Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Regards Croises: France - Grande-Bretagne. Bella's Book

It's great to be asked to take part in a project, so when Sarah Bodman sent an invitation to make an artists' book on the theme of 'Regards Croises: France - Grande-Bretagne' I was very pleased to participate.

We had been asked to make a book on our ideas of France, for exhibition in Saint-Etienne and later, the UK. 

In 2010 I'd made a tiny concertina book about tramping in the Haute-Savoie and I found myself looking at it again. It was the first totally digital work I had made, quite a departure for me and I feel the time is right to explore digital further. 
I keep a small sketchbook by my bed - if I can't sleep I like to doodle - and this little character (Bella) runs through it. I think she's my alter ego. Sometimes she's a child, sometime my age, and sometimes 60 plus, she holds a running commentary on Life, the Universe and Everything.
This is the first stage for working out the flow for this book. Working from my scanned images I add colour and resize, before printing out, then it's a session of cut and paste and re-cutting and re-pasting.

I like this stage, there is time for reflection and the idea is still in its infancy so there is plenty of room for growth. I find this is an exciting time in the development of an idea.
By the end of the week work is complete and ready to be posted off.
A little postscript
I blogged today using Mr B's computer, mine has curled up its tiny toes and died. The book for France is a totally digital being, and exists/ed on my computer - I hadn't backed my work up for a while (I know, I know) so, if you haven't backed up yours . . . . . 


  1. Hi Mavina, I see you're following my blog, now I'm following yours. I love your little books but how sad that the new one is now in cyber space!

  2. Hi Anna, and welcome. I just collected my computer today and it looks as if the clever, clever man at CAD2000 has restored all my files, including all the many photos. Mind you, from now on I will definitely back up!