Julian Dashper's drawing/collage Blue Cross at Smith's Bookshop captures something of the friendly chaos that welcomed visitors as they stepped off the footpath of Manchester street and into one of Christchurch's most well-known and best-loved bookstores.
Smith's Bookshop is where Julian showed The Anguses, a site specific big beat drum kit tribute to Rita Angus in 1992. The work was to later become part of the Big Bang Theory, now in the Chartwell Collection. It was the first artwork I had seen by Julian and, as a drummer, I was completely won over.
In 2007 I was lucky enough to revisit Smith's Bookshop with Julian when we spent an afternoon visiting Christchurch galleries. My most treasured purchase from Smith's is not some rare second-hand first-edition but rather a brand new copy of Julian's Big Bang Theory catalogue, which he kindly signed for me back in 1992.