Luckily for me, I have hermit tendencies, work from home and continue to have commissions offered to me. I have also taken the opportunity to organise the printing studio.
While I was doing this, I pulled out a large box labelled "To Be Sorted". This contained a mixure: editioned engravings, artist's proofs, unsigned proofs and some proofs with issues - underinking, small smudges and the like.
By the time I had made a pile of 250 prints, it occurred to me that I might bind these as books to sell them to raise money for some charities. I trimmed the sheets to approximately 12 x 18cm, added a page of text and a colophon and stab bound them into thin card covers.
I made a new engraving in the form of a label for the front of the book:
Today, I finished binding the edition of 25 books, each with a random selection of engravings.
I did include a "jackpot" in the form of a signed A/P of "The Fossil Collectors" in one of the books.
They have been numbered 1 - 25 and shuffled so each order will be the next one from the pile.
The price of each collection of ten original engravings is £40.
I was able to make the books using materials that were already in the studio. The only costs to be deducted from the selling price will be Paypal fees and postage - they will be sent out using Royal Mail first class; I can stamp the packages and post them as my daily walk can pass the postbox.
The profits will be divided equally between:
Ely Food Bank
The Trussell Trust
Alzheimers Research UK
The books will be sold through my Etsy Store:
The listing will be live from 7pm on 22nd April 2020.