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Nothing Matters

Nothing Matters is an existential crisis of a book. Its subject matter is ‘Nothing’ and it is made so that nothing is as you would expect: the pages can be outside the covers, or inside, and can swivel to be in any orientation. The making is exposed – cord and tape bindings, a hand-made headband forms the swivel binding joint. One section is sewn askew. The contents have the usual sections found in a book: contents, epilogue, colophon, chapter headings, diagrams, text and so on, but none are in the correct places. Mostly it is light-hearted, but there are some nuggets about the importance of Nothing as a philosophical and numerical construct. Mostly, I had a lot of fun making it.

Fragments

The concept of ‘Fragments’ evolved out of my fascination for a tiny fragment of bracelet which was one of many extraordinary things excavated from the Bronze Age burial cist (circa 1730 to 1600 cal BC), on White Horse Hill, Dartmoor in 2011. The artefact is braided with 13 double strands of cow hair. This has provided a rich metaphor for the construction of the book which includes 13 etchings, 13 double strands of text with 13 syllables in each line, and a fragment of 13 double strand wire braiding. The burial cist, in which the artefacts were found, was constructed with six granite slabs: a base, four upended sides and a cap stone set above. Hence the blue card folder has a base, four sides and cover. For detailed information on the ‘Whitehorse Hill’ excavation, the publication ‘Preserved in the Peat’ (Jones 2022) provides the narrative of the cist’s discovery. The prehistoric armlet is archived in the Box Museum, Plymouth.

Autumn

Cotton rag paper prints beautifully but is soft and needs a sympathetis subject to bring out its best qualities. I’ve always felt that Autumn is a softer season, slightly melancholy and well suited to this type of limp binding. Using environmentally- printed papers with their soft natural colours seems to work well with the poem, and I enjoyed bringing the ripeness of the season to the book. A hand made book with concertina spine on cotton rag paper. Collaged pages with cut shapes, some from natural dyes, some ink and painted pieces. Printed with the opening stanza of John Keats poem ‘ To Autumn’.

Hope

I initially produced this book as a response to a serious illness, when it seemed to me that the only thing left when everything seemed lost was hope. The contents of the book are a quote from the poem by Emily Dickinson entitled ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’. I have found this to be both an inspirational and a consoling quotation, something to hold into in dark times, and others have also found it to be so. The structure is simple yet unusual in that there is only one page which opens out completely flat, enabling one to read the whole quotation with no page turning required. This is a folded book bound in Italian and British printed paper, with a watercolour paper insert that opens to an A4 sheet. The page is printed with the poem extract and a pattern of feathers

Pockets for Women

This is a concertina book with folded origami pockets made from specially selected papers. Each pocket contains a quote on the subject of women and/or pockets, some amusing and some thought-provoking. There has been much debate of late around the subject of women’s clothing and its lack of pockets, entailing a need to carry bags of some sort. This especially came to light around the time of Covid 19, when cash was hardly used and a credit or debut card was all that was needed, and who needs a handbag for that? It turns out that women have been thinking about the need for pockets for many years, and the quotations I found inspired me to make this book, which has been very well-received, mostly by women of course! It is a part of my practice looking at women’s issues in general, although hopefully in a playful manner. A variable unlimited edition.

The Swarm

A hexagonally shaped book in a hexagonal box about bees. The book itself is made from handmade paper with embedded flowers, so that it links strongly to the subject of bees. The book was inspired by so many of my friends taking up bee keeping, and their tales of joys and woes. This book is an amusing take on the notion of how to deal with a swarm of bees, based on an old poem found in an old gardening book. Bee keeping tales from friends, so many inspirational and also amusing. We all want to keep our bees thriving, but dealing with a swarm as an amateur can be quite alarming. Edition of 5.

Spirit Animals

I was given a book of 18th century woodcut animals. They seemed too engaging to stay locked up in the book so I wrote a description of each one and turned them into a Spirit Animal game. Each pack of Spirit Animal Cards contains 35 cards with descriptions of different animals written my me. Cards are chosen at random allowing chance to play a part in divining your spirit animal. All the descriptions were written by me to a standardised format devised by me: for example, the peacock is resurrection and wise vision. Being beautiful, its ugly feet remind us to seek the whole picture. Use your intuition and inner beauty.

Folklórico

A British girl with Mexican heritage in Sheffield discovers more about her roots and learns to accept her mixed heritage after the death of her grandmother.