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Cotton Anniversary

August 21st, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It turns out I’m facing popular demand. I’m trying to get the new studios finished in time to get the next book out asap. We are getting there, I promise, and today was a key step, and this blog has been posted on our new computer. Capable of driving big inkjets!

But today is really important as it is our 2nd wedding anniversary, which apparently is twinned with cotton! I’m looking forward to next year already (leather), and the 14th (Ivory) may take a little work. Bizarrely the sixth is either iron OR candy(?!) I also wonder why they thin out after the 15th to every five years. Incomplete website? My challenge to you is to give suggestions of materials for the gap years, just leave them in the comments section. A piece of cotton to the top suggestor!!!

Shelter isn’t so simple anymore

August 14th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It used to be a few sticks with some skin on top, but now property is a bit of a nightmare to acquire, especially in our illustrious capital city. Man it drags on for weeks, and at every turn people politely relieve you of your money. We are on a knife’s edge today as regards our purchase. What we hope to be the hub of the HFP seems to be undervalued by some and overvalued by others. We just want to complete. Nobody can agree what this house is worth. Is it worth all this hassle? A wise friend said that he thought we could rest assured that we will move into the right house at the right time. I also remember another friend who had enormous housing problems, which kept her out of future trouble when her husband unfortunately died. Are houses the barometers of future woe? I hope not. Are they woe incarnate? Maybe! (I guess that should really be ‘inbricknate’). Whatever happens, we are going to come through this honest, I’m not chipping bits off my soul for property. And as my Grandfather always assured me, if you honour God he will honour you. I’ve lived by that for seventy years, he said. I’ve proved it, he said. He died in the best circumstances: poor, faithful, and very very old.

mrs ping* signing in, trying to get with the blogarhythm. The Henningham household is a bit up and down these days, what with trying to buy a home to put our studio in, David building our screen printing workshop over at his mum’s, visiting relatives learning English, summer barbeque epidemic, me half haunting the post for funding news with the other half slowly realising I’m probably going to have to do it part-time anyway (sigh), and more weddings than you can trip over…

I have more than enough to be happy and excited about, yet today I am wistful and exhausted. So much to worry about, so much I shouldn’t be worrying about, and so much I don’t know whether I should worry about or not. I feel like I’m trying to ride a bike on water. It ain’t the peddling that’s keeping me afloat.

Hans Holbein Drew My Ancestor

August 2nd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

It was my mother’s sixtieth birthday yesterday so a few of us went to Hever Castle for a day out. We stumbled across a book open in one of the rooms showing Anne Boleyn’s aunt, Lady Mary Henegham, who it turns out is my ancestor. Apparently we were still loaded and living in Norfolk until another one of my family was executed for regicide in 1648. I guess it doesn’t help your 17th century credit rating. If you knew my Dad, click on the link and you’ll see the likeness. What do you guys think? Does she look a bit like me? [Comments please]. Also saw some terrible chairs, the kind the author should be put in shackles for. Ping* and I went to the V&A last weekend to look at chinese chairs for my next sculpture. Much better.

Which reminds me, we had to postpone the Westminster show by one month for reasons of paperwork and publicity. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. I had a dream that ‘the skull of John the Baptist as a twelve year old boy‘ [click on ‘fundament’ image to the right] crumbled and needed rebuilding. This is not true. Actually I’m in the unusual pre-show position of having all my work ready to install over a month before!

Inkjet News

July 25th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Wow, what a thrilling headline I came up with! This week I’m mainly sorting out the new screen studio and Inkjet equipment. This is the inherited money I spoke of earlier being invested. Today I ordered a new PC, built to my requirements, so that I can print inkjet stuff like we did for the nth convention. It sure is nice to have capital, but that don’t make me a capitalist. I’m a humble private citizen.

The other thing I’m doing with my time is meeting up with fellow graduates from the slade. That’s the main difference between the two Slades; one of them you’re encouraged to keep up with your friends when you leave, but the other doesn’t allow you to have a reunion, in case you have it in a bank armed with shot-guns. Yesterday Chong-Woon and I had a sandwich and a beer in Bloomsbury, and today Jim and I had a beer by the water in Greenwich.  

Axis Website Nomination

July 17th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I have been curated onto a website of graduates by Axis, so you can see some of my sculptures and CV there. They’ve even written an article about my work.

I’m getting nervous about my show in Westminster, (or is it about the mortgage papers?) I feel like it is largely down to me if it is going to go well. I guess it is a solo show!

Two books acquired by the Tate

July 14th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Today I went to see the librarian at the Tate. They have a great research centre which I plan to use in the future to look at other small press books. They have a collection of over 50,000 books. We discussed how Dinocerata will prove difficult for conservation, but they seemed to want to rise to the challenge and bought a copy. Also Nonconformist is now part of the collection.

We also put in an offer on a house and it was accepted! If nothing important happens tomorrow, it will feel a little strange. 

Time is man’s problem

July 13th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

What an amazing few days we’ve had. I’ve been writing my thesis, which is the closest we will ever have to a manifesto in the HFP. It is basically a proposal for the HFP, but in the form of an interview with a deceased printer (Eric Gill) and an essay on the American band the Danielson Famile. I wrote 5000 words in two days. When you’re hot, you’re hot. I’ll eventually print it and bind it. It’ll be out some time near Christmas, I guess. But too big for a stocking.

We’re also looking at houses to live in. This will be the place for many HFP endeavours to take off. We’ve had the most incredible interventions and provisions from God. I’m glad he’s in charge. 

And I’m constructing my screen workshop elsewhere. Who’d have thought that it would be hard to find somewhere to shoot a high velocity water cannon at some photosensitive chemicals on what is essentially a large square drumskin. It’s political correctness gone mad.

I was awarded a year’s free membership of the printmakers council for my books, which is good. I go on file in their slide library and I may get some exhibitions out of it. They once did one in the Natural History museum, which is my kind of gig.

I just got back from Madrid, travelling on my own. Those of you who have read Parideza will know that I describe a visit to the Prado to see Bosch’s works, but this as my first genuine visit to the place. It was great, especially the tapas and the bars. I also went to Paris as the journey was entirely train-based. The return journey was 32andahalf hours in length!

As I said I would, I went to the Chelsea BA degree show last night. I wanted to see if the buzz was transferring to the work. It was quite a good show. There were some especially good sculptures there, but unfortunately the whole site was ridiculously confusing. There is no way of knowing if you have been to see everything, and the endless ‘exhibition continues’ signs were wearying. They also opened too many things in one go, textiles and history and theory of art as well! Even with the big parade ground there was no focal point for gathering, I felt sorry for the students. Also the work was often paranoid, everybody seemed to be making their own ‘spaces’, rooms and partitions floating in enormous rooms. It seemed they felt no ownership of their studios, I quickly guessed they had had a lot of issues over spaces throughout the year, and the move from Manresa. My criteria for the best work swiftly became ‘those who had risen above space politics’.

I bumped into Gerard Wilson, my old head of BA sculpture. He really liked my show. He said (as a compliment) that while I had been at Chelsea my work had been horribly consistent, and if anybody was going to keep on going it would be me. I thought I was one of the least consistent, all kinds of blind alleys, and false starts. A lot of my contemporaries there were refining the same idea repeatedly (which is a perfectly fine thing to do). Tutors even tried to pressure me to narrow it down. I think they have forgotten those little fossils. Good to see him again.