Archive | October, 2010

Postal drawing collaboration

12 Oct

If you want to draw something, but you’re stuck for inspiration, ask yourself a question. What’s your favourite recipe? Weather? Night out? What would you do if there was a fire? What makes you cringe the most? Then answer it with a drawing. A quick drawing. A drawing done by your other hand. Or a detailed illustration.

Jojo Norris and I have set up an illustration exchange. We met by chance through Leaf Books, and being as we don’t know much about each other, thought we’d find out via our drawings. It’s also a great way of generating work, much like the sketchbook project, which we are both taking part in. So I asked Jojo, ‘What do you like to do on Sundays?’ You can see her reply here. Then she asked me, ‘What are you most afraid of?‘ Here is my answer:

It’s true. I fell in a patch when I was two.I have asked Joanne ‘What makes you cringe the most?’ I’m looking forward to getting her answer

Oh, and we’re doing this collaboration through the post, rather than online. I like the idea of the postal routes from Cardiff to Edinburgh carrying, secretly within our envelopes, our visual communications.  My artwork (for example the Shoe tales project) often involves correspondence and infiltrating the postal system as a medium for creative messaging. More importantly, everyone appreciates hand made or hand written letters. Why not send something yourself, today, a mere postcard to say hello to an old friend.

In which Shoe Tales took a trip to the Book Arts BookFayre.

9 Oct

The Book Arts Book Fayre, held at Ffotogallery in Penarth is a brilliant chance to catch an array of hand-cut pages, prints and curios. It was a great opportunity to see the kinds of projects and work other people were producing, talk through ideas, and compare experiences of being, essentially, handmade, home spun publishers.
I was lucky enough to have a stall there to showcase (and where possible sell) the concertina books I produced for the Shoe Tales exhibition. The past week was mostly spent juggling my everyday working self with a frenzy of book production, folding, cutting and sticking as many books as my hands could manage in the run up to the fayre. Here are a couple of images of the book, which will be on sale, on line in the next couple of weeks.


I met many collectives and individuals working on book arts projeets and print runs. One of which was Parlour Press, a collective of five ladies founded on a love of making beautiful books. Check them out here!