Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I saved this old book cover and the wonderful spine from the rubbish bin at a book bindery which I go to on Fridays. It looks as though somebody had used a piece of paper with their book keeping notes to cover the spine of this old gardening book. The whole thing is great for people like me who like that sort of thing; very nostalgic and tactile.
I'm not sure how I will use the cover yet but I have used the photographs as a layer with photographs of Derek Jarman's garden taken last year at Dungeness. I'm sure that I'm only pleased because it is one of a first few attempts at merging layers, and eventually I will be able to see all the faults.
If you live near Winchester, Hampshire a good place for old books is the Deanery Book Shop behind the cathedral; this being one of their rejects. They close during the winter. Another plug is for this group on Flickr which has excellent tutorials about using layers and textures with your photographs.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Some progress with the stitching. Layers of Cretan stitch in different weight and texture of thread and some couching.
For anyone in Sheffield there is currently an exhibition of artists' books at the Banks StreetArts Gallery. I have a small book in the show which I made on my Access Course; it is called 'Figures in a Gallery' so its sort of appropriate.
Fo those in Hampshire UK there is a new shop featuring the work of independent artists called 'Doodles' in Tadley near to Basingstoke. It opened at the end of last month and also sells a small range of art supplies.For anyone who knows the area you will realize that it is something of an oasis in a barren land.