Sunday, 14 January 2018


A busy week ahead with year 3 assessments at NUA, OCA tutorials for Testing Boundaries and general activity such as workshops - Hybrid thinking/construction is at the core of this session. You will be beginning to think about construction. You will be exploring where book becomes pleat and folding becomes smocking. You will of started off making simple smocking techniques, pleating and book experimental book structures. Needles, thread, paper and cloth will be provided. Meanwhile day 1 contact with students as part of the synthetic anatomy project at Kings was excellent. The energy in the room was so positive and solutions to bridge building and subsequent presentations were full of learning and thinking that will go on to support the project later.  some films - Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri is a remarkable film - it takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey that can't be guessed Mark Felt: The Man who brought down the White House is a film full of very dramatic swirling enigmatic music that includes references to telephones and telecommunication in general whilst pointing out the obvious imagery on screen. Man with an iron heart is a down the line but not exactly word for actual historical fact of Nazi action in WW2. 

Friday, 5 January 2018


At a recent trip to the British Museum I spent some time looking at the objects that held the objects in the exhibition cases. The break has given time to explore ideas of display as work and work as display. How books and bookart is presented is an ongoing concern, it becomes a focus on the MA Book Art Course at Camberwell so I'm channelling some of those ideas.
some films...The Disaster Artist - unsure if its knowingness is a good or bad thing - when it's not clear if one is laughing with or at its always challenging. Mudbound is just relentlessly oppressive and it happens in lots of mud. Last Flag Flying is a mismatch of a film with, tonally all over the place. The second series of Lady Dynamite takes a number of turns that makes you realise mental health is at the core of the writing as the structure develops more layers with flights of fancy and symbolism standing in for linear narrative - truly challenging such that the talking dogs becomes the most 'regular' activity in the whole series!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


a week of long walks - came across another example of smoking architecture in Orford - to add to my collection -  The next stage in the work for Goldlay Sq is that the title of the piece will lead the public to a social platform where the research that supported the thinking and making can be viewed - thinking @knownknowledge is the answer. Posts later. season 4 black mirror was as expectedly dark as it should be and at its best when engaging with technology that appears to already be here, but is it becoming a place to scare the children and promote fear of the future?....meanwhile all these sleepless nights - a truly beautiful film that shines a light on the stupid glorious wonderfulness of youth - it just hangs around being young - how wondrous. The remake of The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola has some interesting directorial choices in relationship to the original with Clint Eastwood - check out the mad trailer