I am working on a grand project which will take at least three years – because it has to be squeezed in alongside everything else. This is an artist’s book in collaboration with Megan Kerr. This time last year she knew she had been shortlisted for the Bristish Fantasy Short Story competition, then a month later heard that she had won.
So far I have designed a font named Elva and I think I have finalised the page layout. I have also decided on how to represent the woman. This is an adult story about a woman who collected words with her lover, then lost both. She had to find her words to get back to her lover…
Here is the illustration for The Woman Who Plumbed the Depths for Words
The grey lettering will be ghost embossed and there will also be a pattern of willow leaves in the background.
In a netful of detritus, she saw ev– poking out, and pounced on it. Was it evensong? evection? But it was every way, just a corroding fragment of cheap disposable poetry tossed overboard by the summer-loving punters. She’d already found its partner, floating forlornly among old champagne corks, every day. Later, she found more of the tinny stuff, in pairs, more and more, by the shore, true, you, love, dove, but not her own words.
The woman will be a like a flat cut-out in each illustration and the words will be ghost embossed. There will also be some sort of pattern of embossing – in this case, the willow leaves. I adore the work of Matisse and have drawn inspiration from his work.