 2010

My hand made books in a bunch

I am hoping to get a new studio - so I can get on with making more and more and more- there just isn't enough time in a day. I have a few new book projects on - but the little film project is creeping in and I have just spent a few days making sets and
puppets- it's always so exciting to get my teeth into a creative endeavor. Yummo!!! Still hard to work out how to balance it all with running a houshold....I'm sure this one will never be solved- The motherly guilt kicks in all to often. But I have been giving up sleep so I can persue my far too many projects.
Also will be running a course on hand made book making next month. It will be exciting to find out what kind of book people would like to make.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Homage to the artisan

In my recent research of visual travels- I came across these beautiful prints - exhibited at the 1902 Exhibition in India. It got me thinking about the developed world and how it has almost lost all of its artisans. Craftsmanship is sadly replaced by the MADE IN CHINA tag .
The art of carving or engraving or weaving or paper making which had been passed on from father to son, mother to daughter or Master to apprentice is completely obsolete in our world. The idea of knowing how to do something really well, to practice it all your life is so simple and so fruitful in itself and its a great shame it's not part of our consciousness any more. May be only the art of instrument making is still appreciated and of course the whole revival of hand made things is all about re visiting the idea but its not going to change the way the world moves.
In my local area of Footscray there is a Jeweler from Ethiopia- his father taught him how to work with silver when he was only 8 years old. I treasure and pay homage to him and others like him !!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

sequence 1

sequence 2

THE GIRL IN THE WELL- is the first book I have ever made with only illustrations- I actually just noticed that. This journey of book making has really expanded my vision of what story telling is. I have made it to tell a story to a particular person as it's an image i saw in my head.
I only made 5 books as they are all have original lino cut prints so it was quite a task - there are 25 pages so - so that's 125 pages for all.
It really is a please to do something completely non commercial as there are no limitations. Not that I have many commercial considerations as all of my projects come straight from my gut but there are other things to consider when you plan to sell a work.

the girl in the well - a flip book-sequence 3

The girl in the well

I made a quick, secretive little book recently - well it's actually quite big but i wanted to keep it quiet as it was a surprise for a friend. The book is about her, her personal journey so I though it was only fair she see it before anyone else.
Luckily she approved it !!!
I had a lot of fun making it as I again experimented with new techniques and as usual it came out completely different to the original plan.
I especially loved playing with the lino cuts- I love printmaking but I'm trying not to side track too much.
For my book TREE - I just did the title as a lino cut print but stopped myself from doing any other. But it is so much fun- I think the tactile nature of it is so appealing.....but no no more......I have far too many ideas.
same thing with the paper cut outs - I tend to do little trial ones- which I should photograph really.They are a really good learning tool for me as I'm pretty awful at visualizing the outcome so they are always a surprise result as well.