Sunday, 28 October 2012


Madeleine and I have just completed facilitating our first polyester lithographic workshop together.  This was an introduction to the wonderful world of lithography without stones.  You can even print the plates without a press using a baren or spoon.  Everyone enjoyed the immediacy of this direct process.. 


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Paper Casting with Master Paper Maker Alison Newman

Two days later and we have moulded cotton linters pulp into our casts.  Madeleines box plaster cast was a huge challenge to open but we all took part in its separation and eventually prised it apart.  We spent the whole day tapping, slapping and sponging and now have to wait one or two weeks for the moulds and paper to thoroughly dry out before we see the results.  

opening the box mould

 the box mould still refusing to open

 the box mould open

A sheet of pulp teased into shape ready to lay in the mould

The pulp has been pressed into each of these moulds and is now ready to be bolted together to create the final object

 The six stone mould covered with pulp which now has to be gently pressed into the cavities

 This is now complete and ready to be left to dry

 The object moulds all bolted together for fusing.  All we have to do now is wait!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Mould Making with Master Caster Stephanie Spindler

Casting stones, shells and boxes in plaster at Pulp Studios run by Alison Newman.

Madeleine wanted to learn paper casting to develop and extend her practice within book making, including objects and moulded boxes.  For myself the challenge is to find ways of taking my practice outside in nature and I see the paper casting process has great potential for this

So now the plaster casts are ready for us to use  tomorrow, I love the cast of the six stones above and can't wait to see what the sheet of paper moulded in this will look like.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The Great Collision ...Quebec and Glasgow UK 

It is an exciting time for me I am collaborating with the wonderful visual artist Madeleine Samson from Quebec City.  She is here staying with me for 5 weeks.  We are now in our 4th week and we have been gathering source material from the beach at Dunure and Glasgow city in order to create some artists books and making small maquettes for our books


We have been taking raw image photographs using Madeleine’s close up lens on her Nikon camera which unfortunately my Mac does not have the software to recognise … so whilst we sort out that hitch I will carry on regardless.

We spent last week in Wales continuing our search for imagery on Conwy Morfa and West shore Llanduno and the amazingly spooky quarry at Nantlle in Snowdonia.  The car was full to the brim on our return to Glasgow

The quarry at Nantlle

We now have a very full two weeks work ahead.  Yesterday we started a book collaboration with another Glasgow artist, Moira Buchanan.  So far it has been a very democratic experience.  We decided as time was precious that we would choose objects in my studio as a starting point and inspiration for our book. 

We all agreed that we needed to work outside our comfort zone to make it a challenging experience.  So we each selected two objects, one that we would naturally been drawn to work with and one that we would not dream of working with. 

We narrowed down the choice with a vote of 1st 2nd and 3rd choice and ended up with this. 

 Although we took it very seriously I have to say that this was quite an hilarious part of the process.  We have ended up with two items that we all find extremely challenging to work with and is really going to push the boundaries.


 In between all this we managed to visit the exhibition 'The First Cut' at Manchester City Art Gallery, what a fabulous show of international work

Nicola Dale's work

We were at Manchester Artists Book Fair and the conference, Collaboration and the Democracy of Bookarts