During the past seven years I have handmade and illustrated 16 journals in which I make comments about what is happening in my life and explanations regarding the inspirations, work in progress and outcomes of each project I undertake.
Apart from my life drawings, on which I work for short periods only, the majority of what I do takes a long time, ranging from weeks to many months. The longest I have worked on one project has been 18 months - see “Love Letters” in the Soft Sculpture Showcase.
Into my journals go all manner of things (often mirroring my teenage diaries which I regret I no longer have).
Postcards, photos, pressed flowers.....
Comments that are often painfully “heart on sleeve”..... All a bit retro and Edwardian I know! But someone has to do it.
Also silly bits and saucy bits.
I hope that if I ever reach old age, these journals will jog some wonderful memories.