Wednesday, 27 June 2012


The private view at nuca last night was a full affair – with some interesting work on display the textiles are represented well by the web site designed by year two design students Mike and Adam – check out their site and the work of textile students at or go to norwich to see the work.
The bookmare design for print is finished and a visit to the printers on thur will be added to the itinerary during a trip to London with MA Textile Design students from nuca for new designers and the RCA.

Sunday, 24 June 2012


after two days of creative input it's nice to sit and reflect in all that I've seen and heard.
the RCA show at Battersea was excellent with some exciting, creative ways of solving problems in test bed 1 and 2 - I was especially drawn to the work of Shing Tat Chung also there needs to be a mention of the catalogue for printmaking - a deconstruction of the book with textual thinking - only £7 and finally the photography of James Smith Chelsea College has strong textiles and graphics as usual - another highlight of the day was Yoko Ono at the serpentine gallery - the idea that we-are-all-the-same-and-we-need-to-get-on is something she has been working on forever and this way of thinking continues in this show - make sure that you check out the temporary pavilion - a great idea that rethinks the space. The Aldeburgh festival had a day of John Cage - the wonderful Exaudi had a morning session housed at the Hoffman Building where 30ish Cage scores were presented at the same time and the audience walked around the building finding and engaging with the sound – excellent - later on at the pump house a smaller set of Cage pieces - my favourite being a new piece by John Weeks that involved mikeing up cardboard boxes and drawing with charcoal and interpreting the quality of the line with the voice. and they also performed the ever charming radio music.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012


a weekend of Ulysses from the BBC was complimented by going to see/hear Ulysses the musical! at the Pump House as part of the Aldeburgh Festival Led by Robin Brookes the person behind the adaption for the BBC – it looked at the music and songs referenced in the book – instructive and entertaining – what more could you want?
bookmere continues with the design of a paper structure that combines book/poster/leaflet. The paper i am giving has developed to look at revelation and testimony within the work that I do.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


last night I gave an illustrated talk at the Private View of the Level 3 & Level 4 Diploma in Foundation Studies Art, Design & Media at Wensum Lodge in Norwich. when asked by Nicola Naismith  I thought that it would be relevant and interesting to think about the role of art, artists and creativity in society - both for the young people embarking on their lives and the parents and carers who support them. The show is excellent with a wide range of quality work – a wonderful slice of old school art college activity – go and see -
more work on the bookmare for Camberwell has led me to Hans Holbein’s dance of death alphabet

Sunday, 10 June 2012


i’ve been invited to exhibit recent work and present a paper at the 1st bookmare – an event developed for the Camberwell space out of the postgraduate research program.
My research for this proposal has been around book arts relationship to skill and making, alongside reflecting on my personal connection to concepts such as testimony and revelation within a book art practice, specifically how this has been informed by my early psychogeographic history.
A visit to snap yesterday, an exhibition of contemporary art at snape maltings - it was a great opportunity to look at spaces that aren’t usually accessible.

Friday, 8 June 2012


how to get public art so wrong –
recently I’ve been involved in delivering training in a range of situations from professional practice sessions at Camberwell  a project proposal support event at nuca to MA students to Photoshop training for museum trainees at MEAL.
meanwhile working on a couple of projects –
lost books for Birmingham library sees me looking at the idea of ‘thisness’ and connecting ideas first coined by Duns Scotus who noted the discrete qualities, properties or characteristics of a thing which makes it a particular thing - a person or object's "thisness" with the thoughts of Gerard Manley Hopkins – the lectures and sermons i am responding to for the project.  
bookmare for Camberwell where i am creating a piece of print that is a book and a poster for the symposium.