Process #2

My degree project was a book documenting the Irish Diaspora’s journeys from Ireland to England. I photographed and interviewed people in the various Irish centers around London: the London Irish Center, the Luton Irish Forum and the South London Irish Association. The book itself was hand-printed and bound but my bookmaking skills are very lacking! As such, I enlisted the help of my friend Chloe (a 2015 UAL Wimbledon graduate in Print and Time-based Media) to help me fix the binding and structure of the book itself.

Chloe won the Wandle Studio Prize for 2015/16 so she has use of a studio space at Merton Abbey Mills where she runs an “alternative book-makery” called Object Book.

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Original book
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How it stood
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Lying flat

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Attempt at attching the covers

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I attempted to attach the covers and put too much glue on the front
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The binding was too loose so pages would move
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Cutting the binding off each folio
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Placing the first cover
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Sewing the first section
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Tying a kettle stitch at the end
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Sewing the fourth folio to the third with a kettle stitch
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The cross stitch was made by putting the thread through two layers of thread on the folios and making a X shape and tying a kettle stitich
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Exposed biding
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Kettle stitches at the end of each folio

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Flattening in the nipping press

PS: I’m doing photo-book narrative workshops at Object Book on the 6th of August. More details to follow.

Malta 2013

During February, I attended a “creative retreat” in Malta with my friend Kate, her husband and six other artists or “creatives” as Kate liked to call them! While we were there, we had forums on our own work, where we presented the work we had done during the day (each day we were given a word to concentrate on and make art about); visits from local artists and we worked on making the art we had made into a book. The book is finished and hopefully going to be available through Blurb soon!

Now, the photos!

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I probably don’t need to tell you that: All images are copyright Aisling Keavey, all right reserved. Photos can only be used with written permission.

Have you ever been to Malta? What did you think?

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Quick updates and feature!

I’ve neglected this blog for the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy with college and preparing for my trip to Malta in the morning. (I’ll back to regular posting when I’m back and I’ll have images from the trip to show too). For now though, I’ve been featured on the Lenscratch blog

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Gobsmacked, considering this blog showcases incredible artists (…and then there’s me!). Nice Valentine’s surprise :D [Image is in the very middle (along the F’s in the links at the side if you follow that)]

Or if you want here’s a screenshot:

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I’d love some feedback on this image. I never really take self portraits but I’ve had self portrait project idea in my head for forever so I’d love to see what you think of this one before I go and shoot an entire series!

Thursday post series #7: updates

 

Apologies for not posting yesterday, I don’t feel very inspired at the moment! I’ll be sure to write a post on what inspires me next week.
So, now on to the seventh post in this series. I’ve been so busy the last few weeks. This week has been quiet (thankfully). I got an interview date for a Photography course (it’s on the 29th) so I’ve tried to put together a portfolio for that, I’m going to get prints tomorrow so I’m nearly finished. I need to plan and shoot one more project and print it and I’ll be finished. Chai Media finished filming Aisling Conlan last week so we need to get editing on that soon! The photography studio where I’m interning asked us to film a promotional video for them so I wrote a proposal for that the other day, I need to edit it and see what they think.

Busyness is good :D

How has your week been?

PS: I followed back all my followers (that’s a mouthful!) to show my appreciation, thank you!

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Thursday post series #5:updates

I’ve just come back from consulting with Irish canoe slalom athlete, Aisling Conlan. We are now in pre-production for a documentary video we’re shooting with her next week. I’ve known Aisling since I was 14 so getting her to talk and give us what we want won’t be hard! We’re going to forgo the traditional route of most videos about kayakers and let her tell her story: she has a really interesting background and we want to showcase that. While she was growing up, things were hard, but she’s come through that to become who she is now. She’\s come through adversity and is now one of the top elite canoe slalomers in the world. And she’s totally humble about it to boot! We’re going to shoot some footage of her kayaking and then film an interview with her in her house so we can have some variety in the shots. We’re also going to shoot some photographs of her and a video portrait. So we can showcase her and showcase what we can do, that we’re not one-dimensional.
This should be great, we’re getting so many ideas for it already. The finished video itself will be on our Vimeo page within the next few weeks so I’ll let you know when it goes up!

Have you ever seen any documentaries on sports-people? What did you think?

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Thursday post series #3: personal updates

Well, as you may have guessed, I’m in the middle of setting up a production company with my friend Chesney (Chai Media, the link to our Facebook page is in the sidebar, please oblige us and like us!). We’re in the middle of shooting an ad at the moment so when it’s edited, we’re going to join Vimeo and that’s where all our videos will go. (I’ll probably link that in the sidebar too, later).

I have so many conceptual photo shoot ideas in my head… I need a willing model… and time, lots of time…

I’m thinking of changing the name of this blog too… to something that better expresses what I’m working in now… I need to have a thinking session!

Thursday post series #2: personal updates

This week has been kind of slow for everything, really. I haven’t seen my boyfriend since last week (silly repeat work :( ), I’ve only worked at the Picture Rooms for one day (today, I’m working again tomorrow) and I’ve not done any work with Chai at all.

I made my friend Jenny a zine for her birthday, with photos and quotes and that. I’m assisting on a fashion soot next Monday so I’ll post about that next week. Hopefully going to a couple of the PhotoIreland exhibitions on Saturday too.

Boring week.