Wednesday, 30 November 2011


working on the ‘big book’ for first site - along with a manual for teachers to work the book and all the technical stuff around dpi and printing i have been editing all the images down to 20 pages a section – creating double page spreads – these two come from the section titled - abstracted images of the final building – with instructions like - its all in the detail - celebrate and find - point out the design the work is coming together and will be an exciting tool in the education arsenal! its been interesting to consider the idea and role of the author in relationship to this work which straddles the worlds of art and design – the work follows a brief to enable the exploration of creativity, particularly the deconstruction of the exhibitions at first site, whilst being the product of the creative act itself.

Sunday, 27 November 2011


mushroooooooming – its that time of year and i’ve been out and about collecting – meanwhile a busy week of assessments and timetabling at nuca alongside working on the publicity for repeat – a show of the work of people who work on the textile course both visiting tutors and course team. a day at camberwell working on the MA saw the session extending onto 6.15 when it should of finished at 4.00 – but some excellent work needed to be shared and it was the first crit of the year.

Friday, 18 November 2011


between you and me – the exhibition at the Samwon paper gallery in Korea looks good. The photographs show a really diverse approach to the book – so far I have images of the international section and I look forward to seeing the collaboration with Jeonghee. Mine is the sky and string piece and the upturned brown book sculpture!
I had my first print on demand book printed/published this week – its a sequence of images that I have been working on for a year – an element of which was trying to find the correct format for the digitally manipulated images that were taken in the swampy marshland area between Dunwich and Walberswich in Suffolk.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


a creative day of large scale and experimental drawing for textile students at nuca. working with martyn Blundell - year 3 students we looked at scale and touched on collaboration all within the context of their work within unit 7 which is a precursor to their final projects which they start next term – there is some interesting work within the student body and it felt good to set up something ‘old skool’.

Thursday, 10 November 2011


spent yesterday working on the ‘smocking is evil’ project and making design decisions on the ‘big book’ for firstsite, eventually the day culminated in a meeting there – i don’t think i will get over the interesting space – I have also managed to see some shows - Gareth Bayliss at Ipswich art school gallery - some well conceived straight-up designs for t shirts and Joni Smith at Stew in Norwich a wonderful show of insightful crafted pieces which on investigation have a richer meaning.

Sunday, 6 November 2011


another interesting day in the hands of TEDx at Aldburgh. highlights include Vincent Wash’s succinct overview of creativity linked to obsession which will find itself embedded in a seminar at nuca someday soon and the interactive work of Kathy Hinde. it was a pleasure to be in the company Nitin Sawhney listening to him talk about the point of music and finally the Modified Toy Orchestra who gave an excited presentation celebrating the nerd and the effects of standing next to the Hubble telescope before giving a short set finishing up with my MTO favourite Black Star – a good day.

Friday, 4 November 2011


to follow up some of the exhibitions I’m involved with –
Modified Expression is at the County Library in Tallaght, Ireland. Between you and me starts at the Samwon Papergallery_ 649-4, Junggok-ding, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul 140-220 Korea on the 12th. The Sunderland Book Project at Arts Centre Washington has its last day on 5th Nov, its next exhibited at Durham Xmas Book Fair and then next year off to Bristol for a month. Theresa has really worked hard on the curation and distribution of this.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


its been a busy week so far – a faster than sound at snape – not a bad one, it was interesting to see the wonderful Cynthia Millar and her Ondes Martenot again, although the visual side felt a little unconsidered and repetitive in the first half but it did improve in the second half with some almost exciting channel distortion from Rod Maclachlan. teaching at nuca has been around notions of ambition using images from Venice, exploring how management theory can be used in artistic reflective practice with a P.E.S.T analysis and practical advice on how to develop a context for your making.
the first teaching session at Camberwell saw 25 years of bookmaking – sequence, order, control, revelation, image generation, text, translation, narrative, 35 book structures and 225 images of bookness crammed into 4 hours of contact time. it was good afterwards to go to the private view of overdue an exciting exhibition in the library of the year 2 part-time students work and a chance to meet socially the new students.
looking forward to TED x on Saturday – highlights should be Modified Toy Orchestra who are really extraordinary and blew me away the last time i saw them and it should be great to hear Nitin Sawhney talk after seeing his many collaborations at snape, especially with Akram Kharn.