Why Bookarts? Bookart is something that defies easy definition and it is this, in the first instance, which appeals so much to me as an artistic practice. It is one that challenges the popular concept of the 'book'. As a consequence the creative processes involved become richly diverse, allowing me to unite conventional approaches to my work with an almost endless versatility, in terms of form, subject matter, and content.
What materials do you like to use? Much of my work keeps to the time-honoured tradition of making books out of paper. It is this that allows me to explore the great variety of printmaking processes available. Traditional mediums these may be, yet it is the rather less conventional outcome that they may lead to which is one of the great pleasures of bookart. I do however enjoy exploring the use of other materials. The idea of using matchsticks for one project typified the playfulness of the creative process that I find so engaging. I have also used clay in my bookart, with the creation of a memory pot allowing me to challenge the boundaries of what a 'book' can be.
What inspires you? Traditional practices of making and creating. The boundless distractions of the natural world. The challenges of book structure, how they provide a sequence of spaces each able to capture moments and thoughts.