Monday, 5 March 2012

Practice makes....improvement.

After my last post, I have been back to the drawing board (and the writing board). I had to scrap the idea of using that old story - I couldn't make it work.

What made me scrap it was a new and much more interesting idea that has been floating around in my head for the last few years. I was struck by many things at Grayson Perry's, 'The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman' exhibition at the British Museum, but two sets of items particularly triggered the idea for my third chapbook. First were Perry's vases, (one is pictured below). Another vase called 'The Frivolous Now,' contained images, ideas, phrases and words from the day it was designed - the images compose a cross between a collage of ideas and a map.
The Rosetta Vase, 2011
Grayson Perry
Glazed ceramic
Second was Perry's caption about maps:
We trust maps. Maps are meant to be a trustworthy diagram of reality. All maps though, contain some very human bias. They can emphasise desirable features and leave out the undesirable.
- Grayson Perry, The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman,
British Museum Exhibition, 2012
 I have put images with my words in my first two chapbooks, but this time, I'm going to mix the two in such a way that the story won't really work without the pictures (perhaps a bit risky). It will be a kind of map. 

I have had to try and draw faces this time, which I have never ever been good at. Why not look at this one and see what you think? A lot of ink and paper has been used in the making of this image...

Sketch for 'Chapbook Three,'
Feb 2012


  1. A very exciting idea for your third chapbook, Debbie, and I love the face! It's lovely, full of character.

  2. Thanks, Emma, and thank you for reading. I have made a rod for my own back with this story - it involves a lot of drawing! But everyday's a school day, I hear! Thanks for your support!x