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Have been working on some new ink drawings over the last few days with Colorex water based inks.  The drawings are a way of thinking and reconnecting with ideas to do with the connection between movement and intentions.

I completed a set of 10 printed b/w zines for PaperGirl’s London call out this week.

Having a few spare prints left over I thought I would try out some of the Pebeo  Colorex water based ink I brought for some large drawings I’m planning.

I hadn’t used Pebeo inks before (usually using Windsor and Newton or chinese black calligraphy ink), and found the pigment quality excellent when both diluted and undiluted . They mix and over paint beautifully too. They are water soluble and do not contain shellac as Windsor and Newton inks do and so behave more like water colour when over painting.

On Friday my first copy of   The Blue Note Book (April 2012)(edited by Sarah Bodman) a bi-annual publication from Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) arrived.

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A couple of quick updates:

A set of 3 of my small zines are to be included in the Holmfirth Arts Festival 2012 Zine Library.  The Zine Library will be open 15-24th June, Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm & Sundays 12-7pm.

A short piece of video of my animated drawings is to be included as part of Hidden Door’s event “Mini-Door” featuring the Tinderbox Orchestra at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, taking place on the 23rd of June.


I have been making some drawings again over the past few weeks. It is a side of my practise I find useful, but have not always too sure where to place it. The scale of these drawings on Japanese paper means I use all my current work surface and I really enjoy the physical engagement of making them. It’s also rather nice to come in to my work space the next day and find them pinned to the wall, a visible testament. When working a lot with photography and printing I find I lose contact in some ways with the physical processes involved. Drawing for me, keeps a record of my physical engagement, my physical intention.

Have been reviewing the last six months or so work & realized I have been making very ordered pieces; trying to make sense of the world, its complexity, chaos, and perversity by attempting to create a sense of order in the work, whether using photography, found objects, clay marks on the walls, or drawings.

Many of these pieces have come about as tentative ideas for the Al-Mutanabbi street artist’s book project.

The most recent charcoal drawings have been an attempt to begin to make less ordered work (not claiming that pursuit of order is futile rather that in some instances it may not be the sole response available).

Happened  across these  quotes by Mark Boyle today:

“The most complete change an individual can affect in his environment, short of destroying it, is to change his attitude to it. From the beginning we are taught to choose, to select, to separate good from bad, best from better.” (Mark Boyle, Control Magazine, No.1, 1965).

“We want to see if it’s possible for an individual to free himself from his conditioning and prejudice. To see if it’s possible for us to look at the world or a small part of it, without being reminded consciously or unconsciously of myths and legends, art out of the past or present, art and myths of other cultures. We also want to be able to look at anything without discovering in it our mothers’ womb, our lovers’ thighs, the possibility of handsome profit or even the makings of an effective work of art. We don’t want to find in it memories of places where we suffered joy and anguish or tenderness or laughter. We want to see without motive and without reminiscence this cliff, this street, this field, this rock, this earth.” (Boyle Family, Beyond Image, Hayward Gallery 1986).