Thursday, 8 November 2012

Institut Superieur des Beaux-Arts de Besancon

I have just begun a 7 week residency at the Institut Superieur des Beaux-Arts de Besancon, in the Franche-Comte region of France. I will be working here on a project (yet to come to m), and assisting the students in their English.
Besancon is a beautiful town, with a famous citadel. The school is placed within an Industrial estate, and the view from my window is a sea of little tin chimneys, all different sizes, and each spouting smoke at different times.
Last night i spent an hour trying to say the word "trou" (hole) correctly.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Library of Lost Books

A few months ago, i was asked to participate in a project launched as a consequence of Birmingham Library's clear out. This project involves the rescue, distribution and re-collection of discarded books, coming together to form a new Library of Lost Books. The project's website can be viewed at:

I received 2 volumes, numbers 5 & 6, of the Classische Theater-Bibliothek, a collection of German language play-scripts, originally sent out as a periodical in the 1800s. They were bound together by Birmingham Reference Library in 1942 and remained on the shelves, at location 808.2 for 70 years, until they were removed and sent to me.

What i was most drawn to, within Volume 5, was a slip inserted at the back of the book, stating that the Shakespeare play's were duplicate and had been disposed of. The book had then been rebound, shrinking the spine, pulling it into the book.

Hours of research led me to the realization that all the books in Volume 6 were duplicate, if one was to consider the whole world's libraries. I therefore decided to document the cataloging system of each and every play in the same format, disposing of the pages, and rebinding the book to account for its new and reduced pages. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Current Obsessions feature on Decalcomania

The reflective platform, Current Obsessions, dedicated to contemporary jewellery, has featured the project Decalcomania, created by Hermione Spriggs and I in April 2011.
With a moto of "jewellery is what you make of it", meaning that they do not comply with accepted boundaries, preferring to claim things to "become", to open the potential possibilities of the contemporary jewellery field.

Check it out here: