As the last post until the New Year, and as a way of also saying Have a Good Christmas and New Year and Thank You to everyone who looks at this blog, I thought I would show some of the latest pages in progress from my new book Shadow and Light. Some of them may look a little grim, but it is a book about identity, so there we are, but they all round up on a much jollier note, which I thought I’d better do, it being Christmas and so on.
I have quite a few more book pages to make, let alone stitch and finish, as its a big old project, so there may be more coming along on the blog too, but hopefully I will have something else to bang on about in 2014, as I feel this damned book has been on the roundabout for years; but at least it has a real point now.
So here we are, a few images.
A double page spread in preparation here, featuring, let’s be brutal, our lovely old dogs Mo and Lizzie, who have gone before, bless them. They are buried in the garden, which is why I have used skeletons. We have another, Molly, who is ashes now, and dear George, who is sitting here with me now, [alive], would be quite worried if he knew what I was typing. The dear old sticks did all live good long lives.
I made a thermofax screen of a drawing from an x ray of a dog, and printed some Khadi paper in pearlescent white Setacolour. One sheet I left, the other I overpainted with black ink, so the running dogs stood out in relief.
This is a cut up recycled piece of work, which will be machine stitched and hand stitched onto the background. It was printed too, with the new screen. I’ll be using the screen to make work for an online exhibition too, next year.
Here we are, a jolly summer days page, and below, its partner.
These two, below, are another double page spread, one of which, with the large dragonflies, is one large printed and dyed piece of Khadi paper. The pages are 35 x 70 cms, so there is a good amount of space to work in; I really enjoy working with a long landscape format, it gives you such scope for narrative.
Below yet again, another spread, with a jolly garden too, to end on. Have a good time, Sx.