Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Always I've liked geometry in all the senses: mathematical, philosophical and aesthetic. It has been my main source of inspiration together with the Golden Ratio. Even in the covers of my notebooks there is a rational analysis of composition on the basis of the covers' format with the proportion of size and position of the papers making the collages. When I draw, my drawings are abstract and geometrical using proportions. I don't understand geometry without precision, or at least, I didn't until now.

I'm starting to make some drawings on the covers of my new noteboos, minimal drawings with basic geometrical shapes on the basis of some drawings from some years ago that I've shown in flickr. These new covers with drawings will be without adding too many materials to the list of materials I already use for the collages, only pencil, black, grey and white acrylic paint (no colors) and chinese ink.

The idea of making drawings on the covers is because of the time I spent in London recently. It was very inspiring, although not productive because I couldn't make any notebooks, but I got a new point of view on the way of drawing with geometry.

Every time I went out in London was mostly for going to contemporary art exhibitions. After some time I realized that my favorite artists today are women who work with a more organic approach to geometry: Rachel Whiteread, Ellen Gallagher, Anna Helpher  and others. The work of these female artists opened my eyes and made me understand how geometry without precision and rigidness, drawing freehand lines by hand without precise measurements can be organic and as alive as a plant, finding there as much beauty as I find in the strict geometry of Richard Talbot´s drawings.

I'm starting my drawings for my new notebooks as always I've drawn, with the precision of a ruler and a calculator. But with the goal of finding my way for making my geometrical drawings more organic with freehand lines and without the precision of measurements. It will be a process of learning.

Rachel Whiteread
Anna Helpher
Richard Talbot

Sunday, 30 January 2011

 On Monday I'm leaving London to go home to Sweden. That means new crafts. I wasn't able to make notebooks in London as I was hoping, it's a really inspiring city. But I also get inspired in Linköping, the town where I live with its quietness and forests.
I want to thank all the new followers of this blog in all the time I haven't been posting anything and to the old followers that have been here even when this blog has been abandoned.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


Since some time ago, I'm experimenting with layers of papers making transfers of texts and also transfers images that I can show here later. 

Every notebook for me is a new field of experimentation with collages, starting from what I made in the previous notebook and finishing with something new that is for me a new discovery to apply in the next notebook. In that way, never I can repeat the same design and either exactly the same technique of collage.

The enjoynment of experimenting with papers and the beauty of their properties is something difficult to explaine. But I can show a couple of pictures of my last notebook. I'm very satisfaced with what I've got with it and it is one of my favorite notebooks I've made. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

_* R E U N I O N *_

These last posts are condensed notes of things I think while working with my crafts. I don’t pretend them to be very understandable, they are quite cumbersome; but to share them, because these are answers I’ve found to my questions about what crafts are for me.
I´m sorry for grammar mistakes.
I said in my previews post "Style" that the style of my notebooks is their essence and in my other preview post "Essence", I said that Heidegger explains that to like something is a correlation between our essence and the essence of what we like.
The style of my notebooks is the way I show the essence of a notebook.
The style of my notebooks is one between all the possible ways that a notebook could be made by others.
To like something is trough our perception of the thing.
Perception is the internal sensation as a result of a material impression in our senses. The perception presents to me a set of sensations as the way in which I'm affected by the notebooks. In the perception of my notebooks I find the correlation between my essence(mind) and the essence of the notebook.
The perceptual thing, the notebook, is in the middle between my essence and its essence (its style). They form part of the collection or constellation of properties (the notebook´s materiality), plus the characteristics of the style.
Constellation suggest a turn, movement, a directed movement that takes me in direction to a reunion between the essence of the notebook and my essence.
The reunion is the union of all of what the notebook gives me through its materiality and style plus all the sensations I get trough my perception of them.  The re-union is the correlation between my essence(mind) and the essence of the notebook in the interior of that constellation. This reunion is a reflective detention, an inward-looking, an introspection where I'm taken at the moment of writing in the notebook or when I hold it in my hands feeling its materiality. In this way is how the notebook makes me wish to write in it and inspires me trough my connection with it.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

E s s e n c e

When we like something, to like is like an attraction that we feel for the thing we like. That attraction is because the thing has some element or something that we can recognize as part of the whole kind of things we like. But all that whole kind of diverse things have something in particular that is one essence. That essence is our style. Our style is the way we visually represent our way of being. So when we find something we like, it is like to find ourselves represented, reflected in that thing. There is a correlation between the thing and us.  Heidegger said that we only really like what is previously given from itself (from its essence), wishing us in our essence, approaching our essence and we let the thing we like to come to us (like in a feedback),and what we like is pulling us, guiding us to its essence. Heidegger uses the visual metaphor of what is "looking to us": we only see (the essence) what is already looking to us (to our essence) and we see it because it sees us.
According to Heidegger, to like is to form a relationship with our essence to the essence of what we like.
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