Printing at the Firestation Print Studio the other day, the first stage of a series of bookmarks.
I've made bookmarks before, from leftovers of my phase boxes, but these are being made for a project that I first heard about through Mavina Baker's blog.
The project is called Infiltrating the Library System and was begun by Sarah Bodman of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England in 2004. Each participating artist makes an edition 100 bookmarks, they are exhibited around the world, as well as being available for the public to take. Each artist will receive a full set, and one set will also be archived by each venue, including the CFPR in Bristol.
This is the first stage of my bookmark. I'm re-using one of the lino blocks from a new large print, and using the leftover orange ink from my Seed of Doubt series. They are printed on Hosho Hik paper and I'll laminate them, as I do my phase box prints, onto Somerset etching paper 300gsm.
And before I cleaned up for the day, I tried one on Awagami Tengucho paper (9gsm), an experiment for another print I have in mind. Beautifully diaphanous and ethereal...
In other news: the 4th Sheffield Artist Book Prize catalogue is now on line. Here are my books; Shyness and Grosvenor Reserve, my collaborative book from Art Town. But have a look through the catalogue, it's a very inspirational document.
image: the block and print, the beginnings of my bookmark the fabric of life