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I am an artist living and working in the West of Ireland. I make drawings,clothes,ZINES and artists books,short films and beloved objects. I have a stall at the Saturday Galway Market (from early february approx through till the last saturday before christmas) ...... if you would like to contact me further please email queenjaneosullivan (at)gmail(dot)com Thanks for visiting !

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

" An artist's book has to have some conviction, some soul, some reason to be and to be a book in order to suceed."

pen and quink on back of large envelope

marker and pencil on fabriano paper (all book is on fabriano)

The title to this post is a quote from a fantastic book I am reading at the moment titled The Century of Artists' Books by Johanna Drucker Granary Books New York City 2004.
I am making an artists book for a submission and her book is really like having a super clued in artist \teacher standing by you. Anyhow it is a struggle to be aware of the assumptions one can easily make when making a book. I am going with the advice of creating a vision not a product and I swear that William and Catherine Blake are coming over tommorow to swop tips with me , no lie.
For my starting point I have chosen an old friend namely a book I have previously used in my work for inspiration. The book is Fairyland Lane:a nature story , it was written by Margaret Cameron in 1930 and used as a junior school textbook.
Her writing is extremly visual if a little eccentric.It is packed with imagery and perfect for disecting, so well written that an isolated sentence stands on its own.
For the submission I am collaborating with a friend and we randomly picked eleven snatches of text ,sometimes a whole sentence, or maybe a half .
For example: on her side were some little boxes filled with yellow dust, while in the middle was a pretty little jar filled with green balls....
The lady carried her house on her back..
we are going to look after you..
I am making no plans until I have all the pages done and then I,ll see which direction the "book" points to. Its all a bit up in the air but I have included a few images of what I am making , it keeps changing , it would want to says I !!

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