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 )


Beauty in the Beast of decay

IMAGENAMEHEREIf one of our pieces of art can have a function as well, we enjoy it doubly. By designing pieces of practical Sculpt like this bookshelf, for interiors and for landscape locations, we try to blur the space between art and crafts.

A lot of our designs are ‘nature-led’ and we often like to react to something that Nature has already started upon. For us, we see this as working ‘with’ Nature – our design aim being to blend not conflict.

The ‘look’ of all cityscapes and most landscapes has been driven by the nature of generations of people. Whatever designers and artists create, they contribute thus compound upon the past. For example, I’ve often heard critics complain about new buildings as being like carbuncles on the landscape but some will have thought that in silence about Pyramids and probably Ziggurats.

Our ‘Nature’ includes these as part of the whole. We are usually adaptive in our ways, preferring to evolve everything from a logo design to a factory conversion, taking the maturity that has been already been established and progressing it. It is rare that you will ever hear us say “Scrap it and start again from scratch”.

This is not Feng Shui nor does it follow other published ways of design. We align our new design works by observing the ways of our own Nature and ‘following through’.

Some say we are the ‘New Rustics’ and that our designs look a bit Japanese but however they sit, they are rooted from an inner instinct that crosses cultures and makes for comfortable living.

We use ‘Design’ to discover a solution, not to create a problem.

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