I'm still working my way through several old copies of WInnicott's The Child the Family and the Outside World .. I use the chapter 'First Experiments in Independence' which relates to the creation of a transitional object as substitute for an absent mother .
The previous version, 'An object of my own making.'(see below) now becomes 'An object of your own making.' with pattern pieces that can be popped out 'airfix' 'kit style ready to sew.
Erasure poetry is not as easy as it would seem.. If I try too hard to make meaning or resist erasing words it becomes a struggle. I find it hard to concentrate on the changes as I get involved in the original content... like getting caught in the wrong track. It's an effort reading two things at the same time.
I use these like warm ups ..or textual doodling. They can take weeks or hours . It becomes a a game. I impose rules such as trying not to have words too close together or by choosing an obscure piece of text -just to see if I can make something out of nothing. Less it definitely more.
I've worked part time as a learning support assistant for the past 20 years. Its a challenging job but I do love it. In the summer our Senco retired and I drew this for her as a memento of the children we have worked with over the years. They are composites of the many characters who have given her a run for her money at times. A lot of them will miss her as much as I will.
I don't get chance to make bears often so I was particularly pleased to be asked to make this one.
As small as they are, they are fiddly and time consuming to make but it's really satisfying when you finally hold the little handful.
I collect old books on motherhood and parenting and was bemused and slightly disturbed to find theses notes in a 1939 copy of 'The Gift of a Child.' The writer obviously felt strongly enough to contradict what was written ..but only in pencil. Makes me wonder about a lot of things....
Le Petit Bâtard was runner up in the Summer reads Book Art Competition held by Writers Centre Norwich and Turn the Page Artists Book Fair. Artists were asked to make a book in response to one of six 'Summer Reads' books.
I chose a (very) short story also taken from Jon McGregor's This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone like You..In just one sentence McGregor gives us a glimpse of a tale about a spreading fire that is both potentially horrifying and slightly comical, conjuring up images of the consequences of playing with matches.
The book takes the form of a matchbook which has been made twice actual size to simulate a child's perspective of the object.
The word bastard is said to originate in Old French but here a modern translation is used.
You can read more about the competition here.
The judges wrote " It is an excellently designed and produced , and intriguing little book object that is as minimal as the story it is based on. Quick, cunning and naughty, it uses a larger than life scale to hint at the potential destruction and unknown dangers lurking within its seeemingly innocent packaging and the quote expands on the story itself"
I'm following my bliss.