Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Well the sun has been shining for 10 days now on the SUNshine Coast. It's like heaven. This weekend is the Roberts Creek Arts Festival. Lets hope the sun shines on this event.
I'm not a part of the festival but I'm opening up the studio for Friday May 18th - Monday 21st.
My latest work is 'Titanic'. These are a series of limited edition artists' books commemorating the loss the 'invincible' Titanic luxury Liner over 100 years ago. Canada Post has issued a series of stamps that I have incorporated with my own designs to create this series. These are the themed accordion books that I have worked on for many years.
There will be a variety of work on display including original etchings, watercolours, Polaroid image transfers and mixed media work.
Have a great long weekend where ever you are.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
An ancient binding style that has won my heart and some awards for me. I think it is such a versitle binding style that allows for a wide variety of materials to be used. It can be as big or sank as you want and the beauty of the coptic bound book is that it opens flat because of the flexible spine. Teaching a class at the Gibsons Art Building today.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Could it be considered an art form? There is something about the process of rising and kneading that is contemplative. Picking the berries too. Some of best my best ideas and creative bursts come during and after these activities.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
|Pepper the Studio Doggie|
Bookbinding...so glad to back in the Studio after many months of distraction. However here is my first effort which has been gestating for some years now.
'Fafard' an artists book - edition of 5
When at the Post Office recently I noticed the stamp issue for Fafard, so I picked it up. I revisited the flip book 'Against the Grain' and decided on a coptic bound artists' book to incorporate both, an homage to Joe Fafard.
'Against the Grain' is one of the most interesting outdoor installation art pieces conceived & done in Canada in my opinion. A year long project it shows the prairie world and the horse in all seasons.
I have been wanting to celebrate this and hope you enjoy this peek.Check out the links.
Joe Fafard , http://www.eyeris.ca/pages/horse.html, http://maclarenart.com/
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Hello I'm Stephen Murphy and I lost my first blog in the blogsphere. Now its time for new beginnings.
I've just relocated with my soul mate Terri to the Sunshine Coast (British Columbia) where we have set up our studios in the beautiful hamlet of Roberts Creek. We love the creative and community orientated nature of the "Gumboot Nation"and we now consider ourselves as "Creekers". It's been full steam ahead studio building in between setting up house, visiting with friends, entertaining wonderful guests, etc.This is my arty blog but it has a sad start. We lost a studio buddy. Pepper is now our lone studio buddy.
|Rocky and Sparky|
It is so sad and we have been grieving here since then. I know all of you who met him will shed a tear too as you read this.
Sparky was a rescue dog too, I immediately fell in love the little guy when good friend Janice brought him over for a visit (Knowing full well that sucky Stephen would not be able to resist), so when Terri got back from vacation there was book, shoe, anything chewer Sparky wagging his little tail hello. It didn't take long for him to em-bed (Yes he was a bed worm too!) himself into Terri's life. He was pure love, of the most unconditional kind and I want him to know just how special he was to us and what a great teacher he was. I can only say that I have still so much to learn from him. Thank you Sparky.
I have cryed my eyes out the past couple of days and my keyboard is suffering tear drop syndrome as I write. However it is time celebrate the little Fukkers life.
The Sparkster was just a bundle of joy who wholeheartly welcomed everyone at the door with a rowdy harmless yap and his jump in your face hospitality. He was a "people" dog who shared his unbound love and affection for all who entered our door. This dog saw no differance in people. He just shined his great love on all. And he was a sparkle and I will look into the sky at night and see him beaming down his love on us all.
His life was short but intense. He was a mere 3 years old and we had him for two of the best. He was the Houdini of dogs. He managed to open windows, slip through mere cracks, escape from locked cages (true story) and just plain wanted to go on an adventure or be with his human parents. He hated being left at home even though he had his doggie buddies. He would scratch and claw his way out, could jump a fence in a single bound, dig under it, you name it, he wanted adventure. Escape record... to numerous to list. I guess he should have been a cat but he used up those nine lives long ago
We met bears in the back yard, foraged the beaches, climbed trails and yes he was a seafood lover (had a particular affection for seaweed and mussels, well anything that looked like food really) He loved his walks and liked being part of the pack. The word 'Walkies' resulted in one being set upon by a leash hungry animal.
He was the worlds best cuddler and bed worm; Was the warmest hot water bottle and loved to squeeze beneath the covers and us! Terri had just started him on agility training and he was improving weekly. He was very fast all be it not that obedient. But he was learning and loved it. I guess its time to stop now as I could go on and on.
Sparky we love you, you were the light of our life.