This past month I've been working on a 2012 'Calendar for Romantics'.  It's about a couple, who meet in January, and tells their story over the following year.  Each month has references to that particular time of year; sometimes to do with nature, sometimes about how that time of year evokes certain feelings; and these references are interwoven into the couple's story.  It's a little whimsical and a lot romantic.  
The black for the pages has been screen-printed already and I'm going to print the covers on Saturday and then add a spot colour to each page, which will hopefully really bring the illustrations to life.  The tops will be punched with a hole and strung so that the calendar can hang, and pages turn easily.  I'll post photos of the finished thing just as soon as it's done and then it'll be available for sale in my shop.


You may recall our project 'ROSE', which myself and Georgina Hounsome were working on for The Cold Press back in August/September.  Well, we finally have it all wrapped up and it's now on sale in my shop - a snip at £4.  Each book comes with a silkscreen print, hand coloured with scented ink tucked inside the front page.  We really enjoyed working on the project together, and though a little daunting (this will be the longest piece of proper writing to our names!) we are really pleased with the resulting story.

Using the area of east London around the old Truman Brewery as a starting point and setting we have created a narrative inspired by smell.
Our sense of smell is strongly associated with memory: Anatomically, the nose directly connects with the olfactory lobe in the limbic system; the are of the brain considered the seat of the emotions.  More so than a snippet of sound or a glimpse of an image, catching a trace of a particular scent can transport us back to times past. Dr. Alan Hirsch, a US neurologist, refers to this as 'olfactory-evoked recall' - the immediate recall of childhood memories by a particular odour, and believes that the details evoked by nostalgic smells are not as important as the emotions they recall.
Rose is found in Bow Cemetery having suffered trauma-related memory loss. She is admitted to Stone House Hospital, the former City of London Asylum, where specialists try to illicit the cause of her memory loss and wake her from her amnesia.  Rose does not respond to the traditional stimuli the Doctors offer, but through several encounters with different smells.  The 'scent memories' awakened within her help her recover her forgotten past.


We've just come back (last week) from our (very) late summer holiday in Malta.  It was amazing.  I was particularly taken with the tiles...