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Over the hills and far away

Notebook: 1 January 2016 | BOOK DESIGN | POETRY As a child I dreamt of being an architect but I was never good enough at maths and physics and so instead I drifted off to art college with the vague idea that I’d be an artist or designer. I took up a one year Foundation course at Winchester School of Art. Most of the tutors were from a fine art background and consequently graphic design or ‘Commercial Art’ was frowned upon and discouraged in favour of the fine arts. Luckily I had one tutor, a quiet and unassuming chap called Steve Wheatley, who opened my eyes to the world of graphics. I’d been aware of graphic design – I’d had it bubbling away in my blood – but he was the first person who’d put a name to it for me and he made me realise that people did graphic design for a living and that this was what I really wanted to do. Steve was actually an artist/poet rather than a designer and he published his own ‘illustrated’ art books one of which …

Oh for long summer days

Notebook: 8 January 2015 Thank goodness the days are slowly getting longer. Here’s a short piece of writing by author Brian Earl (with an illustration by my niece Bridie Cheeseman to remind us of those long summer days. It’s called ‘Horn Park in High Summer’ So still – the drowsy air deflects the grass to rest upon the surface of the glass. The creatures of this world sleep in the glade and dare not venture from their silent shade. Lie back. An insect hovers out to laze amongst the fragrant flowers in the haze. Its wings caress the morning like a sigh and sing a soft and gentle lullaby. Relax. There is no need to turn your face from all the captured beauty of this place. Just stay awhile and let the warmth seep in through every willing channel of your skin. And live, attuned to nature’s gentle beat, and feel the peace which shimmers in the heat. Lay down your burden. Let your care be gone. Be still, quite still, so still, and slumber on. Mmm, I feel better for that. Horn Park is in Beaminster – a delightful small town hidden in the west Dorset hills and Brian Earl is curator of the local museum. …