a map of hyper-space

Talking not Doing

Signals for Mars

As part of Morley college’s celebration of the centenary of Holst’s Planet Suite the print department is asking students to produce some related images. I first heard vague stuff about this back in the autumn and had a few thoughts – yes my brain went galloping off in all directions. Here are some more… Read the rest of this entry »


A larger fence that still stops

I cut a new plate of the same subject. to give more space for the fence, or lack of it to breathe. I wanted to see what adding colour would look like.

Here are the final prints on this subject for the moment. One day it would be nice to produce a small edition, once I’ve chosen the colours. Read the rest of this entry »

‘A journey’

The other day i introduced yet another printing project and here only a few days later are my working drawings (only slightly delayed because the scanner was buried under piles of refiling). Because the accordion book is 90cm long its been difficult to work out how to reproduce the drafts here. Read the rest of this entry »

More Book Stuff

I’ll probably be able to think of a better title for this post later, but lets just go with that for now. I now I’v got a lot of projects on at the moment, so here’s another one –  a class of Japanese woodcut and book binding. Two of my favourite things. extending an image in time (instead of space as with my origami). Read the rest of this entry »

The fence that stops

Back in 2015I made a post about the walks I was making. This January I’m coming back to one image – the fence that stops.


the end of the fence around the coal wharf

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Four badly painted walls

Things are really hard at the moment, but I was really desperate to do something. Anything. I miss my shed. I haven’t been in it for a month and then two months before that. Don’t forget the shed.

These are reject stock printed canvases that I painted with gesso ages ago. For a while they’ve had a colleges mounted on them and have just been hanging around.

In a fit of deciding to do something about the heap my life is in at the moment I raided the end less cupboard of art for some inks.

Spontaneous art who’d of thunk it!

I’ve left these out side the shed and I might come back to them or might just attack the rest of the prepared canvases.

So it goes


Space ship fit out

I started this in September. It is an eighteen page concertina book.

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It has got to the stage where everything is coloured, but there is lots more detail work to do. There is a mixture of ink, colour pencil, water colour, gauche and the odd sticker.

I got this far in January but i’m posting it here, because I want to save the new year for new things.


Book stuff, an addition to the library

This post really belongs in jan/feb 2018, but December needs all the jolly things it can get. The impulse shopper came home with half a pad of paper. Its american i think, its called parchment and in a weird size. I was wondering what to do with it, and decided to make a book – I’ve wanted to try Coptic Binding for a while now. And books are special things so it’s interesting to make them. Read the rest of this entry »

Tea Dragons say…

(Well it was going to happen sooner or later)

Have a warm and well feed mid winter season.

These three are host, tea and water. They are proofs for working on cutting techniques and to see the behaviour of he press. More work to be done in the new year (and over winter break).


Fiery Pearls of Wisdom

Part of the narrative of the origami pot is that the Dragons have left off hunting the Fiery Pearl to stop for a cup of tea. Therefore the Pearl has to go somewhere on the pot and I’ve put it is on the lid.

The question though is how and where and when? Read the rest of this entry »