No Mans Land
September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Last year, I contributed to an exhibition of illustrated envelopes at The Illustration Cupboard in London, for which I used the etching plate of a gun team I had made for a War Horse bookplate. I was recently commissioned by an individual in Edinburgh to make an envelope work like one of the earlier ones he had seen, entitled ‘No Mans Land’, so I asked if he would like a particular address to be included in the work. This is the result which I have been given permission to publish. The address is that of his grandmother to whom War Office correspondence was sent regarding the loss of her husband who fought in the trenches and died from delayed effects of gas poisoning during the train journey home from London to Edinburgh at the end of the war.
The Gun Team, etching, available in an edition of 25, shown here framed by Vincent. This will be included in the forthcoming exhibition ‘With New-Won Eyes’ which opens in Wiltshire in November.
THIS IS NOT MY HAT
September 11, 2014 § 1 Comment
…I borrowed it! Two and a half months late, a belated ‘Congratulations!’ to Jon Klassen whose book about a fish who steals a hat won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014. By coincidence, the same week, I won the above (pictured) in the Borders General tombola and I would like to say thank you to all the doctors and midwives who helped draw the prizes, and also to the lovely people who knit such fine hats for the baby ward. Ten weeks later, I am pleased to announce we have now found our own hat…