Monday 23 July 2018

Nightmare. The finished binding.

 From the finished large sheet 6 spreads were created, Each spread was further worked on by tearing away parts of the top surface.

 Each spread is unique. Inspired by the urban environment... layered posters and other advertising material. Layer upon layer, repeatedly ripped off and replaced... over painted and re-used. The  results are fantastic.

The binding follows a similar path... layers, many layers. Then peeled back to revel the underlying surfaces.

Friday 13 July 2018

Nightmare. A new book.

 Nightmare, the new book. More layers and more colour. As the layers are added the image disappears to be replaced with a new image. More layers are required before I can begin to recover what was lost.

 A series of collages, layered and painted.

Nearing the end.. Time to sit back and look. First as a whole then as individual spreads then the small stuff. The details fascinate me. The physical textures dance over the finger tip.

A total of 6 spreads in all. The texture is amazing. I cannot wait to get this made.

Monday 2 July 2018

Evolution, concrete process of change.

Evolution has been on the back burner since the fab 3 days in Battersea at the ABA.. But as with all things on the back burner it has been been in my minds eye all the time. The binding begins to take shape. The boards have been edged in leather and roughly in-filled with a painters canvas. All the edges have been pinked apart from a couple which I have torn. The torn edge on the front board I will be keeping.
The first image is before pressing. Detail of the torn or ripped edge follows.

The leather on the boards has been cold tooled. I use traditional decorative tools in what may be thought of as non traditional results.

Colours are layered along with the build up of the applied textures. Along with the colours, imagery or abstractions of the imagery found in the text block will be will be used in the binding.

Evolution, the concrete process.

Work starts on the front board.

Evolution, concrete process of change. the cover is nearly finished.

Evolution, concrete process of change. the cover is nearly finished. Did I say that ? It is amazing what a good nights sleep will do. I have spent the best part of 4 hours re-working the boards and spine. This time I am pretty sure that I am nearer where I want to be with Evolution. When working on a fluid piece I think it is so important to give time for the work. Time to reflect and live with the work. Time to reappraise and reapply if required. I have the notion of what I feel is right for Evolution, I have the image of the completed book in my mind, I will know when it is ready. The series of processes has been more of an organic flow than a series of deliberate design steps. I know that may come over a bit arty farty but I hope my reader gets my drift.
I have to keep looking and re-seeing. But.... I am nearly there.