December 2014

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Update on February post… After trialing several versions of notebooks in a couple of retail stores, and a craft market… I have finally settled on using my own hand – drawn font and designs, I have settled on the right amount of pages, and have found a reliable supplier of beautiful paper. AND now my first order of 25 is going to the fabulous Blackbird Gifts, you can find them on Facebook. …

the gilt house 2014


I have been experimenting with some new mediums and ideas for a show next year during The Fringe Arts Festival, in March. It is a group show with the theme …shadow self…. I was playing around with gilt/guilt..and was applying silver leaf to all sorts of surfaces to see what would happen, and what ideas it might spark. You have to put in a few hours of making/playing to help the ideas flow, I have now kinda got that show and objects sorted ( in my head at least ).
But then…. I blinged my houses, and now am veering off in another direction for my gallery work, who knows were this craziness will end.

Lost Knowledge 2014


My work is included in the annual Otago Potters Group Show on at the community gallery in Dunedin for the next 2 weeks. It is a real community show, with all sorts of work, and methods and concepts. 
Some of the potters, whose work is on show here in Dunedin have work in the prestigious Portage Award Show, on in Auckland this month.

La morgue des oeuvres / The book morgue



“The Book Morgue ” Group exhibition opened at Dunedin bookbinders, Dutybound last night and will be open until Thursday. This exhibition is part of things happening around the Art +Book Symposium at Dunedin School of Art starting on Thursday night. There was 10 quite different works,  some sculptural, some working directly from a physical book, and one cremation.  All exhibited in a working bindery in the Warehouse precinct. The show was curated by Olivia and Micheala, two printmaking students who I worked with earlier this year in a teaching module.
My work…Lost Knowledge. 12 paperclay scrolls with blue glaze installed in a small press.
This work starts to express some of the feelings around being made redundant from my job as a Bookbinder for the last 12 years.
Knowledge becomes lost, fragile and inaccessible. Hand binding as a profession is precarious.

Exhibition July 2014

Here is a link to Salon des Femmes latest group show, which was part of the OUSA White Night gallery and studio crawl.  The Saloneers are a group of women who met at Art School and have been exhibiting as a group for several years. I enjoy being part of this group, as it gives me deadlines to meet, themes to be thought about, a big shove ( we all need those every now and then ), and mostly a opportunity to talk “art” and not be considered weird or even worse ……arty !!!!

Negative foredge photographs

Micheala -negative image 2
Micheala -negative image 2

As part of all the trials, experimentation,  and general playing with the subject  and materials, Micheala blind drew images of animals onto the foredge of children’s books. She then photographed them. I think they are beautiful images.

Micheala - negative image 1
Micheala – negative image 1

Images of students work 2014

Students from Dunedin School of Art, printmaking and photography 2nd years completed this work during a Book module.  They were all given the brief of ” the presentation or assembly of their finished book , had to add to, or enhance the content “. All 8 students had different responses, but all met the brief.  All had challenges along the way, there was a lot of trials and marquettes.  Olivia made a Risograph pamphlet using her own drawings of classic horror actors doing domestic tasks. Micheala,  worked on a gigantic origami fold Book that took 2 people to open and turn the pages, and as a side project did foredge drawings on a small scale. Max, put together a book titled The Cove, with images of the sea and coast. Micheal bound a long thin book containing photographs of power lines. Jade also made a long thin book , Submerged,  which had concertinad pages printed with stills from an underwater film. Typologies , made by Rory contained various architectural images, and 2 different photo albums, 1 by Sophie which was Victorian interior photographs and  a 2nd album by Lara which was more contemporary take on an album.