Yesterday I showed one of the illustrations for my artist's book, Rope of Words, by Megan Kerr. Each page is to have a layout as follows:Text on the left, with a modern illuminated capital, and an illustration on the right. The text and illumination will be screen printed - in about 4-5 screenings. The modern decorative Capital (in this case plain large capital) will have ghost embossing down the side in the blank space and the illustration will have words that are blind embossed. Here are the words that will be embossed alongside the woman who is weeping copiously. The tears will also be embossed. These have been made into an embossing template which is all ready to use. From … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 21
Rope of Words - Megan Kerr
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 … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 20
There are still so many mysteries inherent in the healing process, but we know with certainty that the attitude of the person is a key element to success. My friend has embraced her healing process and searched to find something she could visualise as her body undergoes chemo treatments. As someone to whom war is anathema, visualising chemical warfare in her body is not an option. She grew up in Florida and had been an active Girl Scout, and she has chosen to envisage a troop of Girl Scouts singing campfire songs and hymns as they go to stare down the cancer B-cells. Her brother Bob says a troop of Girl Scouts singing is sure to strike terror in any bully cancer cells. :) So fast forward … [Read more...] about Healing
I finally found the sort of image that has inspired me for my Woman drawings / screenprints. Here is a photo of it - sculpture which I saw at Agatha Christie's house in Dartmouth. (Sound's like name dropping, except that its a National Trust property now). And annoyingly, I forgot to write down the name of the sculptor so I can't acknowledge him or her. I liked the attenuated stylised body and the pierced light to show contours. Based on that I did a drawing - although I will have to get a model to pose for the series. Hope you like the haircut. in the story she vows not to cut her hair until she is reunited with her lover, so here it is before growing. This will be a lovely image to … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 19 – The Woman 1
I've now got my order of the first 25 sheets of paper. Each book will use 13 half sheets plus there'll be a set of prints on their own, plus with mistakes it can easily mean double the amount. One little spill or splodge in screen-printing and it's damaged goods! I'm hoping to do a limited edition of 6 books, so might eventually use 100 sheets. Gulp! Time to start tearing the pages. Just look at those beautiful deckled edges. This is a proper paper tearing knife, also known as a "shoe knife" as it is (was?) used by cobblers and it's quite hardy with a rosewood handle. The blade tapers to fit the handle without any angles or curves which could wreck the paper if it got caught. My bone … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 18 – Tearing the paper.