Artists Books

Artists Books

     

I have been taking part in the meetings of Stroud Artists Books for over two years.
While I enjoy and am challenged by the act of making books my real interest is to tease around the idea and try and shoehorn it into a meaningful book where the form extends the idea rather than just contains it.
The book works I construct are sometimes just fun but mainly seem to be exploring how we perceive, not just the traditional book but also our expectations of the book form. 
Always Iā€™m trying to avoid the obvious; which in itself are a real catalyst and a lot of personal stuff surfaces, the challenge is to keep to the designated theme.

I believe there are three stages in how we interact with a bookwork

1.         Encounter ā€“  what the hell is that
2.         First contact ā€“ that feels weird
3.         Reveal  ā€“ well I never

Each of these stages can repeat or last as long as needed.
Motto: No surprise for the maker means no surprise for the reader.