fragments of memory and desire

I went to a bookmaking workshop recently and was asked if I wanted to take part in a project by the workshop leader. The brief was to respond to the title “Fragments of Memory and/or Desire”. I might say more about it later and about the wider context of the project, but for now, here is what I produced. She is asking lots of people to do a postcard sized response and will make them into a book to submit to the project.

I am really happy to be part of the project and that I managed to produce something in a very short space of time (the deadline has already passed!)


Here is some further info about the project:

Fragments of Memory and Desire

al-Mutanabbi Street starts here

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb exploded on

al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of the literary and intellectual community.

More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. In July 2010, Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman put out a call for 260 book artists to make work that reflected this attack on both the “street of the booksellers” as well as the ultimate futility of those who try to erase thought. And so the ‘al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here’ coalition was born.

This project is both a lament and a commemoration of the power of words.

One complete set of all the books will be donated to the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. The other two sets will become touring collections.

Proceeds from sales or other fund raising are being donated to the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. If you would like to make a donation you can do so online:


My partner went to New York last weekend, and came back with two presents for me. Firstly, one I had requested as my commiseration present for not being able to go with her (due to my poor health) which was a limited edition Diana F+ camera:

It is the MoMA edition, as it is from the Museum of Modern Art…

Also, a surprise extra present! (Yes, i am very lucky!) was a book of photographs, accompanied by poems, produced in the 1930s called “New York, N why?” by Rudy Burckhardt & Edwin Denby:

So a new toy to play with AND inspiration to draw from! Who needs to go to NY when the best bits are delivered 😉

I have taken a few pictures with different settings near my house just as a test roll to get a feel for it. It is very like my holga, although it has a few more settings, such as a sunny/cloudy setting that actually works, as well as pinhole capabililties…

The book is beautiful, the pictures are mostly very simple and understated, but the poems (and the essay about the work of both men, included at the back) really make you look at them in a deeper way and it is really interesting. I love it!