I am running two bookbinding workshops before my Fold-Out Pop-Up Shop opens on Saturday 10th (Children 11 years old and above) and Sunday 11th November (Grown Ups), from 10:00am to 11:30pm. Both workshops take place at the Ruby Violet event space, in Tufnell Park, North London NW5 2HL.
Spaces are limited and booking is essential, which can be done here.
November 9th, 10th and 11th I shall be having a Fold-Out Pop-Up shop in Tufnell Park North London.
I hope you can pop in and say hello!
I am exhibiting and selling my artist’s books at this autumn’s Ink, Paper + Print fair in Eastbourne on 13th and 14th October. There’s an impressive array of talent that will be exhibiting with me and some great talks happening over the weekend, so do come along and say hello.
I'm running one of my Mapping Your World workshops on Saturday 16th September 2018 in Deptford... details are below.
Visual artist Chrissie Nicholls- Inkpotandpen will be leading a walking workshop encouraging people to look-up, take notice and appreciate the detail in the neighbourhood as she leads people through the streets of Deptford taking in the sites on her ‘Mapping Deptford’ walking tour on Sunday 16th September 1-6pm.
You don’t need to be be able to draw, you only need to be curious! Each person will make a unique-to-you Turkish-fold map book.Limited spaces available, to secure your place book here: https://obby.co.uk/…/mapping-deptford-walking-tour-and-work…
Adults (16+) £15 (including materials/book).
This workshop is part of the programme put on by South East Makers Club, a celebration of South East London’s creative talent. Held during the first weekend of London Design Festival, this year's South East Makers Club will take place on 14 —16 September 2018 at Deptford Market Yard. More info here: https://www.southeastmakersclub.co.uk/semc-2018
I have five of my prints and a Version 2 of my Tufnell Park map, along with 20+ other artists who are local to Tufnell Park, at the Bronwen Whitaker Summer Show on Wednesday 5th September 2018 7 to 10pm.
Bronwen Whitaker Picture Framers are teaming up with restaurant and bar Korova with a 20% discount on their ‘A Le Carte’ menu and a selection of delicious cocktails.
This is the time of year when the Inkpot & Pen Press gets particularly busy, creating new books, going to book fairs and pop ups.
I shall be exhibiting at the Anna Lovell Jewellery Pop Up Shop in Shoreditch on 8th, 9th and 10th June. Along with Anna I'll be with Lagar de Senora organic olive oil and wines and Hackney Honey. I can vouch for both of these products having tried them many times! We'll also be selling ceramics and cards, but the thing that draws most people in is that we'll have twiglets!
This weekend I was at the wonderful Turn the Page Artists Book Fair in the Forum in Norwich. It's such a friendly fair and I always meet such interesting visitors and book artists. My map of Norwich went down very well, so I'll be fulfilling the orders for this during the week. Soon the Tittle Tattle of Tufnell Park and Noodling in Norwich maps will be on the site for you all to see.
Dates for next year's Turn the Page 2019 are May 17th and 18th, put it in your diary now!
I shall be delivering a talk for the NLLA (North London Lettering Association) on 17th April 2018.
The talk called ‘Earth on my Hands and Ink on my Fingers’ and will be about my journey.
It will cover the early stages of my life and career to becoming a full time creative. The moment of breaking away from the security of a regular paid income and the highs and lows, mistakes and successes, that have led me to where I am now, with particular attention to lettering and the Inkpot & Pen Press.
If you would like to come along to this talk, it’s only £4 entry to non members.
It will be held at The Cufos Centre, Top of The Avenue, London N10 2QE, with doors opening at 7:30pm. There’s more information at www.northlondonlettering.co.uk/programme-2018/
Demonstrating a Living Journal.
I was recently asked to provide a demonstration for the Society of Bookbinders Book Arts Day 2018. The starting point was what to demonstrate. I work in a number of disciplines, both in my commercial work and my own work, but my book arts were obviously more relevant here.
So what to do? The audience were likely to be interested and have a knowledge of both bookbinding and book arts, so it couldn’t be anything too simple. (Not usually an accusation thrown at me though!) Most of the Inkpot & Pen Press books are simply bound, Japanese stab binding being one of my favourite methods along with a concertina format, both of these were likely to be well known to the audience so I need to make this more interesting, more personal, more engaging, but still relevant to the event…
And then I hit on the idea of a ‘living’ or ‘live’ journal.
My sketchbooks are a mess of ideas and drawings, lists and notes, but my holiday sketchbooks are usually an A5 concertina format, (Seawhites concertina sketchbooks with their lovely protective box are my favourites,) and tell a story. Walking from one end of the holiday through my experiences to the other end. Sometimes they are just visual, other times they are full of writing, sometimes personal, about the distinct lack of chocolate or how Mr Inkpot has yet again fallen asleep in front of the fire while doing his crossword… It’s a journey from the beginning to the end of the holiday.
The Book Arts Day was held in the Congregational Church, Kelly Street in Kentish Town, so the location and surrounding area is one I knew well, the idea started to form that I would make a journal on the day throughout the event, documenting what the day meant to me.
Some preparation work and pages were worked on beforehand. The map to venue for example, the drawing of the venue’s exterior (see below), which as it turned out was the rear of the building, but was more interesting anyway!
Some pages were partly done, set up so that they could be added to on the day, for example my timetable for the day and the page for overheard conversations.
Then some pages were left to be created almost from scratch, the pages were precut to size and drilled for binding and some pockets were pre made. Like the venue’s interior drawing and the ‘Layers of Sound’ pages.
I wanted to create a unique very personal response to the day, but there also had to be something for my audience to participate in, so that they joined me and became part of the book.
There are more examples of the different pages below along with details of the paper and binding techniques used.
I hope you enjoy walking through the book, doing this demonstration and making the book was a great experience for me.
I met so many lovely people on the day from individuals to two of my hero bookshops which I absolutely must tell you about.
Tanya Peixoto runs Book Arts Bookshop Hoxton, East London. A small space packed with interesting and exciting artist books, it’s also a place for discussions and events, so well worth a visit. The opening hours are quite specific so check the Contact & Location page on their website.
Along with the Tanya, the lovely Cate and Nash from the wonderful Much Ado Books in Alfriston visited. If you don’t know about Much Ado Books, you really, really should! It’s based in a beautiful part of East Sussex, just down from the South Downs Way if you fancy combining a trip to the bookshop with a walk, (views of the countryside and sea from the top of the Downs, so what’s not to love?!) in the pretty village of Alfriston (pronounced All-friston, not Al-friston as I said for years!)
This is a bookshop with a difference, they sell new and old books, alongside their own Re-covered Notebooks, it’s a haven for book lovers with comfortable chairs and it’s the first bookshop that I went into that had spare reading glasses if you’d forgotten your own. It’s a bookshop for the visitor, everything about it is set up for you to enjoy your experience. They have Propero’s Projects which are their social enterprise projects and they have an envious staircase that every bookie person will want to take away!
I hope you enjoy looking at the video and pages, if you have any questions about the book please drop me a line and I’ll try to answer. I’m currently in discussion regarding running some journal workshops later in the year, so if you’re interested nip over to the Contact & Signup page and subscribe to the mailing list as this is where things will be announced.
I am taking part in the Fabrica fundraising Draw-a-thon on 24th February 2018 and am asking if you would like to support me by donating to my JustGiving page here.
Fabrica opened its doors in March 1996 in the deconsecrated Holy Trinity Church sited at 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG.
It commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building. A place where artists come to make work, Fabrica supports and encourages artists to be adventurous and test boundaries. Open dialogue between artists and visitors is encouraged and the gallery provides an integrated programme of education and audience development activity. This strives to remove barriers to access, engagement and understanding.
Fabrica works with many vulnerable and isolated people in Brighton and thousands of people are able to see the most up to date contemporary art, because entry is free.
You can read more about the core six strands that define Fabrica here.
On Saturday 24th February 2018, Fabrica will be hosting a Draw-a-thon and Writing Relay.
You can come and watch this non-stop stream of drawings unfurl throughout the day and read new stories as they emerge on screen. The event starts at 11am and ends at 4pm.
“Individual artists or artist teams will draw for five hours non-stop.
Writers will to do sprints of 30 minutes in a relay.”
I will be drawing for five hours and like all the artists participating, I’ll be using graphite and graphite pencils only, drawing on cartridge paper.
There will also be a a public drawing wall, background music and refreshments for sale and CAKES! So come and say hello and join in too if you’d like to.
I studied at Brighton Polytechnic 1984 to 1987 and continued to live in Sussex for a number of years after my degree (in Fine Art/Printmaking). During this time I had a studio at Red Herring studios.
I met and made friends with many wonderful artists and craftspeople at Red Herring and through those people met many more.One of the artists all those years ago was Matthew Miller. Matthew became a good friend and we lived in a shared house (five of us in total with a constant streams of friends visiting and staying) where every Saturday ‘Summer in the City’ would go on the turntable which meant it was time to get up and clean. Strange the memories that stay with us.
Matthew was the friend I sat next to on a bean bag during a party and just quietly watched the world going on around us, without needing to speak.
But Matthew was big and noisy in his own way. He was one of the founding members of Fabrica along with other artists from Red Herring and he was a co-director along with Liz Whitehead.
A fabulously original artist, he was in his unique way a “visionary leader, a meticulous project manager and a man who was totally dedicated to his task.” (Fabrica website)
To me, Matthew was a dear cherished friend. Quietly present in my life although not always physically present. He inspired me every time we met, he encouraged me to think widely about my creative interests and all while I didn’t realise what was going on, until, in 2011, he suddenly died.
Seven years on I still mourn the loss of this dear talented friend and am proud to be able to take part in an event that supports a cause that was so much part of Matthew.
You can read about Matthew and his talents in his Guardian obituary.
Through the years I’ve visited Fabrica many times, been able to immerse myself in art that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see and experience. I feel this gallery is a really important part of the current art scene, it supports so many people in so many ways. I feel a need to, and feel privileged to be asked to be part of this team of people helping to, keep Fabrica open.
The Draw-a-thon for me is a way to support this wonderful gallery, a way to remember my dear friend, and a way to let people who may not have heard of the gallery, know about Fabrica.
If you would like to support me by donating please visit my JustGiving page here.
and if you’d like to come along and support us on the day:
Saturday 24th February 2018
11am to 4pm
40 Duke Street
Following our success at Turn the Page artists’ book fair in Norwich back in May, (where we won the book fair prize), Harrington & Squires and Inkpot & Pen Press have decided to put on our own artists' bookfair in Tufnell Park, London called The Corridor Pop-Up Book Squeeze. Along with Mike Nicholson of Ensixteen Editions and Mette Ambeck of Ambeck Design we’ll be opening the doors of Harrington & Squires from Thursday 5th October to Sunday 8th October 2017.
We’ll all have work on show, and for sale, with some of these being exciting collaborative projects we’ve worked on, including Inkpot & Pen Press's latest book, 'Holly'.
I hope you’ll be able to come along and look forward to seeing you.
If you're in Norwich this Friday or Saturday; 25th and 26th May, do come and say hello.
We will be at the Forum in Norwich.
If you can't make it to Norwich but are in London, I'm showing and selling my books at the Anna Lovell Summer Sale again from Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June. I shall be at the Sale on Sunday and there are more details on the image below.
Anna and I go back to foundations days together, she then went off to study jewellery at Middlesex and I went to off to the seaside at Brighton to study printmaking.
Along with Anna's jewellery and my books there will be textiles, ceramics, olive oil and hone, but we all know you just come along for the Sangria and Twiglets!
I look forward to seeing you in Norwich or London if you can make it.
So, this is the first ink blot blog and it's a news splash too!
And here I am, a new name for the business: Inkpot & Pen, which ties in nicely with @inkpotandpen which is my instagram and twitter handle.
And with a new name comes new business cards and a new website…
It’s been built by yours truly, with a lot of help on the foundations, and some scaffolding along the way, by my lovely friend Lisa. No doubt I’ll have forgotten a couple of screws here and there so it may take me a while to get over the teething troubles but we’re here.
I have lots of plans, this blog page and a monthly newsletter. They’ll have different information on so if you’d like to sign up to the newsletter straight into your in box, once a month or slightly less often, then nip over the the contact & signup page now before you forget.
For those of you that have joined me on the migration from Winter Wrote a Letter, hello again, you’ll find some new and some familiar pieces dotted around the site.
I really hope you enjoy the new website, let me know, over on that contact & signup page I mentioned earlier.
Why not make a brew, sit down and come for a wander around the site.
See you soon.