August 16, 2012 § 4 Comments
Some of this summer has been spent in Cornwall; teaching, festivalling (Port Eliot), reading, catching up on correspondence, making lists and working on a book proposal. Oh and a long slow week’s holiday on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly. Bliss.
The best bit? Time out from the internet. No wifi, no signal. Unplugged for the first time in months.
I met Sue, c.1996 at North Farm Gallery on St Martin’s, when I wandered in and mentioned out-of-season bookbinding workshops. We share a love of islands, cava, maps and BOOKS.
Swallows nest there, for goodness sake (with bubble wrap and bamboo shit protectors erected by Norman) and chirrup on the rafters. Snails leave silvery trails over artwork and have a penchant for ink. Shelves sway with boxes bursting with labels, envelopes, ripped edges. Books tustle and lean together, stacked and piled.
A wooden chest is filled with rubber stamps and ink pads in each compartment. Somehow other people’s studios are always more appealing than one’s own. I got to play too, and talk through ideas. There are few places to be happier.
Sue is well-known and revered for her watercolour painting, capturing light and energy. People collect her books, calendars and framed works. Last week she started on three large pieces based on Admiralty charts of the Isles of Scilly. I was lucky to watch the process:
Once framed, the work will travel to St Martin’s by ship and boat, to join the current exhibition at North Farm Gallery.