The beautiful images of sunrise and reflected trails in water were taken by my old matey Duncan, Thanks DW
This is a shorter version of this week’s blog for those who can’t spend time with a long one. I shall post the longer blog in a sister posting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q03E7oTc5qo Read All About It by Emily Sande sets the scene in this blog, listen to her beautiful words which resonate with my poems on the wall this weekend.
Grating And Gyrating Sound Waves Drown The Conversations.
The LA*BF weekend had planned hard to make it a good event but for many stallholders upstairs the Saturday ‘performances’ were a worry as the wave of sound was grating and gyrating the ears as the harmonics in the hall left much to be desired, stopping the needed conversations between the makers and potential purchasers. It was a lovely idea to get poets to read aLOUD but in the words of a famous song from the 60’s, ‘Too LOUD man’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyn4KJzbL3c
Also for many hours the punters seemed unaware that upstairs were the best of the solo artist-book-makers (ABMs). Where? There at the top of the stair, something not doing clippity clik on the tills! So we spoke about signage to the organisers and it slightly improved Saturday pm and by Sunday pm there were a deluge, which would have been welcome on the first two days too. They need to sort it out from the start for next year.
(A*-means artbooks NOT artisbooks! I found out, oops)
I sacrificed my weekly Ashtanga Yoga practice for the joys of driving & parking in Londres. Driving up we missed a turn cos I were talking too much (as usual) and ended up in Kent.
I, Lard o’th’Tease, was a guest player with a presence on David Jury’s, (Lord of the Leafs) ‘Fox Ash’ table in the form of my new (little) version of Inside The Earthen Vessel to show the inspiration behind our collaboration on DJ’s beautiful (the big version) Inside The Earthen Vessel. Thursday’s opening, Friday & Saturday brought not a whiff of sales, then, on the Sunday it seemed like the Sunrise of my Book(s), people had been interested and talking with us about their merits and suddenly the first one went and it seemed everyone was after one, confirming DJ’s hunch that his letterpress prints were profoundly appealing. I had just organised a signing on the backs by us both when the first buyer decided to take one. We realised the only way to wrap them was in what Picabia had referred to as a band of copper, although in the absence of copper I had found some brass bangles but they worked a treat as I carefully rolled the ‘book’ into a ‘scroll’ and slotted two bangles over, one at each end. Then the firmness of the scrolled book made its own protection.
It was good to be next to Mette Ambeck & Mike Nicholson and even better to find Mette’s little collaboration, UDKANT, with Nancy Campbell while the latter were still around to sign it along with Mette for me, thanks girls, made my first day. Mette & Mike are experienced pilots flying the bookart trials regarding the straggling punters all spent up once they’d reached us. So I suggest that LABF reverse the orders of the tables, put the big boys upstairs out of the way so the public can enjoy the more individual handmade produce in the big room downstairs. IF they did I would apply early enough next time to be allocated my own table so I can show more of my work next time.
I have decided to produce my new weird and wonderful ‘SquidgeratScrawlings’.
So when I weren’t squawking to folks at David’s table I was looking at the ‘opposition’ (Freudian slip?). I was particularly much impressed by the following practitioners in one way or another:
Then I met a couple, Guy & Rebecca who on reading the poems said with looks of delight on their faces, ‘We used to live near Hermann Hesse’s house in Gaienhofen 78343!’ wow. And Guy says to me, ‘It says in Paul Corinthians, “We have this treasure in clay jars” ‘ wow some more!
Also, got to mention the lovely staff and food in the Exmouth café next door. http://www.exmouthcoffee.co.uk/gallery.html I had several meals there over the weekend and I believe their Chai tea must be one of the best around. Kept my spirits high whilst I spoke with folks who couldn’t afford to buy but loved the work.
Most of them took my card and that’ll give access to this blog, so you may be a new ‘Merry Prancer Maybe A Dancer?’ on my Digibuk Hi!Way, well come.
My old mate Duncan Walker came to the fair and this was his reaction (he’s a jolly good dancer!),
“What an astounding piece of work you and David have produced with your Inside the Earthen Vessel letterpressed bookart. I will treasure the ones that I bought. It is so professional and deserves to be put up on the blog, on a page of its own, all 6 poem sheets and cover, with the brilliant photos of the two pages set in the letterpress. The miniature concertina card of the 6 poems is a delight, it is an art form in its own right. Because it is so small, you see the patterns of the large letters, their layout and shape on a background of smaller type. It is a wonder in its own right and deserves to be exhibited. I have it on my desk and glance over and pick up on a different word and recite ‘A Ring A Ding’….
I enjoyed meeting David, he is a Master at this letterpress and design and he emits a quiet strength in closing down on a design, while you are a soaring opener-upper, a brilliant duo. I used to form creative teams that had to contain both types of people, for things to be created from nothing, and then to be advanced developed and built for a spiral iteration.
Your bookart of the original poems is also a real treasure.
What will the poetry library exhibit of your stuff? It could have a corner of their library with all of it displayed and your poems recited in a looped video clip displayed on a monitor, with your posters of the letterpress as well. And as I suggested to David, it would be so interesting and an art work in itself to have a short video clip of David setting up the press with one of the pages and him whirling with his tweezers, to show how the craft is performed.
Well done both of you, you have made a real success, through a work of art, created from nothing, by applying some rigorous research, creative leaps and connections, applying and developing techniques in design and build, promoting and exhibiting and also through all of this you have spiralled together to a higher level for the next iteration.
Wow! I am clapping, what a performance I have seen. Bravo!
Early yesterday morning, before I set off to see your work I snapped the rising sun and plane vapours in the sky and river and knew it was a beautiful day and it was.”
And In the End Nobody’s Perfec!
I’d like to thank the folks below who found some typos that slipped our tiny-tweezer-hands which is slightly reminiscent of being told off by the teachrer, oops there I goes again (but what wonderful teachers). We spent hours perusing, checking, correcting and all too. Should we do a reprint then DJ will sort that out, however we know we’ll miss others next time too, that’s life, or is it typesetting & checking out typos? Maybe we should not have put one in as a deliberate mistake in the tradition of the Turkish rug maker?
Gita Wolf pointed one out
Ian Kirkpatrick pointed one out
Burkard Quessel pointed one out, we’ll let youse all find them yourselves.
BUT we’ll continue blazing the trail. Hey, I see a new Squidgerat in there!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StLU_q32TVs Hope by Emile