Sunday, 14 January 2018


A busy week ahead with year 3 assessments at NUA, OCA tutorials for Testing Boundaries and general activity such as workshops - Hybrid thinking/construction is at the core of this session. You will be beginning to think about construction. You will be exploring where book becomes pleat and folding becomes smocking. You will of started off making simple smocking techniques, pleating and book experimental book structures. Needles, thread, paper and cloth will be provided. Meanwhile day 1 contact with students as part of the synthetic anatomy project at Kings was excellent. The energy in the room was so positive and solutions to bridge building and subsequent presentations were full of learning and thinking that will go on to support the project later.  some films - Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri is a remarkable film - it takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey that can't be guessed Mark Felt: The Man who brought down the White House is a film full of very dramatic swirling enigmatic music that includes references to telephones and telecommunication in general whilst pointing out the obvious imagery on screen. Man with an iron heart is a down the line but not exactly word for actual historical fact of Nazi action in WW2. 

Friday, 5 January 2018


At a recent trip to the British Museum I spent some time looking at the objects that held the objects in the exhibition cases. The break has given time to explore ideas of display as work and work as display. How books and bookart is presented is an ongoing concern, it becomes a focus on the MA Book Art Course at Camberwell so I'm channelling some of those ideas.
some films...The Disaster Artist - unsure if its knowingness is a good or bad thing - when it's not clear if one is laughing with or at its always challenging. Mudbound is just relentlessly oppressive and it happens in lots of mud. Last Flag Flying is a mismatch of a film with, tonally all over the place. The second series of Lady Dynamite takes a number of turns that makes you realise mental health is at the core of the writing as the structure develops more layers with flights of fancy and symbolism standing in for linear narrative - truly challenging such that the talking dogs becomes the most 'regular' activity in the whole series!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


a week of long walks - came across another example of smoking architecture in Orford - to add to my collection -  The next stage in the work for Goldlay Sq is that the title of the piece will lead the public to a social platform where the research that supported the thinking and making can be viewed - thinking @knownknowledge is the answer. Posts later. season 4 black mirror was as expectedly dark as it should be and at its best when engaging with technology that appears to already be here, but is it becoming a place to scare the children and promote fear of the future?....meanwhile all these sleepless nights - a truly beautiful film that shines a light on the stupid glorious wonderfulness of youth - it just hangs around being young - how wondrous. The remake of The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola has some interesting directorial choices in relationship to the original with Clint Eastwood - check out the mad trailer

Thursday, 28 December 2017


I've posted all the videos that I created during the residency in Cambridge at NanoDTC. Find them at my website - Within the work there are some great collaborations with the scientists at Cambridge; Sarwat Baig, Duncan Johnstone, Giorgio Divitini, Carmen Berraquero, Dr Malcolm Longair, James Xiao, Girish Rughoobur, Diana Vulpe, Heather Goodwin, Richard Howe, David Wharton, and Dr Deepak Venkateshvaranand. There is a suite of 4 with some excellent sounds developed by Aidan Johnson
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just awesome - so many points of wonderfulness - it has a room with the essence of the most evilness ever, with Supreme Leader Snoke and costumes from Hell with his Praetorian red guard and an excellent soundtrack and some clever meta references into and through the Star Wars Universe.
Within the universe that has been built for Bright to exist within everything makes sense but some wooden dialogue pulls you out of the world of belief. The Levelling portrays the somewhat isolated nature of rural life with a gloomy, oppressive look at family farming. Geostorm is nonsense but end of the evening take your brain out nonsense.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


I enjoyed being disturbed by the latest film from Yorgos Lanthimos.  Dogtooth was a triumph and Lobster wonderfully strange - The Killing of a Sacred Deer lingers in the mind - the distanced dialogue and otherness of place contribute to the 'wrongness' and are just the start of the tone created which enables the viewer to see and be changed when judging those around you. And then there was What happened to Monday where because there are multiple leading characters at any point anybody can die (brutally) whilst the plot can veer off to any point.

The work created by exploring the process of microscopy within unfoldingthinking has two iterations - the prints within the corridors of the building around the large electron microscopes that inspired their creation and a bookwork. The bookwork was chosen as one of the top ten this year in Sarah Bodman's an list and now in a circular fashion recognised within the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy.

Sunday, 17 December 2017


The work for Essex continues - Goldlay Sq is rising from the empty space, although as we know it was never empty. I have been looking closely at the designs and considering them within the context of the build and the budget. The work is developing into a focused intense experience, the pieces clustering so that they can be viewed as if a narrative. They are in themselves becoming more intense, more decorative. There will be more cutting which means that there will be less metal in the pieces but more space for interpretation. Thinking about a title for the piece - I'm interesting in the title linking in some way to an instagram account. I like the idea that I can put all the research that has informed the piece in a place that can be found by individuals if they want and also it will date the piece as instagram will obviously fall by the digital wayside as so many platforms have in the past.

there is to be a sign, a plaque - wordage to follow.

Saturday, 16 December 2017


3 hours in London so what to do? - popped into The British Museum - always a treat - after the obvious visit to the mummies - I checked out a truly stunning  exhibition of prints about printmaking. There are some truly stunning examples. On the way I found myself drawn to an extraordinary uniform made for the Qing army which 'performed' at the Forbidden City - rich in pattern and use of materials - one on its own is extraordinary and to think that these were worn by thousands moving in unison. There is also a great piece in a show that looks at war. Fariden Lashai has recreated Goya's disasters of war without the figures - the stark spaces are disturbing without a focus in themselves but the then the figures are projected back into the images. Blaine Southern has Sophie Jung downstairs which seems wildly out of place but good to see her work there.
Edel Assanti has an excellent show by Yoshinori Niwa which explores quietly yet forcefully the spaces between cultures. my first time in the space but I will be back.  Rosenfeld Porcini has a beautiful show full of beautiful objects titled combining materials.