Monday, August 03, 2009

Faeries


These extraordinary little pieces are sculpted by artist and musician Ged Casserley. I think they're great, though maybe not for the faint hearted. Ged tells me he uses bits of actual insects in their construction - wings, legs, feet. Presumably these are insects that have lived a full and productive life, and died a natural death, before Ged gets his hands on them. Remarkably steady hands he must have too, in order to manipulate such tiny objects.




Here's a link to more of Ged's work, at the online Saatchi Gallery: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile//82326.html




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9 comments:

Mr Vincent said...

Hello Steve,

On a new note, I have a copy of your new book and am just about to read it.

Very excited about this.

Steve Augarde said...

Hi Mr Vincent. I assume you mean Winter Wood? Hope you like it!

Mr Vincent said...

Hi Steve,

I have a M.S copy of X isle.
I am about 200 pages in and will do review for it by Sunday for you.

All the best.

Vincent

Steve Augarde said...

Blimey, you're quick off the mark! How did you get hold of that? I'm guessing it must be an uncorrected proof copy, because I only did the final FINAL edits a few days ago.

Anyway, I'd be delighted to hear what you think of it.

Mr Vincent said...

Hello Steve,

It's A5 bound paper manuscript.

It was sent to me last week but I really had to plead with them (for months) to get a copy!

Are there any major changes to the text since this edition?
So far, the book is living up to all of my expectations.
All the best.

Vincent

Steve Augarde said...

The original printed proof copy, from which I worked, is set in quite a large typeface and runs to about 600 pages. The finished book will be reset in smaller type so that it ends up being around 400 pages, I think.

No major structural changes at this stage, but there were many small edits - mostly to dialogue. Had to tone down the language, whilst stll trying to keep it realistic.

Hand corrected proofs are usually of interest to private collectors, and I expect that's where my original for X Isle will go. But the copy you hold is also very rare, and probably worth a bit on ebay!

I'm very glad, and relieved, that you're enjoying the book. As far as I know yours will be the first public review. Always an anxious time...

Mr Vincent said...

Hello Steve,

The wait is over and the review is up on my website.

I have also left a cheeky hint within the review, can you spot it?

Just to let you know that the copy I have will never see ebay or enter another dealer's hands. It will have a proud place within my collection. Regarding your edited copy, as a fan I would be interested, so keep me posted.

Let me know what you think of the review.

Steve Augarde said...

Wow! That's a wonderful first review, Vincent - couldn't have hoped for better. If other readers and critics feel the same way, then I shall be delighted. After the Touchstone Trilogy I'm not sure what people will expect - more of the same possibly - and X Isle is a big break from that kind of fantasy. It's great to know that at least one reader hasn't been disappointed!

I shall certainly put a link up here. If you get the chance you might think of pasting your thoughts into the review sections at Borders, Amazon etc. It really does help.

Steve Augarde said...

PS. Yes, your 'cheeky hint' jumped straight out at me. I don't think it's a spoiler though. Hope not.