Work has begun on the first pages of Travelogue Kernow! Artists Claire and Chris, book conservator Lizzie and her PZ Conservation interns Liz, Holly and Sam, joined Jesse and Bernard at the Newlyn Art School print studio for five days and evenings of all out printing. This is a great facility which we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with.
Jesse and Bernard have gathered together all the printing plates from our 2013 tour which took place in Wadebridge, Liskeard, Launceston, Helston, Penzance, Newquay and The Middle of Nowhere Children’s Literature Festival. So many fabulous images; what a great resource but we can’t use them all so there will be some tough decisions ahead seeing which ones will work for the book!
The great thing about working at the school is that we have the space to work on two of the books at the same time and lay the pages out across the floor; they take up a lot of space!
It has been interesting how quickly and naturally a quite distinct character, feeling and atmosphere developed for each of the first two chapters, for Wadebridge and Launceston.
Launceston both unfolds and rises to the heights of the castle while Wadebridge follows the meandering narrative of river and railway.
The above image shows the first stage of printing the Wadebridge pages and below Claire inking some of the plates. These pages will pass through the press many times as we add more images.
Once we had established the overall shape for a chapter we could begin adding images
making an arrangement of plates and deciding the order through the press.
Gradually we began to build up the collage of images for individual pages.
Page by Page the collage of images is completed; at a later date we will do further work on the book adding text to the mix.
Each chapter is to have a cover and Chris has taken the lead on arranging the wooden letter blocks and design for the titles.
It has been a fantastic week working full on with a great team and we are looking forward to working soon with PZ Conservation to add text and bind the pages and covers together.