Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mood Indigo

I have started a small run of journals, 
one of a kind, 
under the Indigo umbrella.

I had a dream I was lying in a bathtub full of Indigo. 

It's a wonderful process as resurrects memories of my photographic darkroom days, again, when I had a frenzied bout of working with cyanotypes. I always loved that part of photography the most, aside from pressing the shutter and capturing a moment in time, that I had chosen to frame - the printing part was an adventure I would completely lose myself in. 

I felt like a scientist, with all the little bottles of things 
(likely lethal chemicals though...) 
that created marvelous depictions of things I had seen.

How is this even possible? 
I would ask myself, 
as each image was born in the darkroom.

I have mentioned before in many ways, book binding and arts brings this back into my life. The need to work with my hands, with tangible objects. Photography as I know it, seems to be lost in the mist of a need for instantaneous images - no time to wait. 

It seems almost ironic, that this is how photography started, as instantaneous imagery, that folks marveled at in the late 1800s. But the long lost art of printing and processing is where my heart always found its place. In the future I dream of a place I can run a darkroom as well as book arts studio, and combine the two.  

For now, 
I ferry myself between a tiny house in the bush, 
and my atelier which is 30 minutes away - 
and feel grateful for what I have.

Friday, November 18, 2016


These Storyteller journals I have been making have been popular, so I have now got two in the store at one time. Although each one is unique, and the leather is a mix of patches in my recycled stash. They can take up to a week to create, but the finished pieces always please me - and their new owners.

This one features antique French mangle cloth.

I added alot of embossed patterns here...
The leather has a worn, old appearance.
Thick aged pages...
This is my favourite decorative paper, I hand aged it.

I love that this book is so dark and old looking.
Opening it, makes me want to write or create.
This decorative paper is a delight.
Thick, old pages - individually stained & pressed.
The two toned leather shows here, I love the mix.
  Meanwhile, I have been planning for a couple of Christmas craft markets, and working on some custom orders. Here is a sneak peak, of the most giant book I have ever created. It's far from complete, but we are on our way. It weighs over 5 kilos.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Beautiful Karekare Beach on my run yesterday morning.

Running along the shoreline with the sunrise... bliss.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Majik Quadruplets

These little ones happened early this evening. 

 you have all the ingredients, 
and suddenly,
 it all just fits.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Late October Days

Spring is in full swing -

the heater is no longer needed in the atelier,
and instead, 
I can venture outside,
to turn my face to the warming sun.

My work is taking a small turn,
albeit an unplanned one -
and I find myself able to writher out of an old skin,
with ease.

A skin - that I thought was fine,
until suddenly it felt like something needed
to be shed.

So on it goes.

Where it will take me? I'm not sure yet.
But I am in for the long haul.

New in the shop:
little things, 
                                  and bigger things.


a half-hour drive out west,
I have a new project in full swing.


October 5

October 12

These pots were from early October,
and I have come out with my 
little scissors and snipped at them,
so have a new batch growing already.

It always amazes me how fast these grow.

I tried this 2 years ago with success,
but didn't have the right juicer.

Fixed that,
and I must say this liquid oxygenated chlorophyll
is a little miracle.


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