Monday, 10 April 2017

Iskandar Jalil. Kembara Tanah Liat ( Clay Travels ) The end papers .... Never throw anything away.

Never throw anything away... All last night I had this thought, something was nagging me about the end papers. In my back eye I kept seeing the end papers but when I looked at what was on the painting surface.  This morning I sat down and looked at the previous days work.

There is nothing wrong with the work but there it was not balanced.  I then looked at what the painting surface had been resting on.

The paper had been one of the papers I had coloured using oil based printing inks. The re-worked with white spirit and left to dry. The results was not what I was looking for... So I used it as a cover to save the work surface from getting paint drips and stuff on it.

I had kept seeing it...... Obvious.

From top left clockwise.... front end paper, back end paper and finally detail.

Exactly what I am looking for.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Iskandar Jalil. Kembara Tanah Liat ( Clay Travels ) The end papers half finished.....

 Layer upon layer... texture and more texture.

Now is the time to let everything rest and dry. Tomorrow will see the near final layering and colours with the endpapers made last thing. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished result. I am particularly pleased with progress so far.

Iskandar Jalil. Kembara Tanah Liat ( Clay Travels ) Work starts.

 I have the idea, the theme if you will. My starting point is usually the end papers. The end papers are the joining element of the binding to the text block. I have decided to combine techniques and mediums to achieve the desired effect.
 Jalil's work continues to delight me. The extremes of textures created with the hand, the tool, the clays and glazes blend beautifully.
 These images show the early stages of the end papers. I tend create by layering colour and papers, collage. 
 The full sheet of paper (above)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Iskandar Jalil. Kembara Tanah Liat ( Clay Travels ) New commission.

One aspect of my work that I enjoy is the fact that often I find myself either due to self interest or being encouraged by others or situations to discover new ways of manipulating materials to achieve a desired effect or result. To explore new directions... To find out more. This does not mean that every day throws up challenges that I have to tussle with, no, it is more that I enjoy following the journey as much as I do the end result. Having said that.. I do enjoy a good tussle every now and then.

 One new commission I have undertaken is an exhibition record of a ceramic artist. I have to say that unlike many bookbinders I do not undertake every commission I am offered. Nor do I replicate the same style of binding or decorative technique time and time again. I do not like boring. I also have to like or have some feeling for the book, contents.... there has to be elements that I connect with. I realise it sounds a bit Arty Farty but there has to be an understanding. In short it is easy to see when a binder, artist or book artist has just gone through the motions. No thought, no effort. Such a disappointment.
 One couple that have been commissioning me from my early days have always managed to find the right book for me to work with. I will refer to them as S and P.. they know who they are and I have a sneaky suspicion who is the boss ;-)

So to the commission, perhaps it would be easier for me to provide a link or two. Jalil Wikipedia  Short film.

I hope it is easy to understand why I like find so much to like and why there is so much  scope for stuff to happen and directions to go in and explore.

For the last 2 or so months I have been thinking about the book, what I would like to do with it. The overall feeling I want to go with. My initial thoughts are now becoming more and more concrete.

First to print the end papers.......

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Bookbinding workshop. Manila.

Workshops Progress (Ortigas Foundation Library, Manila. March) In the first image we see the set up of the tools and materials, the workshop leader is making sure all is ok. The 2nd and 3rd images finds us during demonstration mode, concentration and explanation. Image 4 and the cameras are reversed. The fifth image illustrates the little known book binding and book arts move, The Crane. This stance takes incredible skill and is not to be attempted without a safety net.... The day moves on with information on forth coming attractions.. Image 8 is with Jazz hands and certificates of participation. Finally image 9.. My work here is done.
Many thanks to all who took part. Thanks to Clarraine Tonog for the images except number 4... I took that.