These are images from my latest book art project. It’s a mini altarpiece inspired by the writing of Giovanni Boccaccio and the paintings of the Lorenzetti Brothers, Pietro and Ambrogio. It’ll be on display in the Rylands Library in Manchester in July for several months initially as part of an academic conference celebrating 700 years since Boccaccio’s birth (might be death). The booklet contains the stories of twelve women told by another twelve women. I invited twelve women to name another woman whom they found inspirational - this was to reflect Boccaccio’s book De Mulieribus Claris of 1374 in which he wrote biographies of famous women.
The paintings are made in egg tempera and the whole thing is based on Pietro Lorenzetti’s altar piece depicting the life of St. Humility.
My mate Ray Gill helped me do the woodwork.
The print bits were done at Northern Print.
Thanks also to Richard Chippington.
5:26 pm • 13 May 2013
This is a test piece for an animated book - using an Arduino board and a servo which is triggered by a light sensor - therefore when the book is opened the illustration becomes animated. A computer is used to upload code to the Arduino board and a friend called Tali Padan has been used to get the code right. She’s proper clever.
8:25 pm • 14 November 2012
Some photos of my submission to Theresa Easton’s Sunderland Book Project - a bit sepia tinted because I am a lazy photographer but they look nice and warm don’t they :)
My book was inspired by visit to the Sunderland Maritime Heritage Trust’s workshops.
You can see this and the other fabulous (seriously fabulous) artists’ books at Newcastle City Library from 22nd November as part of the Newcastle Winter Book Festival.
Theresa is also taking them to Washington DC (yes the one in America) to the Pyramid Atlantic Books Arts Fair
5:44 pm • 6 November 2012
This is what the phenakistascope animation looks like.
Music by Moondog (a composer who walked around New York city dressed as a viking - the tune is Viking 1).
12:16 am • 18 October 2012
Vikings phenakistascopically circumnavigating Ginnungagap
1:11 pm • 4 May 2012 • 29 notes
Finished another Escheresque drawing which has been waiting for a long time.
A third is in the works.
9:55 am • 16 February 2012
a notebook of longing and regret
Some photos of my simple submission to the project ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’, a book arts project in response to the car bombing of a street of booksellers in Baghdad in 2007.
The faces are all friends, mostly taken from facebook pictures. The drawings are separated by handwritten expressions of the kind we use when we lose someone.
Al Mutanabbi Street project
12:52 pm • 9 January 2012
A fretless cigar box bass that I made for my eldest son’s Christmas present. I tried to make it with ‘found’ materials as much as possible. A walnut neck and cherry wood fret(less)board. Three transducers inside and it sounds pretty good.
12:34 pm • 9 January 2012