|"chance" an artist book|
You may remember a few months ago I blogged about an inspirational talk by two German artists. As a result, Helen Malone and I have been working collaboratively on a little book of drawings "Chance" which we have just completed. "Chance" was inspired by Ulrike Stoltz and Uta Schneider who work together extensively as USUS.
Helen and I had already worked together on another artist book last year "Paper,Scissors Uluru" so knew we could work well together.
The drawings were the results of work done together, firstly by responding by drawing to 10 short phrases about chance which we took turns to emailing to each other. Each phrase was related to the previous and all linked to the ideas of chance. We responded to each phrase independently and had no idea what sort of work each other was making until we finished the 10 drawings each. We had decided to make reference in our drawings to the style of early 20th century German art. As we knew we would have more work added to the drawings, we made our drawings open enough to allow additional marks to be made. This took us several weeks but as there was no deadline, we just replied at our own pace as it suited our busy lives.
We met to review each others work and were amazed and excited at the cohesiveness each little series of drawings had. The next stage was to exchange the booklets and work on each others pages. This was quite a difficult process, as letting go of ones private work with the possibility of it being lost was real. Again, we finished each booklet before meeting again.
We were delighted with the drawn responses the other artist had made to our initial work. We were prepared to lose some drawings or perhaps need to revisit some for a final resolution but this was not necessary. We both felt that all the drawings were better with our combined efforts and different to what we would have done independently.
Pencil,ink, gouache, collage and rubber stamps were used in the drawings on the pages of brown Kraft paper. I made a little linocut for the covers of our dos a dos format.
Needless to say Helen and I are working on our next collaborative project which we started at the same time as Chance but in a different direction. For more images of our drawings feel free to check out my microbooks.