Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Publish and Be Damned fair and Brooks Farm

I finally found our own city farm at the weekend. The borough make it very difficult to find the few attractions we have here in Waltham Forest. No signposts from the roads etc.
Brooks farm had, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, goats, sheep, ponies, one llama and some small animals and a small aviary.when we visited. Some of the buildings were in need of rebuilding, some areas had received funding for development, but quite a lot still needs some TLC.

We took some photos, the cockerel made a good display of calling one of which I recorded.There were quite a few young ducks and geese and turkeys, which were being carefully supervised by their parents.

On Sunday there was a self publishing fair, Publish and Be Damned in Hackney. I hadn't heard of it before but apparently this was the fifth fair. There was a good mix of exhibitors producing newspapers, comics, graphic books, handprinted books, audio work, and the usual accompanying, badges tee shirts and bags.
we bought a number of interesting pieces, including small booklets from Leisure centre which has guest editors and contributors on particular themes each issue. As did quite a number of published magazines. I choose 2 of mono kultur's magazines which were interviews with photographers, and an issue of Garageland with nature as it's theme.

This page is from Isabel Greenberg's small book called Flora and Fauna.

There were a lot of visitors and a good buzz to the place. I came away with renewed enthusiasm for producing my artists books, and worked on a few of them when I got back.

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