Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I suggest that we each maintain our own entries in the "Contributors" page - or send me more info and I'll put it up for you! - and probably the best way to do it would be to list ourselves in alphabetic order of surname. I'm about to put myself up there... some of you are already up there... comments welcome!
I proposed that those of us going to the Impact 7 conference "take over the blog" for the week of the conference (this is why I need your opinion, dear BAO members!) with a variety of activities. Modern mobile communications technology being what it is we could do all sorts of things such as... live interviews with amazing book artists, photographs (obviously!), daily "diaries" from the conference, sound recordings, movies, podcasts, tweets... anything my new Windows phone can do (or those i-phone thingies too for that matter!) - just for that one week.
Ronnie pointed out that because our books are going to be displayed behind glass we probably won't have the room to put up much information about us or the ideas behind BAO next to our books, but we can put links to our blog. So what about changing the format of the blog slightly on a permanent basis and using the Blogger "page" functions to put up a "Contributors" page with brief artist statements/photo/resume about each of us, and a page each for "Edition One" and "Edition Two" with information about the texts/authors/photos of the books etc. We could also have an "Exhibitions" page showing where our books have been and by whom they've been acquired! These new pages would be constantly renewed as we make more editions but would be of interest to anyone coming to the blog or wishing to join up.
So whaddya think?
'congratulations - your application for quick response grant to attend Impact7 has been approved'
Regional Arts Fund in a very specific way...
"This project was made possible through a Quick Response Grant provided by Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote Australia."
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A post from me over here is long overdue, so I want to assure everyone that things are happening, the wheels are in motion… and so on.
First : A Discovery
Working on my contribution towards the Art & Lies stream of this edition, I discovered something I think is remarkable: papyrus paper feeds perfectly through inkjet printers (well, mine, anyway) and accepts the archival pigment ink beautifully!
I am still marvelling that it’s possible to bring together these two technologies, literally separated by 1000s of years and find they can operate so well together. I keep imagining the reaction of an Egyptian person from 2500BC, if she/he could just see their familiar old papyrus emerging, all neatly and beautifully printed from my Epson 2100.
Second: A Question
I need to ask you trained printmakers a question about edition numbering.
For my book I have made a drypoint print. The first one I made turned out very nicely and I was quite satisfied. However, the next two I am not happy with at all. I am realizing that I am of course at the bottom of a steepish learning curve with printmaking, and that it was probably a little over-ambitious to think that I could manage 10 or more identical or even satisfactory prints, without expending a lot of energy and without making probably at least twice as many to choose from.
So…I then thought that I could make a scan of the one I like and reproduce it on the now available digital BFK rives paper. All the other parts of the book would remain unchanged.
This would leave me with one original, which would include the actual drypoint, and then an edition of 10 or 12, with the archival digital reproduction of the drypoint + the other components as for the original.
I hope this makes sense!
My questions are:
1) Is this a reasonable thing to do?
2) If so, how do I number these? And what about the original?
I look forward to your advice and if you’d like to see a sneak preview of a little bit of my book, you can pop over to my blog and check out my latest post here.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
After a year of wrestling with the Winterson text (I haven't even started on Claire Beynon's poem - woe is me) and various thoroughly misleading posts detailing what I thought I might do, what I started and then what I binned it appears that a reduction print is taking shape... I just wanted to prove that I am doing something since you're all sending me your beautiful books!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Reflecting on the journey, this book has been a constant thought companion for nearly a year; with sketches made here and there, ideas and options tested and trialled. At times I thought I would never settle on an approach and get started; but bit by bit, I narrowed down the options and made decisions.
These are some mid-process drafts...
The book is a response to Claire Beynon’s poem, rather than a rendition of it. If I had chosen a rendition I would have used the whole poem throughout the book and made it the focus. By highlighting particular lines or phrases I created my own personal reading of the poem in a calligraphic way.
There were certain words or phrases that jumped out at me, and told me the underlying story of the poem in a way, and I chose these words/phrases to include in my book.
I am fond of squares and chose to work within the square format. This choice was supported by the covers I found in a funny little art shop which then set the format and colour scheme for the rest of it. Sometimes I need a little push from outside to stop exploring and make the decision, then continue to explore within the new boundaries.
I wanted to give the reader some opportunity to wrestle with paper in the process of reading the book. I also knew I needed/wanted to include Claire’s complete poem somehow in the book; and so the idea of having it held within a Japanese tato on the title page came into being.
Choosing which of these little pockets to use was a fun time in itself; and I had the odd disaster here and there as I trialled them in a remote Aboriginal community where I had no ruler or measuring tool; and the squares are actually formed from rectangular pieces of paper which require specific dimensions and proportions - none of which I could easily or readily achieve!
I did one original calligraphic version of the phrase or line I highlighted and then scanned each of them individually. I had hoped to be able to print the scans direct onto the pages but I ran out of time to master the set up of the pages in the software properly; so they are individually attached to each page. In the end, I like the hand-made and crafted nature of their attachment.
Here is my first test page of writing...you can see a couple of rejects already!
Here are some images of the pages..
I knew I had to do a simple binding if I was producing an edition, so used a three-hole pamphlet binding and the beads on the outside just added a tiny decorative element.
The whole process was enjoyable, frustrating, perplexing and wonderful all at once and I can’t wait to do it all again!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Never mind, the works are all interesting and I'm sure the judges had a fine time selecting.
Here's the link to the page with all the books and all the winners.
And here's a shot of the winning piece Melaleuca's Book by Marie-Noell Fontan of France.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Name of book
media materials used
edition number of total editon
Do we put project details i.e., made as part of the BAO project /phase 2/ JW option ?
Do we put blog address and so on..............???????????????????
Monday, August 8, 2011
In between, and because its quicker, I just wanted to link to the East Gippsland Artist Book exhibition which opened on Staurday night. Three BAO folk (Amanda, Ronnie and I) were selected to participate (and my husband Barry Smith). The winner was announced on Saturday but as yet, no word on their website, and we didn't get a phone call, so I'm assuming it wasn't me or he, but maybe one of our other folk was successful!
Anyhow, thought you might enjoy a look at the exhibition - the pages and photos are well put together and there is a real variety amongst them.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Please just email me your addresses and I will then send you the book. Once I post yours off I will let you know so you can look out for it.