Thursday, 12 July 2012

Inspired by the creativity of friends and strangers

It's been a busy few days, and not much has been done in my shed . . . . youngest brother and his missus stayed for the weekend and we braved the weather to see the Levellers at Avebury Rocks ll 

I'm aware that I overuse the word fabulous, but they so very much are. If you look closely you can see the rain.
The droplets are big enough to capture even with a phone camera.
How can you visit Avebury without taking a stroll around the stones, and letting your mind wander. We can only guess at the motives of our forbears (and unless we discover time travel this will always be guesswork) the mystery adds to the magic of Avebury, especially in low light - watching the rain coming in over the hills.
Seeing a friend in Oxford and catching up with a few exhibitions also kept me out of the shed! I particularly wanted to see Out of the Woods at the Oxford Museum of Natural History. I can recommend it, artists Robin Wilson and Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley produced a thoughtful show, with a good range of wood and linocut work. 

We also saw the Jenny Saville exhibition at the Ashmolean and Modern Art Oxford

The work in the Ashmolean is to accompany her first solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. The Ashmolean has two large scale drawings on the theme of motherhood. I really enjoyed her drawings, they are both personal and universal, she took inspiration from, The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist, by Leonardo da Vinci, and creates two powerful and moving images of a mother and child.

Today I spent the morning running around the country side, having a lovely time (which included a very fine slice of carrot cake) but still not in my shed . . .

So, on my return home I thought about my week. 

I have looked and looked, talked and talked . . . but not made anything. I have however, spent a week being inspired by very creative people. I have admired work made by strangers and I have looked at the books made by friends and I have been galvanised into getting to grips with a project that has passed me by!!

When I got back to my shed today I needed to make something, so for a quick fix I decided to develop and idea I'd had in mind to do for the Tenth Anniversary of bookartbookshop  X = or What is to be done? At the time other obligations meant I couldn't submit a book, but I had thought quite a lot about what I would like to do.

I pulled out my wooden type, a motley crew I know but much loved by me, and started working on an unfinished old viscosity mono print I'd made some years back. I've had it in mind for some time to find a way to make use of various prints, unfinished or just unloved, it seems such a waste of paper to have them sitting about the place.
Printed and cut, a maze book starts to take shape.
The addition of a cover,
an X is for kisses,
and hey-presto at the end of the week I've made a piece of work. 

I feel much better now.

1 comment:

  1. oh my gosh! I love this book. Gorgeous. Want to trade sometime? I'm in the middle of a new project now--should post some pics soon. I hope you have multiple copies of this one! xoxo