World’s Longest Artist’s Book


Over one hundred original studies are being painted to create the World’s Longest Artist’s Book. Inside this book of ‘Thought & Art’, one letter stands alongside each of its five main sections.

G        A        F        O        F







Each Letter is guarded to secure its true ‘root’ meaning by its own ‘Root Spirit’ (pics. above)

G.A.F.O.F. (Groom All Fiction on Fact)
G.A.F.O.F. (Groom All Facts on Fiction)

Then, using the same letters backwards to reflect upon all our origins and the compounded works of our ancestors

F. O. F. A. G.  ( For Our Future And Growth)

Each of these 5 sections unfold up onto an outer wood and steel casing carved with imagery from the many languages formulated by humans since written communication began.






On the top face of this box are three further widely spaced letters to create the formula ‘J 0 Y’.*  These letters form one guiding word but stand for the two embodying Ground Tenets

FIRSTLY:              Judge     Our     Yokes
SECONDLY:        Judge     Our      Yolkes

We are experiencing a fast growth in virtual methods of communication and will need to learn to see through virtual reality as it encroaches continually upon the ‘look’ and ‘flavour’ of Reality.
As we broaden our bands of wired connections, we must increase our abilities to judge actual circumstances with ever more accuracy.
The creators of the Long Artist’s Book (part of the Nine Tenets exhibition, Café Surf, Birmingham)  believe that we can only face the certain growth of more virtual methods in communication through uncoding that which we presently call ”knowledge’ – a ‘thing-in-itself’.
Though all previous historical methods of communication have at sometime been used to control or impede understanding, the Internet is being used to expose dis-information through cross-referencing. The better the search software, the greater the chance for all to assess the value of others on both the yokes they make and their central yolk  or true essence.

* Note 1:   In the First Evolvement , “JOY” was “JOA” (Judge Our Actions)  but as this suggested “when assessing value ~ judge deeds alone”, it was re-written as “JOY” for this second evolvement.

* Note 2:   The Book’s top face is presently being totally re-constructed  to accommodate the alteration to “JOY” from “JOA” and we hope to bring you pictures of this prior to the third evolvement and as soon as they are available.

Here are some early study sketches for the book:

BRANCH TENET(176) : BBW ( Branding Back Wards )176mono






BRANCH TENET (151): NEWSOAP ( Not Every Window’s Serving Old Aged Pensioners)








( Books Are Reality’s Bound Ink Events )


The Art of Gardening

pleatchingTraditional skills Part 1: Pleatching


Most hedgerows survive a full pleatch – the bravest gardeners should come to HoBB Real to see the fantastic results, witness the problems with over-cutting and maybe have a go themselves. It’s a traditional skill but provides far more habitats for nesting birds than wire and post fencing!

Trees are very tolerant. After tracking done the “Tree Circus” on a Web site, my garden design skills took off in a new direction. Way beyond topiary, bonsai, training and pruning, plants can be created to fill ‘space’, balance views and even inter-fuse, making the garden into a Plant Circus for those Gardeners keen to be the new circus trainers.

If you are interested in working with plants and getting to grips with the real roots of gardening, then contact us and become a volunteer gardener at the HoBB Gardens.

Look around, the HoBB Virtual Web Site – join our ‘International Friendship Garden’ scheme, or attend a live weekend on plant design at ‘HoBB Real’.

Volunteering is always a useful way of getting experience if you are planning a career in gardening or just love to pick up tips for your own garden design. When C.A.T. was the ‘National Centre for Alternative Technology’ [N.C.A.T.] I spent many days working there as a volunteer when the gardens were nearly all slate. CAT is not far from here for those interested in including a visit to pick up loads of alternative gardening tips.

Bring a plan and some photographs of your own garden with you to HoBB Real, and we’ll do some design thinking and drawing around your personal lifestyle – after a full day in the gardens there’s always a moment around the log fire to chat about your plans and the latest gardening ideas.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant