The second half of the year has flown by, there is no excuse for why I have not posted anything for a while, other then sheer laziness. In July I began my own monthly magazine, have exhibited in London and finished a new project. Plenty to have spoke about but ill update you on them more later!
I wanted to talk about sketchbooking in this post, for I, am useless at it. I see the spine, or the metal binding and my brain cross-wires, I become ridged with my creations and freedom. Everything get clustered centrally, and my expressive nature lost. Sketchbooking is something that I am having to work on daily, whether it be looking at the type of pens I enjoy to work with, how I collage in a contained space and using different methods, such as types of glue ect…
From this nature and utter fright over a sketchbook, I began to stitch pages together and glue in left over pieces of collages/ scraps I had around. These were less thought over, and initially just a way of having less waste. I really enjoyed taking the time of stitching the pages, and having an element that was full of life as an end piece. I began to re-connect with different space sizes and stated to add type in them from my journals, give the books a bigger meaning, a reason to have been created. From these initial pieces, I have now a slight obsession over collecting things I wouldn’t have usually, such as envelope people have sent to me when they have beautifully wrote my name or illustrated, papers collected at places of interest, tickets and maps, anything that could look interesting cut down to size and saddle stitched together. These small A6 books have to greater purpose other than being a visual collection of my thoughts and trips, but just being surrounded by them and having the ability to now express myself in another manner is incredibly freeing. They are also things I can quickly grab and chuck in my bag for an on the go sketchbook, for a person that likes to sporadically decide to venture somewhere, a sketchbook is never on the agenda, but these can be manipulated very easily from there small size. I can do rubbings, write in them, insert more pages, stick things in I have collected from the day, sketch…. endless options.
The moral is, there is always other ways of working if one way doesn’t fit you! - such an obvious sentiment, but one I feel we all forget at some point or another. we are conditioned to go to the natural cause of things, and sketchbooks are one of these for a creator. But in essence a sketchbook is anything you want it to be, not just something you have to buy from a shop.
Below are a small selection of these books