I'm rather pleased with the artists' book based on the theme of positive/negative I produced as a result of the Contemporary Drawing Sketchbook course at City Lit. I'd done a lot of preparation in advance of the class : painting the cover and stitching and drawing a variety of pages so what I did in the final session was draw with white ink on the cover and tracing the same pattern on the reverse but write the text associated with 'the elusive spark'.
|cover - based on fold out etching in book from 1787|
|inside showing pamphlets attached to accordion|
|cover folded up|
|cover laid out flat|
|Inside with pamphlets towards centre|
|Inside with left hand pamphlet opened|
|Inside with right hand pamphlet opened ( showing reverse of stitched page)|
inside with text
One of the reasons I chose this course was to bridge the gap ( ok chasm!) making links between my observational drawings and paintings and the design work for my textile pieces . It's certainly given me a lot to think about in regards to my sketchbook practice. I've written before comparing my lab book records to my sketchbooks. Now I'm no longer working as a scientist , I'm not sure the lab book approach is as appropriate and I'm in the process of reviewing how to make my sketchbooks work better for me as I develop as an artist.