I have been commissioned, together with the ABCD group (which you can explore under a separate page in this blog), to make a large outdoor ‘book of memories of the Dove’ for our Amazing Space exhibition this autumn. Today was our first real design meeting, and Jane Paterson had made a model of a fold book based on willow/hazel wands construction, together with experiments on making the ‘pages’ (waterproof, windproof, printable etc etc). Here are the images:
Model of book design
Close up of a page framework
Wet strength tissue with mulberry paper and gauze
A sandwich of gauze, tissue paper and newspaper, a bit of gunny paper and emulsion
Lunch! (always a feature of ABCD meetings)
Judith Staines had made paper out of processed willow bark (laborious but interesting), and Janine Barchard experimented with Ama Bolton’s
idea of pressing and steaming bark between paper pages to create a stain image. Caroline Mornement printed onto muslin.
Forthcoming dates: on 19th June Jane Paterson is giving us an indigo dyeing day, as the colour blue will be a main colour in the design of the whole exhibition, and on 20th June we will be making the pages. All extremely exciting, and good to have the project underway after months of thinking about it!
(More photos and descriptions on Ama Bolton’s blog)
Robin Frood is coming over from Venice again this August and is offering a 3 day Mokuhanga (Ukiyoe) course August 17, 18 and 19, here in my studio at the Dove.
Here is her course description:
The Japanese woodblock printing technique, mokuhanga, which was used to great effect in the mid-nineteenth century by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, uses pigments and rice starch which are applied to the woodblock with a brush and printed by hand using a bamboo pad. It is a technique that has recently seen a widespread revival due to the fact it is ecological and allows a great flexibility of approach.
This three day course will explore a range of expressive possibilities from the traditional method to more modern experimental techniques.
Course fee will be £165 which will include basic materials, paper and inks: more expensive paper will be available for students to buy if they wish.
Courses times: 10 – 4 daily
If you are interested, please fill in the form I’ve attached to this email and return it to me with a deposit of £65, payable to B J Bradshaw, at
(sorry, no form attached: this was from an email I sent. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org/)
Prints hanging up to dry
Finished prints stretched on boards to dry
Robin examines a print
End of course discussion