Why Bookarts? Books are versatile and can be interpreted in many ways. I have always loved books as they offer an intimate experience. They take you on journey of discovery. Whether sculptural objects or used in traditional formats, each turning of a page reveals something new. They are tactile and interactive, big or small - they offer a world of endless destinations and possibilities!.
What materials do you like to use? Paper is usually the main component in my work. I enjoy drawing, and mark making.. Working on wet papers with inks allows a spontaneity and freedom which I refine and develop into 'one of a kind' artist books. Occasionally I incorporate natural objects into the work.
What inspires you? My starting point is always the natural world. I spent many years drawing form life which sharpened observational skills and encouraged me to look at the world around me. I take great pleasure from the grand landscapes of sea, and mountain through to the smallest textures of lichen on a rock, or a barnacle on a shell. I have a particular interest in the Arctic environment and ocean life which is a theme I often return to. Environmental issues and how we are impacting on natural world is an important aspect of the work. Aside from visual stimulation, I also enjoy reading books on a variety of topics - natural history, environmental issues, and poetry.