Those of you who have visited Buxton Museum and Art Gallery lately and/or read the blog will know about the recently-excavated site called Fin Cop. Collaborative artist Gordon Maclellan aka The Creeping Toad has had time to explore and contemplate the mysterious place and write this thought-provoking response.
He also provides some handy links if you want to know more about Fin Cop.
A blog by BM125 artist Creeping Toad, who’s out and about running all manner of exciting events for the project.
Make your own Haymeadow Book
This idea can lend itself to all sorts of situations – you could put together a little book-building kit and make books about different places or different occasions
On our National Meadows Day event (http://creepingtoad.blogspot.com/2018/07/rippling-ribbons-of-colour.html), we invited people to gather their own experiences, reflections and knowledge about the meadows they were visiting into little books….These are concertina books which essentially fit one long folded strip of paper into a cover. Once you are used to doing these, you could experiment – stick books together by the cover to make thicker volumes, have sections that fold out in different directions….
Make your bookblock: this is the set of pages that make the body of the book. You might use a long strip of paper (A2 cut into quarters lengthwise works well) or take a sheet of A4 (standard printer size) and cut or tear it in half lengthways. Overlap the ends by about 1cm and stick them together
Write a poem for a page?
Falling sky splinters
Into scabious and cornflower blue,
While tormentil nestles in the grass,
Droplets of sunshine on the green
Concertina: fold your strip of paper in half and then in half again. Unfold it: this should give you 8 sections of about the same size. Use those folds as guides to now fold the paper into a zig-zag pattern
Try an acrostic perhaps?
M – many harvest mice hiding I – in the long grass, swaying, C – curl up in careful nests E – every night in safety.
Now you are ready to make your book! It is easier to work on the book before you fit it into the cover. Work on one side of your paper. On your pages you might:
add a patch of scrap paper and draw on that
make a pocket
do a rubbing
add a map
make a pop-up
think of something else….
When it is done decide if you are having
a) a book that unfolds completely – stick one end page into the cover. You could now work on the back side of your pages (Picture 9: stick one end of the finished block into the cover)”
b) a book that is fixed at both ends. If you are going for this, you might need to refold your concertina so it looks like the picture below:
Cover: fold the card in half. Decorate the cover. Glue in the book block….Title? Author?
Friend and colleague of Buxton Museum, Creeping Toad ran a free craft session yesterday, with some intriguing results. Families were invited into the art gallery and came back out again with some marvelous-looking creatures. We’ll let the man himself explain on his own website.
Join us on Thursday mornings during the school holidays for more craft activities inspired by the museum collections. Drop in between 10-12 noon and allow up to 30 minutes to take part.