Double St Bride, Deller and Dinner.
Tuesday: attended a talk at St Bride Library
about Designer Bookbinders
beautiful work but to my mind most definitely craft rather than art. I mention that only because it came up in the talk – raising ‘craft’ to the level of ‘art’ which I rather took issue with. I don’t think doing that is possible. There can definitely be artistry in craft and craftsmanship in art but they're not different levels on a single scale. ‘raising craft to the level of art’ devalues craft and the person pursuing it.
There’s a longer thing in there about the difference between bookbinding and book art but I’ll spare you, gentle reader.
Wednesday: back to St Bride for a silent poster sale
in aid of the library and Central St Martins Graphic Design students’ final show. I managed to show a little restraint but am now the proud owner of this by Dave Cuvelot
and this by Vicke Cheung
Hopefully both soon to be on display in a flat with my name on it. I’m still working on it but the rental market’s a bit expensive and I know exactly what I want – there’s no point in me jumping at the wrong place because I’m in a hurry to move. I’m not and I only want to do it once.
Saturday went to see the Jeremy Deller
and David Shrigley
double header at the Hayward Gallery with Richard. Well, the Deller was amazing, and if you haven’t had a chance to see it you’ve only got until next Sunday, best show I’ve seen in a good while. The other artist is also available and has a couple of good things. A couple.
Then there was dinner and scheming for new projects, which went very well indeed.
Also I got a copy of that book I mentioned I’d designed and I must say I’m reasonably pleased with how it turned out.
Oh, yes, one other thing of note: I saw my optician on Saturday morning and I need new glasses as my eyesight has improved again. Ouch in the wallet but it’s interesting to think that any eye strain I’ve experienced recently (and possibly the tiredness I can’t shake) isn’t due to deterioration in my vision but having to correct an over-correction. Unhelpful helpers.