The work from ‘A Mile Apart’, was recently on show in Belfast at the historic Linen Hall Library, as part of the ‘Migration, Memory and Mimesis’, exhibition.
In the lead up to this exhibition the limitations of the space made me consider how someone could interact with the text that accompanied the images. I didn’t want a text placed beside or below the framed work. The catalogue links the work well but not everyone wants to buy one. So I spent most of my summer holiday making and sewing house books, drawing on the imagery to link to a 3D version of the photograph and include the text on the gable wall ends of the houses. There were 10 of these to accompany the 10 framed pieces.
Tutorial for a Flexagon, as usual once you do it the instructions make perfect sense 😉
This is an interactive ‘booklet’, which folds open to reveal another set of images and keeps turning to align correctly.
A step by step guide to making a very simple but effective mini book or amazing greeting card.
Mini book instructions
I’ve combined the various aspects of writing and the series of images into one book and published it thorough Blurb. Its available to view at no cost and feedback is welcomed so please have a look!
Some notes on using Blurb, I started on Bookify which is purely online and it was ok but a little slow at times. The main issue though was when it converted the book to pdf and chopped text off the edges, this is something Blurb are aware of which is annoying. So I then downloaded Bookwright which is a little more comprehensive and allows you to edit on your desktop as opposed to uploading and working online.
Other options include using Adobe InDesign and Lightroom, so plenty of choice in how you can put the book together, once you register look out for their promotions via email which can be up to 40% off so worth preparing a book in readiness!
Three books linked to recent work on memory, Northern Ireland and the writing of Gaston Bachelard and there is a link..
The first is ‘A Mile Apart’ based onto series of images currently on show in the Vallum Gallery in Carlisle – opening 13th July 2017.
This work links a series of house moves in Belfast and chronicles some key events during ‘The Troubles’ in Belfast, see my previous post for more detail on this.
Next up two very small hand-made books related to memory, space and location.
the little book of big stories
is handmade, hardback and stitched book measuring 74 x 58mm
Portavogie after Bachelard
handmade, hardback and stitched pages measures 73 x 51mm
is a project mapping a series of house moves growing up in east Belfast, from birth to leaving Belfast to work in England, we moved house 10 times. Each move was just 1 mile or under to the next house.
Each house has its own memories and parallel reality of Belfast during ‘The Troubles’.
1962 – 1967 Northern Ireland, The Great Freeze. N.I Council for Civil Liberties set up. ******** St, Belfast. We watch a thunderstorm out the window. My dad returns home, we all freeze, its my first memory of fear.
1967 – 1969 Northern Ireland. Riots follow civil liberties march in Derry. British army deployed. ***** Park, Belfast. Rows at home, increasing domestic violence.
1969 – 1976 Northern Ireland UVF bomb the Rose and Crown bar on the Ormeau Road. Bloody Sunday, Derry. Sunningdale Agreement. **** Drive, Belfast. We move again quickly but not far. Frequent rows, violence within the home. I stop believing in Jesus.
1976 – 1978 Northern Ireland. N.I Constitution is dissolved, direct rule from London. The Community for Peace People win the Nobel Prize. Ian Paisley launches the ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’ campaign! ********* Parade, Belfast. The house with a view of an entry but a safe haven. We move in as soon as my mother gets the key to view, she hadn’t actually bought it yet.
1978 – 1981 Northern Ireland. IRA bomb La Mon hotel killing 12 people. National Trust buys Crown Bar. Shankill Road Butchers sentenced to life. ******* Road, Belfast. The three younger ones all live here now in our teens, its a party house, mum remarried and living out of town.
1981 – 1983 Northern Ireland. Political tensions high. Bobby Sands on hunger strike, elected member of parliament, dies 1981. ******* Street, Belfast. I bought a little terrace house here before they knocked them all down to build this enclosed court. It cost £1800, my mortgage payments were cheaper than renting.
1992 – 1993 Northern Ireland. Anglo Irish Agreement 1985. further clashes between Orangemen and Nationalists. *********** Street, Belfast. A rough area but I stayed here on my return from London. Woken one night by neighbour being attacked, I called the police twice they took half an hour to come up the road and later said it was drugs related.
1993 Northern Ireland. Shankill Road bombings, 10 killed including IRA bomber. *********** Road, Belfast. My brothers house, I stayed here a while to get away from the previous mad house.
1993-1994 Northern Ireland Loughlinisland massacre, 6 killed by UVF. 1994 IRA Ceasefire. ****** Ave, Belfast. My mother gets small house back in Belfast, just in case..
1995 – 1999 Northern Ireland. Omaha bombing, 29 killed by the ‘Real’ IRA. Good Friday Agreement 10th April 1998. ***** ********* Road, Belfast. I managed to buy a very run down house for very little. A good creative space where I lived for several years before moving back to England.
Small Book Big Stories
is a current project based on memories and potential to represent something that is clearly a part of experience, yet not documented except through memory.
We watched the thunder, the front door slammed and he came in.
Running away to the nearest outhouse, it was dry.
We went round the bend so fast the wardrobe fell over.
Thought I was clever
Rocky the dog ran away up the Rocky Road
He closed the door too fast, I lingered too long.
He said you are so small they won’t see you take it.
Much later, I thought it and sat there.
Sometimes when it just gets too much.