Friday, 7 October 2016

Autumn resolutions

I suppose one of my new resolutions is to put up things on my blog more frequently - so here as an opportunity is the publication of the new issue of the London Magazine with a detail from one of my images of a woodpecker on the cover - which they have done very nicely - it is always exciting to see a new take on one your own images (as long as it turns out ok!)...

This time last two years ago ( how time passes) they used my Rook from Who killed Cock Robin....
perhaps I should try and keep up an autumnal sequence of slightly melancholy birds...although autumn - I love it - makes me feel even more creative.....
Am working on too many projects to itemise, even more so after a wonderful trip to Sicily with churches like stage-sets, marionettes galore and processions in the street with fireworks, lights and doves...manna to the heart of a girl from a Bonfire this space.....

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Reddleman, Robins and Peepshows

Art Wave starts this friday with a PV trail in Lewes High Street 

which I will be open for  - do come and join me  6-8pm

see previous post for more details

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Lewes ArtWave - Open Studio

Reddlemen, Robins and Peepshows

I'll be opening my studio again for Lewes ArtWave 2016 - check out

I'll be open 10-5 on the August weekends of 20/21,  27, 28, 29(bank holiday)
and 3/4 september
and in the week by appointment...

Maps etc are on the artwave website but I'm really easy to find - head for the top (Brighton end) of town and go just past the 'bottleneck' traffic lights and the 15th Century Bookshop on the other side, to the sign that says Con Club, sandwiched between two bits of Lewes Old Grammar School - if you get to Shelleys Hotel you've just gone too far. On the way call in at The Tom Paine Printing Press at 151  High Street by the traffic lights - prints and typography from a replica wooden 18th century printing press - right opposite the house of Thomas Paine. You can park in Westgate Street if there's a space or use the County Council car park at weekends further up near St Anne's Church.
The Con Club has a bar and a garden - open after 12 usually, and I will have brochures with all the other open venues in town and around.
Don't miss Fishpond Studio at Cooksbridge, just out of town, where my Lewes Printmakers latest book The Spaces In-Between will be on display alongside other prints and cards  - this is the one-off version with handprinted pages - a digital version will be on sale in time for Christmas and you can order in advance.

I'm still working on a 'peepshow' of the The Reddleman's Daughter and will post up a picture next week - all the printing now done and waiting to dry before starting to assemble....

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Up and Running again - Thomas Browne and Norwich Book Fair

 Norwich PBFA Book Fair - 14th May 2016:

 The Forum, Millenium Plain.  Norwich NR2 1TF                                                                   10a.m - 4 p.m

 For the past few years I have exhibited with Turn the Page in Norwich I will have a special display of my books, prints and box art alongside other Norwich specialities at the

 new PBFA Book Fair on May 14th.

I have also made a new cut-out version of my original book......


When you come to the fair, do visit the church to see the memorial to this wonderful man – it’s a beautiful church and it sells an excellent booklet with many more details about Browne and his life and work.

Sir Thomas Browne 1605 – 82 was a physician, philosopher, writer, antiquarian and natural historian who also introduced large number of new words into the English language. He inspired painter Paul Nash to make the artists book - ‘Urne Buriall’ ;
The book contains Browne’s reflections on ancient burial customs and the transience of fame.
He had a questioning and non dogmatic approach to life; his humanity made him a good physician and his presence often made patients feel better.

W G Sebald ‘s Rings of Saturn is a wonderful evocation of the man and his life, and his statue is also mentioned in Hartley’s The Go-Between when Marian takes Leo on a shopping trip into Norwich, leaving him to wait for her near the market.

The statue on Hay Hill was erected 1905 as a marker of the three hundred years since his birth. He is depicted holding a piece of ancient pottery although it doesn’t look large enough to be an urn.
The surrounding sculptures representing his various books were commissioned by the City Council more recently.
He is buried in the chancel of St Peter Mancroft Church nearby –with a marble memorial tablet erected by his wife on the wall, and six of his children are also buried in the church. He died on his birthday aged 77.

His coffin was later disturbed and his skull sent to London in a special casket and five casts made; the original skull is now re-interred but one of the casts remains in the church.

There is a special collection of his works in Norwich Central Library at the Forum.

Last year Hugh Aldersey-Williams published a wonderful biography called 
The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century
well worth a read;
it makes Browne very accessible - you'll soon be won over by the man too.

Browne was born in London but moved to Norwich around 1636 and settled there for the rest of his life.  His large and rather splendid house was within the parish, near to what is now the ‘Pret’ on the Haymarket; alongside some more medieval buildings it was demolished in 1837. In it he kept a large collection of natural things, including birds eggs; he was the first person to study the migratory patterns of birds. He also kept a bittern in his garden for a couple of years, a well as growing vegetables and herbs.

He was a practising physician in Norwich during periods of plague. In the summer of 1666, ‘the present and daily increasing visitation of the plague’ was so severe that Justices of the Peace for Norfolk urged Henry Woods, the Mayor of Norwich, to consider holding a market outside the city, so that country people bringing provisions for sale might be at less risk of infection from ‘that noisome

A meadow I use in this city, beset about with sallows’, is how Thomas Browne described the little meadow in the Cathedral precinct which he leased from the Dean and Chapter from at least 1669 onwards. The lease was renewed in 1681. Eventually new houses were built there in the precinct and the remaining small plot is now used as a car park – there is a plaque on the wall there.

There is no evidence that he was an 'alchymist’ but I have used the term to try and convey the all encompassing metaphysical spirit of enquiry in his work and his fascination with growth, decay and decomposition and the passing of time. 

With reference to Kevin's comments below - I really enjoyed talking to him at the fair - I can assure you I only phrased my comment above to cover my back! I work in a very intuitive way and I am delighted if someone more qualified can show that indeed he was. The Garden of Cyrus certainly reads to me as full of that kind of  thinking; it's on my (long) list for further artistic activity........thanks Kevin!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Next -Up - Kensington Christmas Book Fair

Christmas comes early this year
for book lovers!

When almost 100 leading booksellers from Britain and around the world descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation.  Thousands of beautiful, rare, collectable and quirky books, prints, photographs and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit every enthusiast.


The Fair Manager and Exhibitors have pleasure in inviting you
to the Kensington Christmas Book Fair

on Saturday, 12th December 
10:30am to 4:30pm
£2 (or free with this inviation)

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX

Public car park on site
Cafe on-site, open throughout the fair
Nearest tube is High Street Kensington (2mins walk)

I will be exhibiting my artist books at this and will have lots of smaller items suitable for Christmas presents and stocking fillers
Look forward to seeing all my London friends there...and think it will be worth a trip from farther afield....

collectors old and new are invited to join us for this special Christmas treat
Please bring or show this ticket for free entry

Kensington Christmas Book Fair
Saturday, 12th December


Saturday, 10 October 2015

Oxford Fine Press Fair 31 october - 1 november

Still desperately finishing my new books for this biennial fair at Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy are some images of work in progress to whet the appetite.....
look forward to seeing everyone

These images are even more exciting than I thought as two of them persist in appearing upside down, baffling - you'll have to come and see the book for yourself......

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Next Up - Lewes ArtWave 2015

I will be opening my studio for Lewes Art Wave   -  it is venue 16 in the brochure

I'll be there weekends ( and Bank Holiday )  22, 23, 29, 30 and 31  August and 5,6 September; if you want to come out of hours just get in touch...normal hours 10am - 5pm
First door on the left as you go in to the
Lewes Constitutional Club
139 High Street

There will be new work in progress - a new book for the Oxford Fine Press Bookfair end of october is on the way
and work centred around a recent book The Alchymical Garden of Thomas Browne ( see previous post for some images )
as well as older prints and books and lots of new cards

if you are weary there is a garden out the back and you can get a drink at the bar!

This image is for Marcus at the Booth Museum who very kindly talked me through how to glue dead butterflies to some twigs for a small installation in a dome - what a wonderful place that museum is.

Sir Thomas Browne ( 1605 -1682) was a wonderful seventeenth century writer, natural philosopher and physician, admired by Virginia Woolf, Sebald, Borges and Marias, and Paul Nash - whose Artists' Book 'Urn Buriall' is a personal favourite of mine . Like Montaigne, Browne lives and writes in that wonderful period - as religious dogmatism starts to crumble but before eighteenth century rationalism develops new straightjackets of its own - when the inquiring mind can soar through imagined space and time  making its own stories about how we might observe and fathom out the world and its infinite possibilities, 'moral and intellectual mazes' as his new biographer puts it....
His gloriously elaborate language is a joy and he is responsible for introducing and composing more new words into the english language than any other single person. I greatly recommend Hugh Aldersey Williams new book about him, the Adventures of Thomas Browne in the 21st Century - i hope it introduces him to a new audience.