I have been wanting to make some more hand-made artist books for a while, but commitments to making prints for open studios and an exhibition for next year, has meant they have had to take a back seat!
My latest monotype prints continue to have a moody, atmospheric feel to them, which I love. Many have focussed on themes of light in the landscape and have additional hand drawn trees as their final layer.
The two processes of hand-made books and printmaking compliment each other so beautifully. I never throw away prints which don't make the grade, preferring to keep them to cut up later for book covers.
I love being absorbed in the ideas I have, especially when the overlapping print and book processes collide with my creative writing!
I have just been inspired to write a poem about winter and this, I feel, needs to be made into a book. So for the first time in a long time, I will now be making a series of prints, specifically for a book cover and the inside images of 'Winter Comes'.
One of those still days
where the earth in respite, rests its bones
and the loss of leaf is a reprieve
who sigh their last breath into breathing spcace.
And the wind's intermission,
like time holding it's breath,
listens to birds without song
as the muted drizzle
rolls a veil over the year.
Clare Rogers 2021