We* submitted this book to the Frankenstein exhibition in Liverpool Central Library (200 years since the publication of Frankenstein) – the lovely Simon Ryder organises an exhibition to go with the Liverpool Artist’s Book Fair every other year (two years ago Clare and I submitted a book to the Shakespeare exhibition).

It was fascinating reading Frankenstein – and realising that I didn’t really know much about the book. This book/sculpture was inspired by the debate between William Lawrence’s materialism and John Abernathy’s spiritualised vitalism, which Mary Shelley would have been familiar with, and the ideas of the time about electricity, mechanisms and life. The ‘book’ is in the form of a modular origami heart (made from two copies of Frankenstein) with origami elements, electric wire and little cogs flying out from it, tumbles of electrical wire in the heart and the whole mounted on printed circuit boards and an old electrical connecting panel.

Simon displayed in in pride of place in the exhibition and it looked great.

*Rock – Tree – Landscape (Clare and I). I do the making but we bounce about ideas together for the designs of our books.

Visitor numbers were down this year, no doubt due to the snow from Siberia that hit Leeds a few days before, but we still had a good fair with most exhibitors getting through and putting on a great show.

Just gathering photos of the stall but here’s one of Becky (Leeds Creative Timebank) and Clare staffing the stall, taken by Ben Anson –

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We’ve been having fun with slate (recycled Welsh roof slates) and labyrinths, Haiku and poems – and splashing about some lovely Pantone inks I got from the great Scrap store in Farsley. (All about labyrinths)

Cleaved, drilled, overlapped,

 enclosing warmth, facing storms.

 Wiped clean; a new day.


Clare and I (Rock – Tree -Landscape) submitted 100 bookmarks to Bookmarks XV, the final year of this lovely project.

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– see our Rock – Tree – Landscape website for more details – rocktreelandscape.wordpress.com


The Tempest

Made for the exhibition at Liverpool Artist’s Book Fair in June 2016, commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death – The Tempest: We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On. Again collaborating with Clare and using the copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare which my brother Andy left me when he went off to become a beatnik in 1966 I inserted etched acrylic sheets in the ‘island’ of the book and surrounded it with waves cut from graphic novel versions of The Tempest. The wonderful Symon Ryder negotiated for part of the exhibition, including our book, to travel to Sarno in Italy, where it’s currently on display (and enjoying its travels very much…)



A Lawyer, an Engineer and Two Artists

Another succesful installation in David’s house, this time on the theme of Autobiography. It was fascinating working together, sharing feedback on our indiviudal pieces and working together on two collaborative pieces – hard work but enormous fun.

Again photos by Maria Spadafora, through Leeds Creative Timebank.

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Again Clare and I had a Rock-Tree-Landscape stall at the Leeds Artist’s Book Fair and had a very successful weekend.

A different direction this year for our ‘books’ – painted sappling roots wired onto pieces of bark ….. Not what yer average punter might want on their bookshelf but caught people’s attaention and we had lots of very interesting conversations.

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