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 latest postcard for my friend – the word is VERDANT!

This is the third postcard I have been sent by a friend to complete – see previous posts for the first two!

As part of the postcard project my friend has involved me in, this is the second one I have made. The theme is “Ha Ha”. She sent me one with a gross newpaper clipping so I returned mine in kind. Mine may be slightly worse than hers was!

A friend of mine has been sending me mysterious postcards. The first asked me if I want to be part of an art project – I filled in the postcard and said “Yes!”. The second asked me what I wanted the emphasis of the project to be (e.g. dreams, ideas, wishes – there were ten options) and how much involvement I wanted. I replied and said “100% – full on!” (with the disclaimer that I mean full on for me, somone with very limited energy!). The third card came with the words “I wish” written at the top and a blank card. Along with it came one already filled in by my friend. Here is what I have wished for:

I wonder what the postman will bring next!