Filed under: 2011 made in, book binding, printmaking | Tags: artist book, landscape, laser engraving, lino cut, relief printing
This book has been completed thanks to the kind assistance of my father Denis Hughes of MyChoice laser engraving. I have had this book in the works for too long now, it has finally been pulled together with stitching and is complete. The images are relief prints from laser engraved lino blocks with Australian red ochre pigment coating the inside of each folded page. The pages are bound up with engraved kangaroo leather recalling a scorched aerial view of the landscape contained within.
Two months with no postings is very neglectful on my part. The first month I was busy packing up my life and scouting ahead to prepare for the move to Sydney. The second month has been spent getting to know my new house, my new city and my new job.
A project I planned to commence in Melbourne was postponed for this upheaval. It has now begun with a book that borders on a prototype. Exploring, charting history through geographic navigational tools this book documents the chronology of Australian Prime Ministers, their names laid down as roads straddling the landscape.
Miniature covers to be embroidered for a miniature book.
Filed under: 2010, made in, book binding, exhibition, photography | Tags: artist bokks, exhibition, flip book, melbourne, photography
Zoetrope at Mailbox 141
141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
21 December 2010 – 21 January 2011
Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm
Saturdays 10am – 5pm.
Bring my animation and photography into the physical realm. Proof flip books awaiting stab binding and a tower of a photo archive.
Filed under: 2010, made in, book binding, printmaking | Tags: artist book, embroidery, lino cut, relief print
A foreboding Mordialloc skyline, stark windblown trees, a giant sky of clouds, hemmed in by wire, mesh, fenced barricades.
Filed under: book binding, printmaking | Tags: artist book, embroidery, lino cut, relief printing
New technology to mimic the old. Printing experiments have been a success with laser engraved and hand cut relief prints applied in layers. Today the parts will be pulled together into their final form encased in an embroidered map much darker than any other I’ve done.
The beginnings of another work, the lovely Kate (not me, another lovely Kate) returned from Vietnam with an embroidery for me. Transforming it into a book cover I am still uncomfortable with the appropriation of an unknown other’s work. As yet undecided on the contents I only know that I want to contextualise it with the book begun in Amsterdam focused on the sea, trade and colonisation.
Filed under: 2010, made in, book binding, craft, printmaking | Tags: artist book, embroidery, etching
The second copy of my embroidery and etching book The Lady’s Garden. These two books were created for the exhibition Banned Books at the Baillieu Library, details here. I’m in some good company, Eyewitness by Theo Strasser and Peter Lyssiotis is something else.
Filed under: 2010, made in, book binding, craft, printmaking | Tags: artist book, botanical, embroidery, etching, illustration
The results of backyard etching and a long day printing. This book is one of a pair to be shown as part of a group show in a few weeks. Examining definitions of femininity and how these have influenced the censoring of information for the protection of women’s delicate sensibilities. The imagerey is specifically in response to the garden imagery of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
Two embroidered covers that I’m working on for an editioned book that’s in the works. These covers are intended to be overtly sumptuous and sensual which is what I hope the variety of stitches has achieved. A lot of art making is going to be happening over the next few days so hopefully I’ll have time to take some pictures to post.