I have noticed my pace has picked up and I am getting back into the studio on a regular basis in between arrival and departures of guests in the old post house...yes even in the midst of our blizzards I have had guests from Japan and the UK...they certainly have experienced the real Iceland.
In the studio I have finally started serious work on my BAO project not sure that I will get the full edition completed before the end of the year but hopefully it will be very close to that. In between I have made a few books to try and improve my skills and I do get better each time.
I have been experimenting with covers made by printing collograph plates
on some thick printmaking paper strips that I have left over from a roll that I used for large prints I created in the past.
I knew I would use them one day...I have kept them for years, the paper is Arches Lavis Fidelis.
The book is interspersed with postal images
of envelopes, postage stamps and various postal imprints
The cover is in soft Icelandic lamb leather
with a small historical image of the post office from the early 60's inlaid on the cover.
The guest book is filling up nicely with lovely messages from the many travelers that pass through the doors of Gamla Pósthúsið.
Another recent book was a gift for Sigga, a lovely friend who has helped me immeasurably over the last 3 years. This little book was for her 50th birthday and a memento of the night as all the party guests inscribed words of wisdom and good wishes for her birthday.
It once again is a collograph print on the left over Lavis Fidelis paper.
I waxed it to provide a little protection and to give a soft sheen.
detail of the surface
It has not been all bookbinding, my favourite all time printing method is monoprinting, mainly because it is a lovely form of drawing, fairly immediate and cannot be repeated....I am not a good printmaker...hate editioning....get bored....once I have a successful print I want to move onto a different one....even with etchings I was only interested in pulling one successful print. My plates are all under used.
Recently I have been creating a series of postcard sized images, it has taken me a while to find a size that feels right. In the past it used to be very large 1.2 to 2 metre long prints, however I no longer have access to such a large press and finally have found the very other end of the scale just as rewarding.
I have trouble photographing my prints can never seem to get the right shade of black...need to work on this.
These all should be blue/black.