Friday, 23 June 2017
I suppose it is ordinary practice to title a box in order to know what is inside. I suppose. However, and this is perhaps were I move from the ordinary practice and into my practice, that I title perhaps in a different way. If this box were to be in a library of identical boxes then it would be an idea to title with the content. But, how to title. The point is simple, any collector of any art knows exactly were each and every piece is. They are able to glance at a box or crate, fraction of a frame or section of a plinth and know what they are looking at.
So, the title gives us an indication of what is inside, in this case what is on the box is not just an indication of what is inside it is what is inside.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Some time ago, months in fact I had been asked if I would be one of three judges for an international book binding competition. One is of course flattered and I agreed. It was only after agreeing that I realised that being a judge is with its ups and downs. More of this later.. but a day went with me and my fellow judges pondering books from the resolute traditionalist to the conceptual artists/performance book. Pleasant but still hard work
The following day was spent sitting in a meeting of an education committee. Nuts and bolts time.
The box is taking shape. All will be complete in a few days time. It has been a good.
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Below, the 4 spreads that form the pages of the book.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Sunday, 4 June 2017
Friday, 2 June 2017
Mud slinging.... various stages of the delicate application of that rarest of rare things... Singapore mud in SW London, to the Iskandar Jalil book. The first image is of the fine, dry mud being spooned onto the recessed area of the back board having been prepared with an adhesive before hand of course. The 2nd image is a little detail of the upper left hand corner of the board prior to the unstuck mud being brushed off with my trusty Hake brush. The final 3 images show the extreme left of the back board having had a varnish applied and allowed to drip dry..... So, for those detractors of my work who say to anyone that will listen to them... "Mark Cockram and his is work is s☟❦t ".. Well for once they may be right. LOL