Sketchbooks

I like using sketchbooks. There’s something liberating about being able to visually articulate, explore and collate new ideas. My sketchbooks are just for me and I don’t judge my ideas as they appear on the page.

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Sorting through my huge stack of sketchbooks for a recent lecture, I realised how much my process has changed from my student days – what was once A3 and in pencil is now A5 and collaged. But whilst my sketchbooks have changed dramatically, they have always served the same purpose. They’re just a place for ideas to hang out for a while whilst my brain tries to make some kind of connection between them all. Projects (books, zines or concepts for future work) come from making order out that chaos.

 

Teeny Portrait Zine

I’ve finally made a small edition of zines for taking to the Artists’ Book Market at the BALTIC Centre Of Contemporary Art this June.

I spent a long time just planning and testing – making lots and lots of trial booklets, all folded and laid out in different ways.

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Each zine is teeny tiny, which makes it feel precious and sentimental. There’s something quite nice about the kraft paper envelopes too, with their simple texture and scalloped edge.

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The zine is thematically held together by a quote, handwritten on the reverse:

All human beings are single beings – unique and unrepeatable. (John Paul II)

Lovely.