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artists books drawing

drawing with card

Drawing doesn’t have to be on paper, it can be with paper – or today with card and objects.

I don’t have a clear idea where I am going, but I’m wanting to experiment with some artist-book forms, and so I feel like I need to play with shapes, and to bypass my mind and think some things through with directly with my hands. I’m just making a beginning by playing with offcuts of card on my workbench.

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artists books light

a video fragment

A fragment of another book of the dark (video), made on Mynydd Llangyndeyrn.

There is something that I like very much about this one, it may be that what I like about it is that it is so deeply imperfect, to the point of awkward.

A bitter-sharp wind. My hands clumsy, numb fingers sticking out of fingerless gloves, feet stumbling as I was turning.

[To see the best of this video, it helps if you cut down the relflected light in your room].

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artists books light

book of the dark

what is a book of the dark?
having no idea how to answer this, I have made one
it is a test or a draft
a starting point for myself
something to work from

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art artists books

intaglio printmaking process

I’m just starting working on something exciting with a small piece of scratched perspex that was in the shed. So I’ve washed it and written on it with a sharpie, and now I’m scratching marks into the other side.

I’m going to make artists books that go with writing that I am doing, that communicate the themes and thoughts in the writing – in visual and book-making terms.

So I need something to start with, because I need to start before I am ready – not wait.

Something like intaglio printmaking plates made out of perspex.

Its fair to say that it is very unlikely that anything really good will happen with prints from this piece of perspex – I mean, that what I make won’t work. But I won’t know why it hasn’t worked until I’ve done it and it hasn’t worked. And then I can try something else that doesn’t work either, but gets a tiny bit closer to working. And through doing that I can refine my ideas about what it is that I am trying to get to work.

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art artists books

artists’ book

Working today on a folding book for my collaborative book project with Suzie Ross.

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art artists books

four scrolls

A short video, still working with the watercolour scroll forms.

I heard a palliative care doctor talking once, she said that there are four things that people very often need to say before departing.

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art painting

scroll forms, watercolour

Making maquettes of scroll forms in watercolour this evening – working from memories of making the short film yesterday.

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art

pages

I have today made some project pages for my website, to share some of my work.

I am really happy to say that they are not perfect or complete or sophisticated pages.

And to note that some pages is much better than none at all.

I invite you to see them and I hope you will find at least one thing to enjoy:

https://sianbarlow.net/projects/

https://sianbarlow.net/short-videos/

https://sianbarlow.net/artists-books-with-suzie-ross/

https://sianbarlow.net/six-tiny-reminders/

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art

a box for joys

a box for joys, made today and sent out in the post

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art reflection

post office

The girl in the post office said I have to ask you what’s in the envelope, for safety. Its just paper, I said. And is there anything of value in there? she said. Yes, I said, its art.