Wednesday, 21 April 2021


I produced a list of phrases from parts of one side of an overheard conversation. The lady whose voice I could hear talked ceaselessly for over an hour, with her companion barely being able to get a word in!

It was hard to distract myself from the sound of her voice, and this was made more frustrating by only being able to hear snatches of her spoken sentences.

'Eavesdropping' was an appropriate title and the addition of the 'blah blah, blah' repeated phrases, gives the handwritten list a visual quality of laborious repetition.

There are eight copies of this small concertina book.

2021 Concertina book
Handwritten on square paper


The Lost Weekend BABE2021

The Bristol Arts Book Event (BABE) was postponed last year and was due to take place in April2021, but continued restrictions due to the Coronavirus, meant that the event was placed online instead of live at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol.

Although this was a huge disappointment, the organisers did a fabulous job connecting people via the internet and social media. Books and videos were available to view online and there were activities to take part in.

Kurt Johannessen, a visual artist, works with performance, installation and book arts. The Lost Weekend offered one of his 'Exercises' to take part in over the weekend.

    "Bake a loaf of bread int he shape of an aeroplane.

     Put it outside for the birds to eat."

Wednesday, 7 April 2021


Remnants is a collection of 10 varied books made from old prints, or parts of old prints. These images, (usually monotypes or collagraphs) didn't work out very well and were placed in the 'No Good Prints' pile! 

Often, I will browse the pile to see if there are any prints that can be repurposed for handmade books.

'Leftovers' was my original thought for a title, but when I looked in a thesaurus for an alternative, I found 'remnants', which I much prefer.

The synonyms made a lovely, short, collective of words and a beautiful visual list.

To convey a sense of 'remnant', I used a simple one sheet book fold and cut, and divided the words between the pages. Handwritten text echoed  a feeling of something from the past, perhaps disregarded, useless or unimportant.

There are 10 books in this varied edition.

Front cover: Remnants 2021
Varied sizes 

Inside: Remnants

Inside: Remnants

Inside: Remnants


Wednesday, 3 February 2021

the wood itself

 'the wood itself' is an A6 book inspired by my love of a silver birch tree that grows in my garden.

The tree is fully mature and I love to watch it change through the seasons. It offers habitat to many birds and wildlife, which is a part of nature in which I've become much more interested in recent years.

The cover is made from recycled brown paper with a layer of tissue paper glued on top. This, I think, resembles the peeling, flakey bark of the trunk.

I have extracted text from information about birch trees at to create the poems/phrases, some of which are lists of words that are beautiful when read out loud.

Cover: 'the wood itself'

Title page

Extracted text from 'the wood itself'

Extracted text from 'the wood itself'

Monday, 25 January 2021

Salt in the Wound

Salt in the Wound is a small concertina book with a short poem about truth and loss.

The sea metaphor suggests a loss of life as the final act at the end of a relationship.

I stretched a large sheet of thick paper on a board and using a brush, washed oil based printing ink and water based drawing ink over the surface. The oil and water repelled in areas, created an effect of the sea, waves and ocean depth. 

Once dry, I cut the paper off the board and drizzled water based ink down from the top to create the back of the book.

The text was printed onto newsprint, then cut and glued to the folded book.

There are 6 copies of Salt in the Wound.

Salt in the Wound 2021
9 x 25cm Concertina book
Handpainted cover with inkjet printing on newsprint.

Salt in the Wound 2021

Salt in the Wound

My thoughts, once reasoned,

Now flying, tossed on blown spume.

Undertow calling.

The ragged untruths,

Spilling over my edges.

Drawing me under.

Your silence completes.

Surrendering, drowning cuts

Like salt in the wound.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

I See Myself

The short piece of text for 'I See Myself' came about after a very restless nights sleep, with ideas and thoughts running around in my head, leaving me tired & wired at the same time! When the alarm went off at 6am, the first line of the text popped into my head, quickly followed by the second and third. I quickly started to write them down, knowing how easily they can slip from the mind.

I later tweeted the verse, then decided, again without much deliberation, on the style of book and the papers I would use.

It really is wonderful when book making ideas happen in such a straightforward way, especially as some, by contrast, take an age to formulate! Happy day!

'I See Myself' measures 10.5 x 6cm and is inkjet printed on newsprint. The card is 175gsm Artcard with a tracing paper insert and a cover of Abaca paper.

Front cover: I See Myself 2020
10.5 x 6cm 

Inside text

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Solomon Browne

The Solomon Browne was a Penlee lifeboat with crew from the Cornish village of Mousehole. In December 1981, a crew of eight answered a call from a cargo ship called the Union Star. In heavy seas and hurricane force winds the Solomon Browne and her crew battled to save lives aboard the stricken ship.

However, despite their courage, all eight crew members from the Solomon Browne lost their lives that night, as well as those aboard the Union Star.

This disaster was the last time the RNLI lost an entire crew in action. Every year on 19th December, the Christmas lights in Mousehole are dimmed in memory of the 16 people who lost their lives.

My A6 handmade book  was inspired by a song about the Solomon Browne by folk group Silvington.

I researched articles online and extracted text from the RNLI page about the incident. The resulting prose, I hope, conveys the unfolding tragedy and the disbelief and grief from such a sad event.

I hand painted the artwork on a large sheet of cartridge paper using ink and water. I scanned images from the the artwork for the inside and then cut the artwork up to make the covers for the books.

Solomon Browne is an edition of six.

Solomon Browne
Front cover

Solomon Browne
Example of inside page

Solomon Browne
Example of inside page