Wednesday, 17 June 2020

An Introduction to Book-Cloth.... A Little Less Ordinary.

My biblionautic chums and friends.

An introduction, very simple, to some book-cloths. There are many and much ways to decorate book-cloth.. here is a couple.

 Please remember this was live, no edits.... so, well you know what I mean.

A few glitches, sorry. I hope it does not ruin your viewing pleasure!

For the movie of how they were made... Please follow this link;  Book-Cloth.






Please note there are other ways of doing things and opinions..... spelling and grammar plus book cloth suppliers. Please further note, the opinion of the author may change at any moment. This is due to having an open mind... of sorts.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. The last day. Two Diptychs, past and present.

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. The last day. Two Diptychs, past and present.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to share some of the different work I do. Thank you for your time, comments etc. If there is anything of interest or you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Each book has their own voice.

Two Diptychs, hand made.

First, a Romano-British facsimile. Wood, bee's wax and leather.
13.7cm x 9.8cm x 8mm when closed.

Second, a contemporary, miniature (using the North American guide of 3" and under) Hand prints, hand coloured papers, leather, collage text.
2 7/8" x 2 7/8" x 3/16"

 My biblionautic chums and friends, I had planned a summer exhibition. However, as with nearly all things this has been put on hold. But have no fear, if you cannot come to the exhibition.. the exhibition comes to you. Featuring work from my personal collection and new works.

 Please forgive the one or two blips and the odd shake! Please note, if there are days missing in your group it is because I only post to groups that I feel may find the post of interest or keep in line with the ethos or criteria of the group. For example this Studio 5 going live has not been shared with the 'Ring Road Truckers' as there are no trucks, truckers or indeed ring roads featured.

For a short film please follow the link below the images.










 Two Diptychs.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. Day 20. Mayflies of the Driftless Region

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. Day 20. Mayflies of the Driftless Region. NFS.

Each book has an individual voice.

A beautifully example of the printers art and craft.

With kind permission of the DeWilde Collection.

Text block. Wood engravings by Gaylord Shanilec, identifications by Clarke Garry. Midnight Paper Sales 2005. Text in Bembo Monotype composed by Gaylord Shanilec, additional machine composition by Michael Bixler..

Limited edition 400 with 50 in sheets of which this is signed and numbered 3 of 13.... Part of a special inner edition of 50 with the engravings printed on Gampi Torinoko.

Hand tooled (free hand printing with a period decorative tool) in ink leather binding. Un-trimmed edges, hand sewn end bands, hand decorated (Flottage) made end papers - leather jointed to edge to edge doublers (doublures) . Full linen board attachment, ¾ hollow with skirting, manhattening to tail.

A simple binding treatment reflecting the flight path of the Mayfly hand tooled in ink (not as easy as it sounds). The end papers and doublers (doublures) the swarm of courtship over water.

26.9cm x 18.8cm x 1.9cm when closed.

My biblionautic chums and friends, I had planned a summer exhibition. However, as with nearly all things this has been put on hold. But have no fear, if you cannot come to the exhibition.. the exhibition comes to you. Featuring work from my personal collection and new works. Further live posts will be at 11.00 hrs BST, everyday, give or take. Please forgive the one or two blips and the odd shake! Please note, if there are days missing in your group it is because I only post to groups that I feel may find the post of interest or keep in line with the ethos or criteria of the group. For example this Studio 5 going live has not been shared with the 'Ring Road Truckers' as there are no trucks, truckers or indeed ring roads featured.

For a short film please follow the link below the images.

Mayflies of the Driftless Region.












 Mayflies of the Driftless Region.


Friday, 29 May 2020

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. Day 19. Plan B and Exotic Tours.

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. Day 19. Plan B and Exotic Tours.

Each book has an individual voice.

Two artists books.

Plan B .. intolerance and bias. Darker aspects appear as logic is pushed further away. Fear, hatred, jealousy and lack of trust in self worth . "Base Nature, chaos, fear and hatred"


Hand dyed/coloured book cloth, collage text, hand printing, photo copies, resist work, stencil work, collage, gathered text from various sources along with mixed media. Full edge decoration.

Modified flat back case binding, drum leaf text block with laminated board/text block attachment.

28cm x 19.1cm x8mm when closed.

Exotic Tours .. Half remembered fragments of art tours. Shadows of lost icons, the cult of the selfie. "..like great standing curtains on the eve of a major exhibition..online.. cult .. celebrity.. the last portrait.."

Hand dyed/coloured book cloth, collage text, hand printing, photo copies, resist work, stencil work, collage, gathered text from various sources along with mixed media. Full edge decoration.
Modified flat back case binding, drum leaf text block with laminated board/text block attachment.

19.1cm x 20.7cm x 1cm when closed.

If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

For more information about artists books may I suggest a good starting point is the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Yes, I do have work in the collection)
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/books-artists/

My biblionautic chums and friends, I had planned a summer exhibition. However, as with nearly all things this has been put on hold. But have no fear, if you cannot come to the exhibition.. the exhibition comes to you. Featuring work from my personal collection and new works. Further live posts will be at 11.00 hrs BST, everyday, give or take. Please forgive the one or two blips and the odd shake! Please note, if there are days missing in your group it is because I only post to groups that I feel may find the post of interest or keep in line with the ethos or criteria of the group. For example this Studio 5 going live has not been shared with the 'Ring Road Truckers' as there are no trucks, truckers or indeed ring roads featured.

Please note all subjects are valid for the maker....including kittens but life is not just about kittens, there are other ways of doing things and opinions. ..... spelling and grammar. Please further note, the opinion of the author may change at any moment. This is due to having an open mind... of sorts.

For a short film please follow the link below the images.

Plan B.









 Exotic Tours.









 Plan B. Exotic Tours.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. Day 18. Revolution Evolution and a small re-cap on Surviving Material.

The Studio 5 Summer Exhibition. Day 18. Revolution Evolution and a small re-cap on Surviving Material.

Each book has an individual voice.

An artists book. A journey through a revolution evolution.

".. it does not evolve, but merely undergoes change of form. It does not advance from less to more, because there is no source where it could derive any increment"

Hand dyed/coloured leather, book cloth, collage text, hand printing, photo copies, resist work, stencil work, collage, gathered text from various sources along with mixed media. Full edge decoration. 17.5cm x 25cm x 1cm when closed.

Images evolving from my Man Booker Binding of George Saunders book... Lincoln in the Bardo... Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017.

Modified flat back case binding, drum leaf text block.

If you require more information please do not hesitate to PM me.

For more information about artists books may I suggest a good starting point is the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Yes, I do have work in the collection)
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/books-artists/

Man Booker 2017

My biblionautic chums and friends, I had planned a summer exhibition. However, as with nearly all things this has been put on hold. But have no fear, if you cannot come to the exhibition.. the exhibition comes to you. Featuring work from my personal collection and new works. Further live posts will be at 11.00 hrs BST, everyday, give or take. Please forgive the one or two blips and the odd shake! Please note, if there are days missing in your group it is because I only post to groups that I feel may find the post of interest or keep in line with the ethos or criteria of the group. For example this Studio 5 going live has not been shared with the 'Ring Road Truckers' as there are no trucks, truckers or indeed ring roads featured.

For a short film please follow the link below the images.











 Binding of Lincoln in the Bardo. George Saunders. Man Booker Winner 2017.

Revolution Evolution.