Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Artists page for the Blue Notebook Journal

I decided to use this as an opportunity to make a prototype ‘make your own 3D beetle kit’. As part of my third year I want to make a book about beetles and have a selection of ones that you can cut out and make for yourself. The instructions for this one are vague but the construction is simple. This page will be published in volume 7. of the Blue Notebook Journal.

Delta 32

These are some images of my book Delta 32 I will upload some more and a video of the opening mechanism (it is an orthomorph) when I have finished moving house.

This book is about the evolution of human viral immunity.

The Thy bottle - top badge project

This badge was made for the Thy bottle - top badge project which was started in celebration of the Limfjord Centre's Special Anniversary (to see all the badges press here).

This badge is made from a photograph of a scarab beetle (and if you dismantled the badge you can remake it like a little puzzle). I collect beetles and have recently started using them in my work. The text on the badge refers to a (possibly apocryphal) quote from Darwin that "The creator, if there is one, had an inordinate fondness for beetles". Although the exact wording may not be accurate, as an avid collector himself, I have no doubt that he would have thought the statement to be true.

Bookmarks VII - Infiltrating the Library System

This set of bookmarks was made for Bookmarks VII. Infiltrating the Library System was initially a one-year project, but so many artists continued to ask if they could join that the Center for Fine Print Research decided to run it on an annual basis. The Bookmarks projects series aim is to encourage appreciation of work in the format of the artist's book. Participating artists each hand-produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world.

I collect x-rays and insects so I decided to combine the two things into one bookmark. I made 5 different X-rays showing insects that come out at night as a tongue in cheek reference to the saying 'like a moth to a flame' because you need to hold them up to a light to see them properly. The form that comes with them is modeled on a GP x-ray request form.

Artists' Box Hoatzin - Opisthocomus Cristatus

This artists' box was made for 2009s celebration of the 200-year anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150-year anniversary of 'the Origin of Species'.

It utilises the Victorian style of 'show and tell' scientific illustration and uses traditional printing process with a modern twist. I've incorporated laser etching with collagraph and acid etching to create a new for old aesthetic. I've made use of the 'golden rectangle' for my image plates to imply natural unity.

The hoatzin is one of the worlds' most evident links between dinosaurs and birds still living today and has a taxonomy that is still a mystery and open debate to geneticists.

This box was made in April 2009 as an edition of 15. The box is 19 by 15 by 3cm and contains an artists statement, 1
collagraph, 3 etchings and 2 intaglio flexoplate printed labels. Each box is £50 and there are 12 remaining. The large collagraph print is also for sale separately at £40, unfolded with a small intaglio printed flexoplate label.