Since 1994, I have been making my own notebooks and sketchbooks. If I don't make one from scratch, I customise the notebook with my marbled papers and do things like gluing envelopes inside the covers for keeping ephemera. They tend to be scruffy, rambling affairs, but they are all mine, and I never suffer 'first page angst' when starting a new one - because it was already begun when I made it. It's nice to be able to customise proportions and to mix the papers inside according to my current interests. Many are tiny, doll's house proportions - easy to slip into a pocket or small handbag for instant availability in situations when it might be frowned upon to whip out a sketchbook!
The other day I remembered a drawing I had made a few years ago in connection with the work I am doing at the moment. I had to dig around to find the notebook I thought might contain it. When I finally found it and opened it I was amazed to find a wealth of forgotten drawings which I had never documented or scanned into the archives I keep of my work. They were from 2012, and experimental and fun. I didn't actually find the drawing I was looking for, but the forgotten body of work contained the elements I was seeking, and I was delighted to rediscover the work and find it relevant to what I am doing now.
But how does it happen that work can get so completely forgotten?
Clear out the kiln room! Believe it or not, there is a very nice, quite large, Potterycrafts top-loader electric kiln behind all the junk. This is what happens when you don't use a space for a while, then clear out the house! It would be great to be able to see it again, and exciting to begin new work ...
THE WEEKLY: BINKY McKEE AND ME
Welcome to my blog where I share my work as an illustrator as well as occasional events from the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother owned - about 40 of them during her life! It seemed natural to devote my more nurturing, colourful, story-telling work to the female side of the family, whilst practicing my art work under my paternal name.
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, and of course I can't resist an Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober!
I hope you enjoy the work!
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland