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Back from holiday

April 26th, 2006 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

back from holiday we are. Norfolk was quite lovely, and surprisingly full of daffodils. Cheery daffs greeted us on every corner. Whole fields of yellow daffiness.

“Agreat time doing nothing.” Just sitting on beaches, playing boardgames, eating chips, me dropping the odd stitch here and there, and David flipped his way through Zizcek’s latest. We also ate a LOT of potatoes (they were being sold on every corner) and came home with 20kg. Anyone for a potato present? Hooray for spuds.

We were also visited by a pheasant, who, being both beautiful and most becomingly round, we would both quite like to taste now. He was skulking around the cottage garden nevously trying to avoid the hunt (shots in the distance).

I shall attempt to post a photo…oh no. argh. darn-o. will have to consult the husband.

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Family Holiday

April 11th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We’re glad to see that our first book is being well received. And I’ve been working my fingers to the bone on the next release, but also my degree show at the Slade. I’ve got two kinds of blister, both thumbs are rendered useless by woodwork. We are going away on holiday, therefore, to Norfolk, so we’ll be taking Sebald’s ‘rings of saturn’ along as a kind of high-brow tour guide. But this also means the press is closed 13th – 18th April. All orders received in this period will be mailed when we get back. Have a happy easter.

To order our latest book contact (images in a previous blog).

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April 11th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Many are engaged in writing books and printing them/ Many desire to see their names in print/ Many read nothing but the race reports.                          

T.S. Eliot

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At a basic level this book is about orthodoxy and nonconformity. At a much more basic level it is a collection of 19 silkscreen prints bound japanese style with a paper cover, (16cmx21cm). There are short texts in a slightly liturgical style.

The prints are developments of wall drawings I did in a room at the Slade school in an intensive one week project. In retrospect I treated the room as a chapel, and the occupation of the room as a 16th century style land-seizure, except when I took over the room, nobody came to dispossess me, and I wasn’t struck down.

This is an edition of 13. Each copy costs £30. To buy it write to and we can arrange things by paypal or cheque or COD if you know me. Postage costs £1 in the UK, and £2 internationally.

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March 25th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


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Family Reunion

March 12th, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

eye0005.jpg Yesterday we went on the London Eye with my family. It was a day trip to spend time together before my Dad’s funeral.

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Working on the lining paper that will hold the Parideza edition together I created a screen I really loved and did an edition of 18 prints from it. They are of two images, and come in black and a kind of clay green I mixed, also loved, and have now sadly used up. The two images are 1) ‘self portrait standing on an urban fox’, and 2) ‘Charles Darwin standing on a South American fox’. One print costs £25, arrange purchase through: 

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State whether you want me or Darwin and if you want us in green or black. Both prints have a story. In Leipzig in Bach’s church we saw a lot of medieval sculptures standing on animals. Recently my Grandad’s death had given the foxes living opposite us on the roof of a shopping centre a new meaning; they were like souls waiting to be resurrected. Elusive as the dead. Charles Darwin records creeping up on a dim-witted fox and killing it with his geological hammer. The specimen is now in the Royal College of Surgeons.


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March 11th, 2006 | Posted by Ping Henningham in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

mrs ping*: Here I am popping my head above the parapet for the first time on our Henningham family blog. Well hello there.

 And happy lent to you all. My friend Jill has given up smoking, David Barnes has given up snacking again, and I have given up giving-up on writing, painful as keeping going is. Yes I’m on a (creative) writing fast which, being the opposite of what it sounds, means I must write something every fasting day, and therefore can’t give up as easily as I have been lately. A positive fast, designed to produce a body of work, as opposed to a negative one, which is used to prune the body and spirit. An idea I’ve borrowed from John Ringhofer who borrowed it from Daniel Smith who perhaps borrowed it from someone else? Either way, it’ll never find its way back to its original owner at the rate we’re passing it round. Thankfully ideas can be used simultaneously, and on different continents.

And how’s it going? My goodness, only 10 days in, ‘painful’ is still the word. As shocking as it always is to me when I try and learn something new, the spiritual exocisms of Lent is like turning up the gas on the hob. My only hope is that I will cook quicker.

Main mentor to Mrs Henningham this week has been Flannery O’Connor. A snippet from a letter for youse:

“I had to go and have my picture taken for the purposes of Harcourt, Brace. They were all bad. (The pictures.) The one I sent looked as if I had just bitten my grandmother and that this was one of my few pleasures, but all the rest were worse.”

Me and Flannery have also been enjoying The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco) and getting into the monkish mentality.

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Four silkscreen pages taken from our book ‘Nonconformist’. Release date 27th March 2006.

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Sadly we have to announce that my Dad died this morning, at about 5am. He was in the wonderful St. Francis Hospice, where he had been for a while. It was good that we have all been getting along so well these last few years in my family {we didn’t always}. And that he was at last ready to meet Jesus. We’ll miss him, but I feel that he will be up to date with my life for the next few years at least, he saw me get married and make my work. I’m looking forward to our resurrection. Will we seem the same age in our new bodies? Will we have a family resemblance? Until then, he will go on sleeping like he did for the last week, but much deeper. Do you dream when you are dead?

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