Waiting for the Van to come

Thursday, 6th October 2005


Our first big order for Rough Patch - these 220 books (ten boxes) were ordered at lunchtime and we got them all packed, in recycled bubble-wrap and thick brown paper, in good time for the courier who called at 5 p.m.. They'll be in Edinburgh tomorrow morning.

Christo, Roman Wall, 1974I sit and draw them as we take a break with a cup of tea and wait for the van to arrive. Phew! Quite satisfying though. You can see why artists like Carl Andre, Christo and Jeanne-Claude like wrapping objects and making constructions of repeated simple forms (right; The Wall, Wrapped Roman Wall, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 1974).

I'm getting to be a bit of an artist with the parcel tape gun; I'm quite proud of my packages.


Yesterday morning we had four pallet loads (4,000 books) of boxes delivered and left in our garage and now I feel as if I've had a workout because we've packed them all away; in my studio, in the back bedroom and even up at Barbara's mum's in the cupboard in the box room. That's 193 boxes, each weighing a stone Rough Patch(6 kg; a rather chunky baby) which have been carried up a flight of stairs. Who needs the gym?! Next Page


Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Rough Patch order your copy now and give us even more exercise.

Richard Bell, richard@willowisland.co.uk