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Wednesday, October 7, 2009


How I love making books, but I do ask myself "Why"? so I decided to make one for each of the members of my art group. I wanted them to be useful sketch books so used pastel paper for one and canvas sheets for some and so on.
Some of the covers are made from the batikpapers seen drying on the pomegranate tree. (It sounds so very romantic and 17th century, I think...."under the pomegranate tree" there is something quite exotic about them. The imagined picture is far superior to the reality...the poor little pet will be supplanted by the more pragmatic lemon or lime tree! Batik reminds me of my ceramic days with Raku, you never really know what it will look like when the wax is removed and the layers revealed.I am really excited about Viera da Silvas work at the moment, I realise it is her wonderful exploration of perspective. I am working on the alleyways of Fitzroy, this is the one opposite my house (where the graffiti artists were of the side picture), still in early stages I am happy I am making some stuff, after a fairly difficult time being overwhelmed by 'other pressures' hopefully I can show more next time I post.


Jo Horswill said...

Hi Janette, great to see this post.
Oh those books, wow! Your art group are so lucky, they will love them.
Vieira da Silva's work is beautiful and so is yours. Jo xx

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of making a batch of books for your art group - what lucky people.