Tuesday 27 June 2017

Post Clay Travels. New work on the bench and towards New York.

 I was recently chatting with a studio guest, about how I came to end up doing what I am doing. I recounted aspects of my school life and after, the usual art, Paris trip thing. It was much later that I reminded myself of one thing I did at school.

 For the last 2 years of my time at South Axeholme Comprehensive school in Epworth, a guy in my class called Nick Snow from West Butterwick ( I think) and myself made the school magazine.
 I am pretty sure other people worked on the magazine and we were under the eyes of one of the teachers of course. We did all sorts, it was great fun. This was of course before there was even the thought of a computer in the school. everything was typed with a typewriter (lots of correction fluid) real cut and paste and lots of photo copying.
 We interviewed teachers, not via fb or emails we actually got off our arses and went to the teachers office and asked real questions to a real person in real time. I know... very heady stuff. We did comic strips, adverts for the tuck shop. Term times and events. I even remember us doing a cross word. 

Perhaps I have not lost that initial buzz of the making, the achievement  of making the 'Zine' of our first sale......

Friday 23 June 2017

Iskandar Jalil, Clay Travels. Finished.

The final work..... completed.

I have enjoyed every moment.

Iskandar Jalil, Clat Travels. Box making and labels.

The box is made, recessed linings, full Buckram, 2 Tray Drop Back Box.

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

Iskandar Jalil, When Clay Travels. International competitions, education and waiting.

With the doublers finished and the book allowed to rest for a while it was my intention to get on with the box. A simple affair in dark blue with a touch of special to the spine... However... things get in the way and the best of plans etc.

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

When Clay Travels is drying... Surviving Materials....

A new Artists Book, for exhibition in the Art Worlers Guild during the summer.

Tuesday 13 June 2017

IskandarJalil, Clay Travels.....

Work moves from the outside of the binding to the inner boards, the Doublers, sometimes referred to as Doublures... I prefer Doublers as it is easier to type because it is a letter less than Doublures.

Sunday 11 June 2017

Edge decoration, Clay Travels with Iskandar Jalil.

A detail image of one of the edges of the boards. The edges of the text block have been coloured white, the slight movement of the sections being kept.... Texture.

Saturday 10 June 2017

Iskandar Jalil, Clay Travels and other things in the studio.

 Above, detail of one of the 4 spreads for an artists book.
Below, the 4 spreads that form the pages of the book.

Below.  Iskandar Jalil, Clay Travels. The outside of the binding is now completed. I say completed, I have to live with it for a few days to make sure.
 I have truly enjoyed working with this binding. The materials and the finished look and textures have been inspired by the books contents.
 Soil from Singapore has been incorporated into the modeling clay.
 Textures and drips.

 Now for the Doublers, there will be soils, clays, text and more drips.... I feel I am on the final stretch with this binding. I have learnt and remember so much.

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Iskandar Jalil, at the end of the day... Drip Drip Drip.

Iskandar Jalil, Clay Travels... Just so Blue.

 Having spent sometime looking at the works of Jalil  I am not surprised that it is highly collectable. The more one looks, the more one sees and is able engage with the work.

Sunday 4 June 2017

Iskandar Jalil, Clay Travels

 A day for working and remembering.  Work continues on the Iskandar Jalil binding.  I know I should not say this but I am having so much fun. When at art college all those years ago I studied ceramics. I enjoyed my one afternoon a week in the pot shop as it was called. How those wonderful memories have been re-kindled.
 The light blue modeling clay has been coloured using acrylics whilst the pinkish/red has been coloured using soil from Singapore. The delicate shade hides its origin... mud.

 I am trying to evoke the work of Jalil, however he is varied in his output and with a huge raft of work it is easy to find inspiration.

 The work to the back board is not complete yet. more has to be done but the foundation is there.