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The Artist’s Notebook

Paul Watson’s notes on ongoing artwork, giving an insight into the creative process.

Research on the Broadside or Broadsheet

By Paul Watson on .

In early January I’m planning to print a number of Broadsides as related side-projects of the Book of the Erinyes. As well as being appropriate to the whole atmosphere of the artwork, I’m also drawn to the often scurrilous history of Broadsides, from the 16th century to the mid-19th century.…

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On Promoting Interstitial Art

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As I’ve been working on The Book of the Erinyes I’ve been trying to work out who it’s likely to appeal to. The problem is that it doesn’t fit comfortably in any one area. It sits between art and craft, between bookbinding and book art, between mainstream and underground. It’s art made…

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Victorian Gothic Revival “Papier Mâché” Binding

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One of the fashions of the “Gothic Revival” during the mid-1840s to 1860s was for “monastic” style bindings that imitated the Medieval wooden book covers. Rather than reproducing these in wood, the Victorians (presumably for reasons of cost and mass production) recreated this style with…

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