Hand-Crafted Notebooks

In 2011 I was fortunate to have been chosen as one of six Jerome Foundation mentees at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. For a year we were immersed in the book arts, learning about bindings, case making, letterpress printing, paper making and much more. I came away loving the ability to make cases and books as needed. Then, I was lucky enough to go and study with a friend and mentor, Enrico Giannini in Florence, Italy, a fifth generation bookbinder. In the ten years since, I’ve continued to make books and cases but now’s the time to start offering them on my website.

I’m going to be offering a small line of notebooks, journals and cases. These will all be ready-mades, so no personalisation or customisation will be possible and the sizes are whatever’s available at the time. I’m still going to be making custom, handmade cases (and soon, books) to order, and more information on those can be found here.

There’s already a selection of both notebooks and clamshell cases in the shop and more will be added soon. Papers include Fabriano, Mohawk Superfine, and both ruled and plain options, while the covers include leather, book cloth and Italian hand-marbled paper. All the materials used are of the finest quality and made by me, one at a time, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

More details on all the notebooks and cases can be found on my website here. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to email me!

Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial

Beaver Lodge — platinum-palladium print on Simili Japon

The exhibition Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennialpostponed because of the pandemic, will finally open this summer in St. Paul and have an opening reception. The show has been organised by The Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M) and will use the museum’s window galleries and its partnership with the NewStudio Gallery to exhibit work, as The M is currently closed for construction. I have three photographs in the exhibition that have all been printed in platinum-palladium and will be in the NewStudio Gallery.

Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
www.mmaa.org

NewStudio Gallery
2303 Wycliff Street
St. Paul, MN 55114
www.newstudiogallery.com

Studio News

The Darkroom is Finished

Dept. of Military Aeronautics Photo Darkroom Trailer

The last piece of the puzzle is an amazing custom-built LED UV lamp and vacuum frame that’s been ordered from Jon Cone. The quality of the workmanship, from the video I’ve seen, is amazing and I can’t wait for it to be delivered and to start using it. In the meantime I’ve been making lots of portfolio cases for clients and getting ready to start printing my own work in silver-gelatin once again.

Beth gave me the photo of the military darkroom under construction when we found out we had to move studios, and it now hangs in the new darkroom.

Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial

This summer I have three images, all printed in platinum-palladium, in the exhibition Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial opening at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul towards the end of July.

“The exhibition is a look into some of the imaginative and dedicated ways that artists and culture bearers from across the state are engaging with water.

A theme that runs through the exhibition is a concern for the environmental impact of human activity on bodies of water. The work fosters conversation, awareness, a sense of care, as well as new ways of thinking about water and water stories through many different lenses, including ecological, social, political, historical, spiritual, and creative.”

Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101

July 24th – October 2nd, 2021

New Darkroom Update

This has been a slow week for darkroom construction as we’ve had to wait for city inspectors to sign off on the construction and the electrical wiring, and because of the pandemic these are taking longer than usual.

Inspections

The inspector from the State Department of Labor and Industry (wonderful!) came by for the electrical work and was quickly satisfied. “A darkroom, this should be simple.” 30 seconds later, “OK, cover it up!” But then we had to wait for the building inspector to approve the framing and support as we have a storage area above. He came by a few days later and took a look at the plans. “OK, so you’re building a darkroom, this shouldn’t be a headache.”  A couple of minutes later and he’d signed off too. Now it’s a question of getting the drywall installed and painted, the electricians back in to wire up the outlets and track lighting and the plumber to do the sinks. Simple..

New Studio!

W. Eugene Smith in his darkroom — © Sherry Suris, 1978

We’ve moved studios! We left our home of 25 years in south Minneapolis and have moved to the arts district of Northeast Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Northeast since leaving London and coming to America back in 1996 so I’m going to love the short bike or car ride from my home. The area is full of other artists, great restaurants, distilleries and breweries and, importantly, home of Art-A-Whirl, the largest open studio weekend in the country.

Waterbury Building

Situated right at the junction of Broadway Street NE and Central Avenue, the building is home to many small businesses, video editing, tv production and marketing companies.

It’s amazing how many artists I know who are moving studios right now, and I’m sure many of them have the same feelings I do, that the whole process is scary and daunting but also exciting and invigorating. But this has been a whirlwind couple of months; from knowing we had to vacate the old studio to finally moving into the new was exactly 9 weeks.

The new darkroom construction will be finished soon and it won’t be long before we stop packing and unpacking boxes. I’m really looking forward to making prints and portfolio cases once again and, once the pandemic is under control, seeing many of you at the new studio!

Mailing Address

Studio 137
1121 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 701-9671 voice/text