The last of the giant books.Posted: February 9, 2014
It’s been a busy time here, as I have been teaching my regular ceramics classes and looking after my mother, but I have had some time to finish the last of the pages of my artist book, Shadow and Light. It is going into the Art Textiles: Made in Britain gallery at the Festival of Quilts this year, which is some way away but there is a lot of finishing off work to do on the pages yet. I don’t think I will be making any more extremely large books, but although this is the end of a productive era, I have enjoyed making them and they have served me well. However, from past experience as soon as I say I’m not going to do that any longer, I immediately start another huge project. Storage is one big problem though!
The last few pages weren’t too bad to do, as I had been planning them for some time and, more helpfully, they used a lot of material I had already made, or at least half made. So here they are, laid down and ready to stitch.
The last of autumn: a longer poem, ‘From the Bright Sky’, and some printed and dyed Khadi circles. The double page spread measures 140 x 35 cm. Below, two details.
And below, moving into winter…
These are mixed media, including prints on paper and acetate, and an older embroidery.
Below, winter has set in; I’ve allowed it 4 pages.
These are the pages below, waiting to be finished. I think there are about 40, if not a few more. Eek.
I’ve written this whilst listening to Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the Seventies programme on Radio 2. Disconcertingly I know nearly all the lyrics in nearly every song; poor George has had to put up with my singing. I wish my memory was as good for nearly everything else in life…