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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
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Artists Book – I am Water

Have just finished my Artists Book about water entitled – I am Water.

It is quite gentle but I am aware of the importance of pure water to sustain our life and that of all living things. So I try to make a statement that encourages you to think of this concern in a quiet way.

We face difficult decisions about water and, as someone predicted, the next wars will be fought over water. I hope this does not happen as we all need water – every continent and person, every tree and food crop.

I tried to give it an Austalian flavour by showing our cliffs with water, that comes from the sea, raining and soaking down to feed the artesian waters. They are very important and need to stay pure in order to be a source of water for our dry continent.

I found poems that speak of water and its importance to us. They form part of the book – all hand written to keep the book looking very hand made.

The structure is a concertina with a fixed spine area. It is affectionately called a ‘Lamella’ binding after the lovely Italian lady that demonstrated it several years ago. I just love the way the pages open flat and the spine forms that interesting shape and pattern as it opens.

The watercolours are on watercolour paper of course and the covers Kangaroo leather patterned and painted.

Hope you enjoy these images and my thoughts.

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Sydney Bookbinding
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