Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Completed two group tutorial sessions for the Open College of the Arts – an on-line experience which sees me wearing a microphone like early Madonna and I love it. The process is fascinating and the connection with students all over the world is an extension of the work I am involved in at Camberwell. It’s interesting to be part of the future in some way!
The digging, drilling, cutting, shifting part of my life nears its end – the ‘floating’ step is on its way and the new house bit should be completed by Friday.
I have become slightly obsessed with a nonsense bit of Netflicking – to Netfklick – he Netflicked – etc - Person of interest – the graphics are interesting if the plot is often ludicrous, even laughable at times. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1839578/

Its turn the page in Norwich this weekend – it will be interesting to see how it is developing, I had a table and was part of the judging last year – this year I am just a punter. http://turnthepage.org.uk/

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


A teaching day in London – an excellent group crit at Camberwell – some exciting starting points for new work which made me want to go home and fold paper! – the bookmare at Camberwell space looks good with an interesting theme - against nature, curated by Finlay Taylor with help from friends! - a nice publication accompanies the show 
http://finlaytaylor.info/news.html then off to Matisse at the Tate – it was a joy to see Jazz, possibly one of the earliest pieces of book art as the genre developed from the livre d’artist. Everybody talks about the physical qualities of the pieces in the show and it is true their materiality is very present especially the earlier pieces when he was using the cut outs as a way of exploring the many possibilities of composition – worth a visit but be prepared for the gawping crowds. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/henri-matisse-cut-outs

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


A weekend of theatre at High Tide Festival in Halesworth – the big meal http://www.hightide.org.uk/event/the_big_meal and incognito http://www.hightide.org.uk/event/incognito - both plays with interesting fractured narratives and a staggering amount of stage craft - it’s great to see such interesting work just down the road – meanwhile out of the scrape materials from the building work going on around me I’ve built two multi-functional-seating-day-beds-with-storage for the new space – they look a little like coffins which could give them another use...................later 

Friday, 11 April 2014


some pages from 1 of the 24 conversational bookworks potentially for the pews at Cley14 - spent the day on the train to Leeds folding and sewing. The day was most excellent with time at ASDA HQ talking with the George people and associates for possible student placements and a quick visit to The Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery to see the sublime exhibition Tooth House by Ian Kiaer http://www.henry-moore.org/hmi/exhibitions/ian-kiaer-tooth-house and then a blast of a video by Bruce McLean http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedsartgallery/Bruce-McLean-Another-condition-of-sculpture.aspx very funny and worth a visit just for that.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


the display in Bristol looks good - I like the idea that Sarah will continually rearrange the pieces in the space - this is the core of the idea - the multiple narratives created through the manipulation. http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/les-bicknell.htm


a busy day of folding - working on 24 joint books for Cley14 - thinking about conversations and juxtapositions and the wonderful possibility afforded by random

Sunday, 6 April 2014


its all about the detail - the inside of the new space is looking good and the 2 hour meeting about screws has paid off - the feel is of craft-folk-modernism - Jane at kirkham and sheidow http://www.kirkhamsheidow.co.uk/ has done such a wonderful job and the guys at Simon Odgen Builders are right on the mark when it comes to problem solving the details.

Friday, 4 April 2014


a thoughtful day in North Norfolk - a day of a visit accompanied by Polly Binns to the church that holds cley14 www.cleycontemporaryart.org I have a number of starting places and a possible site for the work - books and the pews! but meanwhile I have been captivated by the cloth acting as a protective coverings - maybe there is a connection there.