…coming in a minute.

I have some more pictures from the Libris Awards.IMG_3774

  “Obsolete” by Gail Stiffe

Handmade papers, looking like crumpled and discarded wrappers with digital prints; a statement about profligacy. Approximately A4 , landscape orientation.



“Punctuation and Full Stops”   Lesley Kane.  These books are all approximately 4 or 5cms high.



Well, yesterday I asked for someone with gloves to turn some pages for me. The request had to be referred to  a higher authority, but, after waiting (Papal consultation ,perhaps?), a staffer appeared with gloves. And most of my photos were of quivering white-clad fingers and shadows!

Now, about those horses. And jockeys. Here’s what you need to do…

Place your horses back- to- back, one head facing left, the other, right. Now position the jockeys image.

Like this…IMG_3627

And what is this all about? Apparently, an exercise (for management types) in problem-solving.

Time to don my chef’s hat…



I suppose, since they are on public display, I can show photos of any of the work. But it feels a little rude without telling authors what I want to do.

So, with kind permission of several friends and colleagues, and links to their sites …here are more books. Clicking should give you a larger view. I’ve also given my “guesstimates” on size as it’s not always easy to tell from a photo, a fact noted by the judge, Helen Cole.*


“Shyness” by Elizabeth Banfield. I’ve been almost mesmerised by Elizabeth’s delicately cut lino for  quite a while now. This book is approximately A6 (maybe a little bigger) in size.


A beautiful book, if a sad subject. Helen Malone has produced this  as her depiction of the devastating Brisbane flood in 2011.Her own photographs, in sepia tones, echo the mud that covered acres and acres of land and the book, displayed as intended, swirls like the river it records.


“Peace Mends the World” by Fiona Dempster. A “patchwork” of metal and Perspex. These are pieces of  reclaimed copper sheeting, stitched (!) together with copper wire;the “pages” are fastened with copper rivets.  A little bigger than A5.


“Carpe Diem” by Rhonda  Ayliffe. A clever look at today’s hi-tech world. This book requires an app to read (I don’t have such a device). I believe Ronnie explains a little of the construction on her blog. And you can see a related piece by Ronnie as part of the current round of BookArtObject exchange here


“A Burning Question” by  Sara Bowen. Sara is the artist who initiated the BookArtObject exchange group and this is one of her titles  in the current round. Intricate paper cutting and pop-ups, this is presented in a “match box”, with a spent match attached.Quite scary, especially after such a summer of fires! Another small book, approximately A6 or slightly bigger. As the match box is not displayed, here is a link to Sara’s own picture and her  blog


Speaks for itself, really! Well, anyone who used an earlier  pc will know. As I wander around the web looking at artists’ books, I am struck by the great humour shown by so many. In this presentation Caren Florance addresses the thorny issue of display,something that drives gallerists and curators bonkers – how should we place this !**$# item so that everyone can see/read it?Just click the image and all is explained, right down to the type setting.

This has been quite a long post! I might show you some more books next week. I am lucky to be living  in the same town as I can take my time, absorb more, exchange views with other visitors. And share it  here. 🙂

Oh! yes…the horse and jockey things. Hmm…perhaps I’ll tease you  give you another day to work it out.

* Thanks to Helen Malone for these links, giving a judge’s perspective.

updated to add Artspace ‘s photos link


The only thing I will tell you is that the paper should not be folded (someone tried to make his jockey fit by folding…)

Here is a photo of 3 pieces of card, printed with horse and jockey images.

IMG_3628Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to print and cut out the 3 rectangles. That’s 2 horses ( with strange caved-in tummies!) and one strip of card with 2 jockeys. Don’t cut out the images! Yes, I chopped the corners, but it doesn’t matter.

Now, make the jockeys ride. (Should be a piece of cake for Linda and Daisy Fae and Andrea!)

I’m pleased to say I’ve finished my books! It’s a bit like the last day of exams, not that I’ve had one of those for a while!

So now I can get on with other things.Perhaps clean the windows? Sort out the tattier bits of the garden? Prune a few shrubs before they re-classify themselves as trees? Pack my bag?

Here are some pretty pictures from the Libris Awards 2013 show. Yes, more artists’ books. This is the winner, “Wave Form.” Paper, printed from a woodblock, presented in a hinged box.

Wave Form

Wave Form


Back of the box

Back of the box




I’ll ask some of my friends if they mind my putting their work on the blog.Probably not, but I try to be polite!