Artists Books and Scrolls

My ‘Book of Alice’, made at Peacock printmakers in Aberdeen, was collected by the British Museum. I also contributed three screen prints to Moby Dick Artist’s Book by a group of Scottish Artists. As a commonwealth researcher in India in 1995 I studied with master crafts people learning traditional techniques for glass painting, patua singing scrolls and miniature painting and papermaking. This has given me a wealth of experience to draw on. The scroll painters would unroll their picture scrolls as they sang a ballad about the narrative. The stories were often epic tales or sometimes brought news from village to village or more recently they are used in promoting health education. As I stitch the paper images together I often recall the experience of working alongside scroll painters in their mud dwelling by candlelight and sleeping beside the goats.

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