In 2001 Chris Hodges returned from China and gave me a large concertina drawing book, saying something like ‘See what you can make of this’. I took the book with me to Hill End where I was invited to be an artist-in-residence. I started off by walking around for a few hours, drawing one or two pages in the book. By the end of 5 days the book was complete. I was hooked. They have become an integral part of practice since then.
John R Walker
The concertina book is a kind of prototype for… an expanded view – two, four or six or more pages can be visible at any particular time, rather than the limited spread available in the traditional sketch- book…. Drawings can be treated as discrete statements or they can spread horizontally; episodic drawings and notations can be read singly or as a series of connected visual observations. The landscape is regarded as a whole, yet, at the same time, it is a journey through motifs – an unfolding.
© Andrew Sayers