Its November and there have been some wonderfully dramatic light effects to enjoy on my morning walks as the sun breaks through the fog:
Meanwhile, back in the studio there are busy times.
Every other year, during the first weekend of November, I attend the Oxford Fine Press Fair at Oxford Brookes University. Full details are here. I will be working on a new engraving and, apart from offering a wide range of my wood engravings for sale, I will also be (hopefully) selling a number of my handmade limited edition books, all of which feature my wood engravings.
Back in the studio, more Woman In Black Portfolios dry under pressure under weights and in the book press, ready for me to take to Oxford:
I will also have copies of my miniature concertina-style book "A Prospect Of Ely", which I have been binding in between working on other projects:
The newest book features five of my tiny "Cinderella" stamps. Here are three of them during engraving:
... and here are some printed sheets from the book drying on the ceiling rack:
So when I printed proofs from the blocks to accompany the fifteen special copies, I was running out of space to spread them out to dry. However, "Red", the 1902 Albion handpress does make an elegant drying rack:
In fact the printing studio is a real mess at the moment as I start to gather things ready for the weekend, as well as finish projects in hand. I will have a good clean when I return.
In addition to these, I will also have copies of my "25 Bookplates" for sale, and samples of other illustrations.
The Fine Press Fair is open 11am - 6pm on Saturday, 5th and 10am - 5pm on Sunday 6th November. Admission is by catalogue at £5, which covers admission on both days, as well as the lectures on Sunday.
Do please come and say hello if you attend.