While I was at Brighton I specialised in bookbinding my own short stories.
I enjoy writing a great deal, so combining this into my work as proved
a huge success. My stories and prose usually have quite a dark sense of
humour to them, so most of them would be unsuitable for children. ‘Behind
Closed Doors’ is a book comprising ten poems. It is based on the
idea that you never really know a person and everyone has secrets. The
book is set out like a Victorian house, made into flats. As you turn the
pages you learn secrets about the residents, some of which are rather
shocking. My other book is called ‘The Hair Vendetta; A short story,
in prose form, about two best friends, Gill and Maude. The poem describes
how bald Maude’s jealousy of Gill’s hair causes her to come
up with a plan to ruin it. The prose on three of the pages is printed
on a yellowy type of tracing paper, which gives a different dimension
to the book and well as it being aesthetically pleasing. The book also
has real hair and jam scanned onto each page and is finally bound with
linen thread and hair.
I have recently been commissioned to illustrate the poetry of Paul Noel
Wilson, which was challenging, as the content of his poetry was very different
to my own work. I also enjoy creating abstract paintings, combining the
colours of Howard Hodgekin with Aboriginal imagery.
Brighton University: BA Hons Illustration
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