The house book

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.











Interactive Booklet tutorial

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.

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Flexagon Tutorial




Book theme continues

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!

Working on books

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


A Mile Apart

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’.

small book big stories

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.