Tuesday, 28 July 2020


my new latest sound - check out the funk you will be unable to not move with this. an interesting session with the Columbian Embassy today - exploring and sharing creative possibilities around their orange economy. They were particularly interested in the work myself and Melissa https://melissapmurray.com/ have been engaged with at NanoDTC. I've been working on some new crushed folded structures - this has led to a number of mini gifs. meanwhile some films - The Sunlit Night - understanding the world and finding yourself through paintings How to build a girl - well written and acted with some nice animated touches but the characters are a little straightforward.

Monday, 20 July 2020


'Health and Safety gone mad' - in a field near you - its a track behind my house!!!
At the moment if you happen to be in Crest in the Drome Valley, France feel free to drop into the Imprints Galerie. https://imprints-galerie.com/Home I have a work in an exhibition, the show is of the Gommisti editions, small rubber stamps commissioned by Imprints. https://www.instagram.com/imprints_galerie/ three online student exhibitions I've been part of this year - NUA Textile Design https://nuagradshowcase.com/courses/textile-design/ OCA MA Fine Art https://gallery.oca.ac.uk/ MA Book Arts Camberwell https://www.mavisualarts.com/ma-book-arts/ all worth checking out
onto films The Old Guard - some interesting moments but written as a graphic novel and it does feel a little like it still is, a little. Palm Springs both suffers and gains from its source, Groundhog Day, but it gets away with it, just. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020


an invitation to an exhibition - MA Book Art at Camberwell - its the final cohort's online exhibition. There are many wonderful works in the show but more importantly the work demonstrates the breadth of the course in terms of book thinking, alongside the focus it offered the student when narrating their own lives.
It is said that the victors get to write the history. The restructuring of the MA offer at the University of the Arts (UAL) included the closure of the Book Art course at Camberwell. Does its demise within the restructure mean success? Does that make them the victors and therefore should they as successful instigators of this action write the history of the course?
The true history of the MA is embedded in the experiences of 100s of students who have enrolled on the course and experienced it. Many continue to make, exhibit and sell books, they run private press's, employ people, teach others to make books as technicians, educators and artists in community settings and within educational institutions as teachers, lectures and professors across the world.
Others have taken their experience of the course, recognised the transferable skills we have explored together and used them to build fulfilling creative lives. They continue to build the legacy of the course, I think they are the winners and there is no need to write the history as they are living its future.
On this the last day of the course I think of them all, of the learning we did together and wish them well.

take care - bye for now

Monday, 13 July 2020


working on some new structures - or more like a new approach to the making or unmaking of work. crushing very tiny structures has obvious connotations at this moment in time, both for me personally and more universally. The final assessment of the Book Art Course at Camberwell has taken place, we just have the exam board to go and the course will cease to exist. The final cohort submitted some really exciting work that deserves to be seen beyond myself and Tanya. I hope that they get the chance soon, they and their work warrant it. meanwhile some films Family Romance LLC. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10208194/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 oddly  strange yet very normal slice of everyday Japan. The True History of the Kelly Gang https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4844140/ starts off with brutal oppression and ramps up intensely to a devastatingly unhinged spectacle.
The Shivering Truth https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/303380455 is a wondrous thing - this is a good place to start, it will twist your mind inside out and take your sole to a dark yet glorious place.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020


It's been a full-on manual labour session rebuilding the roof of my studio - it is now very ready for work to take place. This week at Camberwell the set project was mask - mine was informed by power, control and order - all the issues that fuel my practice.
meanwhile films - Fire Saga - Will Ferrell not at his best but the costumes are a wow and the whole film was obviously made with love and care for Eurovision. The Personal History of David Copperfield had some joyfully clever film-craft moments, using projection and editing to tell the story. The Lake House https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410297/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_1 had a nice twist after a long set of twists. Transit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6675244/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 had a disjointed feel that was totally at one with the narrative

Monday, 29 June 2020


Focal Point Gallery in Southend have asked for a self portrait to celebrate 30 years of exhibiting - I had a show of digital images created with 3D software titled reading landscapes, work that developed from a commission for Suffolk County Council in 2000. The black and white gif is created from a number of the versions. The digital bookworks gif is made up of images from the exhibition.
meanwhile some films - lost bullet - a long drive to get to a point, plus one - a glorious leave your brain on the side romcom  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9076562/ Irresistible - a clever punchy comment on the dysfunctional system looking at how America goes about doing politics - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9076562/

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


This week on the Book Art Course at Camberwell the email project has been all about mapping home - where it starts and stops - I used the video the RIBA Suffolk Design Awards made when the extension that was designed by architects Kirkham Sheidow was up for an award (we won!) thinking about my mum and the idea of a house becoming a home and then a house. Adding time lapse films made of the site of the house I grew up in was a little too much and video of the last time I saw my mum was just too sad.
Above are some screen grabs.
Irresistible by Adam Alter is an addictive book about addiction, focusing on the screens that surround us - there are some truly frightening and instructive moments that will see me altering my behaviour. http://adamalterauthor.com/irresistible
Who you think I am - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7552686/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0  Juliette Binoche is extraordinary as a woman adrift from her sense of self, developing narratives within narratives to make sense of a/the world. Truth with Binoche and Catherine Deneuve https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8323120/ explores versions of truth within collective and individual memories. Days of the Bagnold Summer was so sweet, you feel for both sides until they become at one The King of Staten Island had great moments of thoughtfulness where you are taken out of your own soul to reflect on oneself https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9686708/  Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee's  latest is a long mixture of every film genre you have thought about and a few you haven't. there are some extraordinary moments worth watching.