I have made my own calendar for quite a few years now. It means I can make it the size I want, and arrange the dates how I want (mainly meaning a Mon-Sun week, not Sun- Sat), and include my own photographs to make it more personal. At one point I made complicated and exciting collages of photographs, but I have simplified in my old age. Nowadays, I use one image for each month, that comes from the same month in the previous year. Continue reading “2018 Photo Calendar”
After my recent weekend in London, I decided to fill my teeny tiny scrap book that I picked up a while ago from Lomography.com. Continue reading “London Scrapbook”
I saw Su Blackwell’s exhibition ages ago at the Bronte Museum. She had taken some of the Bronte’s books and created book-cut sculptures. They were site-specific and pointed to the imaginary worlds of the Bronte children. You can get commissioned work through her website for thousands of pounds.
Art Made From Books features Blackwell’s work as well as plenty of other weird and wonderful examples of books art. This is a showcase of art, rather than a do-it-yourself instructional book. But it’s beautiful, and quirky. And make me wish I knew how to do things!
Adventures in Letterpress
Adventures in Letterpress is one of those beautiful books that I bought a while ago and don’t ever really look at. Because it’s not instructional I don’t feel the need to pull it out from under 17 other heavy books to look through it. But it has lots of incredibly clever, artistic, and eclectic examples of letterpress printing. Many of them are political and/or rude which makes them more interesting imo.
Letterpress printing uses a printing press to press a raised surface (say protruding letters) against a continuous roll of paper. Letterpress was almost obsolete, with other easier techniques of printing available. But, according to the Adventures in Letterpress blurb, artists and designers have taken is upon themselves to rescue letter-presses from scrap yards. This kind of art has become nichely popular (if that makes sense), as an antidote to the crazy digital age we live in.
I took a 5 day trip to Edinburgh recently, and decided to continue my travel scrap booking. It wasn’t quite the mammoth job that my USA scrap book had been, and I just picked up an A5 notebook from a shop in Edinburgh.
It’s mostly photos, but I did also include a few other things like train tickets, restaurant business cards, and maps. I got my photos printed out at Boots, where the 7×5 size was the closest to the size of each page of my notebook. So I created collages of the photos in Picasa in 7×5, then cut out the individual images when I had printed them. I used some full sized images, as well as a mixture of smaller sizes. I left some white space to do some ‘journaling’. I did a much better job of keeping it all chronological this time around, the America one all got a bit jumbled up.
I like that I used a note book from Edinburgh to use as my scrap book. My next trip isn’t until October to Riga, Latvia and it would be nice to find another little book there to use but I’m not sure how much time we’ll have to go shopping.
After my trip to America (New York and Washington DC) I thought I would try my hand at scrap booking. I’ve kept a scrap book before but then lost interest in it, and it sits half-filled on a shelf somewhere. For this project I chose a smaller scrapbook that would be dedicated just to this one trip.
Whilst I was there I kept hold of receipts, tickets, restaurant business cards, food packets etc Anything really that I liked, that summed up the USA to me, or that reminded me of the trip. I have the Rishi tea bag wrapper from my birthday lunch. I kept the baggage check tickets from the very rude staff member (fond memories). And I have the flattened Milk Duds box that kept me sustained for the first few days of jetlag in NYC.
I took a lot of photos with my phone, and a bunch with my digital camera. So I could start planning it all out as soon as I got back. I did a lot of notes when I was planning it out- that’s how my brain works! I listed the photos I wanted to use, the items I had to include, and also what we did each day to remind myself. I still manged to mess it up and get two of the days the wrong way around!
But I also used film cameras (Canon Ixus and Diana F+) as well, and had to wait to get them developed before I could see if I wanted to use any of them. So it dragged a few weeks annoyingly. Below you can see a an image that boyfriend took with his phone (left), it’s off me with my film camera. And you can see the photo I took of him with my film camera (right). You can also see how much better digital cameras adapt in lower light levels!
It’s not perfect, some pages look a bit messy or odd. But I’m pleased and plan to do it again when I go away in October to Riga.
Just a few crafty bits and bobs I got for Christmas. A new copy of Selvedge magazine which is stupidly expensive, but has pretty pictures and articles on artisanal* crafty things. A book of 20 different fabric flowers for me to try making, and some pretty silver tape. Continue reading “Crafty Christmas Presents”
Boyfriend was having a BIG birthday because he’s very old now so I decided to decorate his house with some decorations, if only to distract from the general messiness.