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For a week from the 30th May, I was joined at Hospitalfield by another resident, artist Kelly Sim.
Kelly has worked in various mediums since her days at art college: digital prints, collage and art books, recently concentrating on altered books, and will be running a masterclass on bookbinding and altered books in future at Hospitalfield.
Kelly and I hit it off well and though we concentrated on our own work during the day, often had extended discussions about Hospitalfield, art, and myriad other topics in the evenings.
Though I tend to be quite insular in my work, and often in my life, it was lovely to have her company and to be able to discuss our experiences here, and to explore all the various nooks and crannies of the building together.
I discovered today, when I went to shoot in the studio again, that she had left two of her altered books there: a collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetry, and Arthur Eddington's "The Expanding Universe". I had been admiring her meticulous folding work and the patterns she had been creating with her books whilst here, and was inspired to create some self-portraits with the books.
Though I know she had mentioned to me her tendency to disregard the content of the books, regarding them purely as objects, I did like that the folding style in "The Expanding Universe" had a somewhat star-like appearance, and that I found it filling the space of a shelf of one of the concealed corner cupboards in Patrick Allan-Fraser's old studio.