Sunday, 12 June 2011

Books, birds, beach

I've mentioned Ed Hutchins in earlier posts -  one of my favourite book artists and a most kind and generous person. Ed taught some classes in Australia and New Zealand a few years ago so I was able to fulfil one of my ambitions, to do a workshop with him. At the time he told us about this book, then only in the pipeline, so I was very pleased to purchase a copy when it did become available.
There is a review of this book by Miriam Schaer in Bone Folder, Vol 6, No.1, Fall 1909. If I may quote from the back cover : Acclaimed book designer Ed Hutchins creates artist books that spring to life in delightful and unexpected ways. Combining eclectic materials and ingenious formats with unusual printing techniques and advanced paper engineering, his hand-made books blow apart the traditions of the bindery, while infusing traditional forms with new meaning. Hutchin's inventions and variations expand the boundaries of bookmaking in unimagined, and not soon forgotten, directions."
To watch Ed make and manipulate his books is an inspiring experience and certainly one I'll always treasure.
My good friend GB gave me this book for my birthday - very clever of her, I thought. Thanks, GB. This book has some quite quirky ways of repurposing books, and a couple I'll be putting into use. My only complaint about this book is that the print is fashionably pale and I find it hard to read with my aging eyesight. I've noticed this trend lately when I've bought magazines and while a pale green page with yellow print looks very attractive, it just is impossible for me to read. No doubt this is all aimed at a younger demographic but I do feel slightly miffed when I have to stick my head under a lamp just to read a few lines.
I mentioned last time that I'm again doing an online course with Michael deMeng (power tools, vroom, vroom...) and after being lost in the mail for months I finally received this copy of one of Michael's books. I still haven't assembled anything, book making taking all my time and space, but my collection of rusty things grows apace and threatens to overpower me. I've discovered that I can sit and watch TV while dismantling electronic gadgets - though I am wondering how many circuit boards any one person can use.

I've finally completed my latest pile of books for "the shop", they look great, thank goodness, and tomorrow I will clear the decks to get down to serious work on my BookArtObject edition. I want to complete the 20 volumes by the end of June before I go off to puppy sit for a month. I suspect I'll be taking more books for "the shop" to do while I'm away.
I can't get enough of these Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. This one has picked a lemon from the tree next door and is busily chomping a hole in it. A few bites and the lemon is tossed to the ground and the cockatoo goes off to pick another. A flock of cockatoos can demolish your orchard with no trouble at all. In fact they seem to get a kick out of just picking and dropping fruit. They are the vandals of the garden, only topped by the fruit bats, who also do a lot of tasting and tossing.

Please have a look at my previous post - I've added some photos. More birds I'm afraid but I'm pretty much hooked on birds as you may have noticed.
Another beachy pic to finish. I just love these sand trails, don't you?