Part Four of my retrospective is about taking my project from a Melbourne warehouse in the back blocks of West Footscray to a new studio at the top of the Great Dividing Range where I tackled completely new and novel problems. Things like being ‘out of sorts’ and printing in the snow.
Part Three is about the torture and delight I went through as an amateur printer in May through to August of 2017. It’s about fighting my way through an abyss of ignorance, technical difficulties, fear and fatigue and as I laboured to print page numbers one through to twelve.
Part One of my five year retrospective is about the motivation behind my project and my initiation to the printing world—one of ‘utter dismay’. It’s also about how, three weeks into my project, I suddenly went ‘down the rabbit hole’.
I've finally leapt into the first stages of binding my books. Having cut and folded and glued my way through the challenges and the fun of building up skills, I’ve now chosen a book design that’s strong, pleasing to the hand and eye, and made from materials that will last. 2021 has been all about bringing together fifteen years of work.
Yes, I’m still at it: folding press sheets, sewing pages together and testing materials—inching my way towards a finished book. I’ve come to realise that creating an edition completely by hand isn’t just about bringing together thousands of materials in a very particular way. As if that's not enough, I’ve found that even before you begin you must undertake an elaborate science experiment: testing the pH levels of paper to see whether each will last for the long haul; putting materials...