Tuesday, October 21, 2014


There is nothing I like better than a good old artist's book or zine.  Portable art.  Some books and zines that have crossed my path have been so good they make me want to cry or gnash my teeth in a combination of jealousy and admiration (jealiration?!).  The 2nd Limerick International Publishers Salon had just such creations.  I made a couple of little zines of my own - my very first.  They were photocopied at Kilmacthomas Library which is a lovely little place near me, open 3 days a week and but a couple of doors down from 2 charity shops.  This is what is known as a win-win situation.

Here are some images from LIPS 2 (which I coordinated by the way) and some of my zines too.

Laura Little/Pink Parrot Press

Frank Rafter

Emily Robards

Laura Little/Pink Parrot Press

Jane O'Sullivan

Impact Press/Sarah Bodman

Chisato Tamabayashi

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Roller Love

Bought in Tilburg and loved ever since.

20:20 Hot Bed Press Box Set

I don't even know why I'm posting this because I made a complete mess of the documentation for this print.  Anyway, for the sake of completeness, here it is.

Every year I try to take part in the 20:20 box set run by Hotbed Press in Salford, near Manchester.  It is the only time in the year I ever make an edition so I try to use a technique that I haven't used before just to make life more interesting.  You make an edition of 25 and send them off and in return to get back a box set of 20 prints, 19 plus your own.  This is the most exciting part for me as the printers taking part are from hundreds of print studios around Ireland and the UK and I love opening the box to see what I have.

My last two prints have been figurative and to be honest I would have liked to do this again but I was without a press and decided to do something abstract that could be easily reproduced.

I meant to photograph each step and started off promisingly but then I got caught up in making zines for the Limerick International Publishers Salon and caught up in experimenting with print processes and so I forgot to photograph the latter stages and the finished print which makes me a nob end but there you go.

So when I get my box set I will put up the finished print which ended up by incorporating some sewing as well but below are a few steps in between.