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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.

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boxes

I spent some time today reverse engineering little boxes of raisins ( I took the raisins out first). Before that, I’d also spent quite a while examining matchboxes in our massive new Home Bargains, and measuring them with my tape-measure, before rejecting them. I was quite careful about spreading infection, and I also needed some other things for the house, but I still felt a bit guilty about the global pandemic, and wondered how essential the work was. Many people were in each shop. I saw no-one else doing as I was doing, although many people were dithering, and looking like they were having a good day out. [And one woman was walking up and down holding a tablecloth in a packet and having a lengthy video call about it. Actually she reminded me of two women I once saw at the National Museum and Gallery for Wales in Cardiff. I had travelled 100 miles to see a painting of a cathedral by Constable that was on loan to the gallery, and which was indeed very impressive. They had also borrowed a few others, including a beautiful painting by Van Gogh. I was standing and looking and thinking about paintings, when two women came by with a stroller, saying something about ‘that would look nice in the living room on the wall behind the sofa’, which was a bit strange because Constable made very big paintings. So I was wondering about what kind of house they lived in, and I listened more as they walked across the room and out the other side, and I realised that they were actually talking about the wall-paper, and did not glance at any painting in the room. This was a very interesting and very grounding experience for me. I’m not exactly sure why the woman in the shop reminded me of the encounter, something about the intensity.]

The decision is a difficult one. Matchboxes are in many ways nicer. But raisin boxes are easier to make and have a certain charm…

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art video

more tiny reminders

And these, the other three tiny reminder videos.

Credits for the words I didn’t write:

‘this too will pass’ comes from a parable that I heard, I don’t know the origin ;

‘flare up like flame’ comes from a poem by Rilke (translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy), and has lodged in my head.

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art video

a pair of black books

A pair of tiny black books, part of my collaborative book project with Suzie Ross. I sat in the sun on a wall by a river with Suzie today, and drew and talked about our project. Very excited to pick these books up from her today, together with some others for me to keep working on.

The next thing for this project will be to make a page here on my website, so that I can show the pieces of work as we are developing them together over the coming months.