Saturday, September 13, 2014

the nature of representation

 is uncertain.

late last night i posted a 'musing' on fb with this pic

i turned it around  

and back again .... began stitching
simple kantha style leaving the leaf fold on the corner
continued the line with stitch


In the dead of night, rhythm arrives quietly

and painted papers

up and coming workshops include painted papers - here are a few more examples of what can be achieved to create a stash of painted papers you can use in book making, scrap booking, collage and projects. These are part of the introduction to book binding workshops.  A few spaces available on Sunday 5 October and Sunday 2 November.

half day bookbinding only workshops are also available on Saturday 25 October.

Monday, September 8, 2014

more books to make

forthcoming workshops will be tackling these bindings - pics here just to show where you can take your work.  We will be doing pamphlet stitch, japanese stab binding, origami fold book (as shown in pic 1), accordian fold, ox plow, a few others with ideas for mix and match such as pamphlet stitch on the valley folds of an accordian.

japanese stab binding allows the pages to sit open nice and flat

Sunday, September 7, 2014

basic bookbinding

Lovely RRA meeting yesterday .... and whilst showing examples of types of binding we will be doing in up and coming workshops titled 'basic bookbinding' it occurs to me there is nothing basic about bookbinding - one is truly limited by imagination only. 

We will be tackling half a dozen 'basic' bindings - quick, easy yet expansive in their application.  These workshops are suited to experienced or non experienced arts practitioners whether beginners or not.  Its about exploring what materials do when you DO something to them and then binding them into small booklets.  The book binding aspect opens up the possibilities that can be achieved with just a few simple folds and stitching book forms.

Here, a few examples of where you can take those simple forms that we will be exploring in the up and coming workshops

Thursday, September 4, 2014

painted papers & collage

workshops up and coming

Painted Papers - Saturday 27 September 10am-2pm

Painted Papers & Basic Bookbinding combined - 

Sunday 5 October 2014 10am-5pm          OR Sunday 2 November 2014 - 10am-5pm

I am excited .... looking forward to the workshops, meeting old and new friends.
here ... a small selection of examples of using those painted papers.  Come to the workshops and see the full picture of how and where these painted papers are used.  below are collage added to painted papers to create postcards.   future postings will show book covers using these painted papers.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

painted papers 2

workshops up and coming

over the next few postings you can see the kinda thing we will be doing ... 

Painted Papers - Saturday 27 September 10am-2pm

Painted Papers & Basic Bookbinding combined - 

Sunday 5 October 2014 10am-5pm          OR Sunday 2 November 2014 - 10am-5pm

 a few more sheets of painted papers that we will be exploring in the workshops.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

painted papers

workshops up and coming

over the next few postings you can see the kinda thing we will be doing ... 

Painted Papers - Saturday 27 September 10am-2pm

Painted Papers & Basic Bookbinding combined - 

Sunday 5 October 2014 10am-5pm          OR Sunday 2 November 2014 - 10am-5pm

i am excited ....   and hope you too will be ...
I am holding workshops in painted papers and basic bookbinding techniques ....

these are A FEW works and trials for the workshops ...

painted papers first - its all about play, relaxing, letting go and making marks that are your own. 

in play we find out what materials do when we do things to them ...adding, subtracting, layering, printing, stamping, tearing and so on.  You end up with a stash that you can use for bookbinding, collage, scrap booking, things unlimited by imagination.

If your painted papers session is part of the combined bookbinding day workshop we will use some of your painted papers as well as pre-printed card and paper to create books.  (will talk of this in a future posting)


And we have Bookbinding workshops coming up too - postings coming up !

Basic bookbinding techniques - Saturday 25 October 2014 - 10am-2pm
                                                    OR Sunday 26 October 2014 1-5pm.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Reflecting on my experience to date whilst considering what next, where will my work take me.

When I first started exploring art (coming to it quite late) it was Jasper Johns and Brett Whiteley that lit the spark for me ...   they both still 'have it' for me ... and seeing their works in real time is amazing.  Johns' works had me enthralled for hours in a gallery visit in New York (2001) and Brett Whiteley's sensuous lines echoing the female form, in every things he sees including landscape paintings and his colours have never dimmed to excite my senses. Jasper Johns and Samuel Beckett: Fizzles
found at the Manhattan Rare Book Company
more info & images at the link


“Two of the most enigmatic artists of our time, Samuel Beckett and Jasper Johns, collaborated on this complex yet elegant artist’s book. Originally written in French..., the brooding essays were rewritten in English by Beckett for this project. Nevertheless, Johns decided to include both texts that expanded his own involvement to thirty-three etchings and aquatints plus color lithograph endpapers. Johns’s imagery is based on a major four-panel painting, Untitled (1972), along with his classic imagery related to numbers and body parts. This cerebral volume that provokes more questions than it answers is considered one of the greatest artists’ books of the second half of the twentieth century.” – Johnson and Stein, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000. Included in the landmark 1995 Museum of Modern Art exhibit: A Century of Artists’ Books.

Printed at Atelier Crommelynck. FINE CONDITION. $30,000.


Johns 'White Target" 1957. Wax and Oil on canvas. 30x30" (76.2cmx76.2cm)
Whitney Museum of Ameircan Art, New York

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), White Target, 1957. Wax and oil on canvas, Overall (Canvas): 30 × 30in. (76.2 × 76.2cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 71.211. Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NYNARRATOR: Jasper Johns made White Target in oil paint and encaustic, a painting medium consisting of melted wax. Encaustic hardens very quickly, so each brush stroke appears on the canvas exactly as Johns placed it. The individual strokes don’t blend into each other. As prominent as they are, there’s a uniformity to them—one that makes the surface very different from the spontaneous brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists. For these artists, who were a generation older than Johns, gesture was a highly personal matter. A dramatic brushstroke was understood to express an equally dramatic feeling. By contrast, Johns’s surface seems cool and somewhat distant.
For Johns, that impersonality was part of the point. He once told the art historian Leo Steinberg that he chose to paint things like flags and targets because they were, quote, “pre-formed, conventional, depersonalized, factual, exterior elements.” He could include them in paintings without them having to mean anything specific—which meant, in a way, that the paintings were abstract. But at the same time, they were very literal. Theoretically, one could play a real game of darts on a Target painting. And Johns’s Flags have stood in for American-ness on many occasions. So are they actual things, or paintings of things? With Johns’s work, the philosophical problems of representation became part of the painting tradition in a way they’d never been before.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

a little gardening today

Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due—

The Frogs got Home last Week—
Are settled, and at work—
Birds, mostly back—
The Clover warm and thick—

You'll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me—
Yours, Fly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

in betweens

in between unpacking in the studio, building shelves, planting and planning another section of the garden, cleaning the fish pond and lovely spring type days i continue to find some gems out there ...

Nancy Fouts surreal imagery looks to me, like photo-shopped images but they are actually sculptures - funny, clever, perhaps disturbing - a mind of seemingly unbounded ideas that appeals to the unfettered imagination ...  i love the thinking ballerina.

and this - 'pipe dreams'
Nancy Fouts, Pipe Dreams

The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

found at inqmind
"Nancy Fouts' sculpted reinterpretations of inanimate objects and animals alike have a knack for sending the minds of her audiences on a wild roller-coaster ride of curiosity and intrigue.

Sometimes her sculptures re-contextualize notable works using contemporary details to polarizing affect. Sometimes her sculptures seem to be some sort of ambiguous social commentary linked to deeper meaning. But as the artist herself reassures us, her sculptures are in fact "not [that] deep, but it is entertaining and it makes people smile!"

With pieces like her literal tooth-brush, penis-holding golden Buddha, and her ballerina version of The Thinker, how can one stand to argue? All we can do is sit back and enjoy the wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts."
The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

and this from wordlesstech
On the subject of her work, Fouts says; ‘My work is not a comment on religion, nature or indeed anything, it is all about manipulating the object to realise my idea. Everything starts with the idea.’
UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (12)

UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (9)

UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (5)

my next question is how? .... they sure look like photographic images to me ....


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