Intended for the Australian Bookplate Design Award 2020, it was a pleasure to work on from start to finish. Our cat Alice, a delightful companion during this year’s lockdowns, was my model for the feline figure. She’s pictured below closely examining the newly carved lino block. After printing, the block was hand-coloured with watercolour (see final photo). Measurements are 15 x 12.5 cm (image) on A4 sized paper.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Whilst my current bookplate designs are under development, here is an example of one I made several years ago. Based on a poem by Oscar Wilde and reproduced from one of my linocuts, the bookplate comes in packets of 20.
From this week, a limited number of Oscar Wilde bookplates will available through Playing in the Attic, 119a Sturt Street, Ballarat, Vic 3350. Phone: 0428 580 309. The shop also stocks a selection of Moth Woman Press books and zines and is open from Wednesday - Saturday.
The Facebook page of Playing in the Attic, which includes updates on opening hours during COVID-19, is HERE.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
I’ve always had a fascination for bookplates, and am about to begin one using the more traditional medium of linocut.
These digitally produced bookplates are essentially limbering-up exercises. They are still in the experimental stages, but I’m finding them quite soothing to work on, a welcome contrast to far more laborious, time-consuming projects, including the painting I’m currently working on, a triptych that’s likely to take a considerable time to resolve.
Friday, August 7, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
|Above and below: Cat’s Cradle, 2019, acrylic on wood and pigmented |
drawing ink on paper, 16.5 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm (closed)
Judges for the 2020 Awards are Robert Heather, Director of Advancement, Communications and Events at University of New England and Des Cowley, Principal Librarian, History of the Book and Arts at State Library of Victoria. The exhibition catalogue, including a full list of of finalists, is here:
Monday, February 24, 2020
We’re delighted to announce that the four MWP zines recently launched at the 2020 Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair (pictured top) are now available at Playing in the Attic in Ballarat. The shop has also stocked up on new copies of two old favourites, our books There was once...The collected fairy tales and Fallen Women.
Playing in the Attic
119a Sturt Street
Ballarat (VIC) 3350
Phone: 0428 580 309
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Monday, February 10, 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
‘The untold want by life and land ne'er granted
Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find.’
I’ll be at FOTP 2020 today, Sunday 9 February, from 12 – 5 pm. The proceeds of all our sales will be donated to Wildlife Victoria’s Victorian Bushfire Appeal: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/
Saturday, February 8, 2020
So you’ve reached the top of the Art World. Well, it sure doesn’t end there. In eight not-easy steps, Alice demonstrates how to sidestep the painful slide down that most slippery of slopes - and how to avoid getting splinters if you do. An essential instruction manual, Life at the Top of the Art World - a survival guide by Alice, (2020), is presented from the singular perspective of one who was catapulted into mega-stardom while still a kitten. Click on images to enlarge.
Initially Alice assumed a supervisory role in the production of her latest mini-zine, but before long, her contribution became more paws-on.
Friday, February 7, 2020
Alice has starred in no less than three Moth Woman Press mini-zines, including the eponymous Alice, (2019), a suite of eight pastoral scenes set to a poem, also titled Alice, by Christina Rossetti. The poem was penned way back in the nineteenth century, but the prophetic Rossetti clearly had our Alice in mind.
Moth Woman Press limited-edition mini-zines will be offered at the special FOTP 2020 price of $4.00, with all proceeds donated to Wildlife Victoria’s Victorian Bushfire Appeal: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Currently on the work table: Ghost Gums, a Moth Woman Press mini-zine in the process of creation for the 2020 STICKY INSTITUTE FESTIVAL OF THE PHOTOCOPIER ZINE FAIR, Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, 3051. You’ll find me and my zines there on Sunday 9 February from 12 – 5 pm.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
We'll be donating all proceeds of Moth Woman Press sales at FOTP 2020 to Wildlife Victoria’s Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
|Now Voyager, 2020 mini-zine (cover art)|
Moth Woman Press has hit the ground running in 2020. On Sunday 9 February we are participating in the legendary Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair, which this year will be held at Melbourne Meat Market. We are making four new zines especially for the event, including Now Voyager, the front cover of which is previewed above. A limited number of back-issues of Moth Woman Press publications will also be available.
In the light of the ongoing bushfire crisis, all proceeds from MWP zine sales will be donated to Wildlife Victoria’s Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Festival of the Photocopier 2020 is a two-day event. Moth Woman Press will be there on the second day, Sunday 9 February from 12 – 5 pm and we hope you will too.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
|A snapshot of my old studio. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).|
2019 has been an uncharacteristically slow year at Moth Woman Press, due to a series of back-to-back house moves. Over the past seven months, my partner, Shane Jones, and I sold our respective homes in Melbourne and Ballarat and have bought a house together in Ballarat East. Our new home is still a work in progress, but we're gradually getting there.
I look forward to sharing further news from the new centre of operations of Moth Woman Press, Ballarat, in the coming weeks.
Until then, Merry Chistmoth, everyone.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
|The Moth Woman Vigilantes, 2011, zine, edition of 80. Collection:|
State Library of Victoria. Photo credit: Paul Compton.
Pictured above: our limited edition zine, The Moth Woman Vigilantes, spotted by Paul Compton at Latrobe Regional Gallery in SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS, a touring exhibition from the State Library of Victoria.
The exhibition is ‘... presented by State Library Victoria in partnership with Sticky Institute, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians’.
- From the Latrobe Regional Gallery website.
SELF MADE opened on 10 August and runs to 10 November 2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
|Progeny, 2018, one-of-a-kind artist book; pigmented drawing ink,|
gouache and hand stitching with cloth binding, 16.5 x 91 cm (open)
If you happen to be in Perth, WA, you have until next Saturday, 21 September, to see BETWEEN THE SHEETS 2019 before it ends its run. In this exhibition, 70 works by 59 artists from 7 countries challenge notions of the traditional book. Makers include printmakers, photographers, architects, wordsmiths, textile artists, painters, sculptors, digital artists, and a glass artist.
Two of my artist books are included in the show, both of them one-of-a-kind: Progeny, 2018 (pictured top) and Firebrand, 2017.
In this extract from the catalogue essay, Paul Uhlmann, Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University describes ‘... the endless list of classifications; altered books; the book as unopenable object; livre de peintre (the beautiful painter’s book); the book as performance; the book as skin and body; the book as memory object; the book as archive; the book as concept and many more. Since my initial encounter, artists’ books have grown exponentially and become an international phenomenon; many attempts have been made to define the characteristics of an artist’s book; to tame it, to give it shape but an artist’s book – a book made by an artist – will defy classification, just as all artists strive to develop their own unique voice.’
To view individual works, accompanied by statements from the artists, go HERE.
BETWEEN THE SHEETS: ARTISTS BOOKS EXHIBITION 2019
12 Aberdeen Street,
Hours: 10 am - 4.45 pm weekdays
11 am- 4 pm Saturday
The exhibition runs until Saturday 21 September 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019
|Moth Woman Press publications at Moth Migration Project, Oak Hill|
Monday, July 29, 2019
Firebrand, 2017, one-of-a-kind artist book, pigmented drawing ink
and gouache with cloth binding, 16.5 x 91 cm (open)
Photo credit: Tim Gresham
Firebrand, 2017, is one of two of my artist books to be selected for BETWEEN THE SHEETS – ARTISTS’ BOOK EXHIBITION 2019. (The other is Progeny, 2018).
Pictured below: detailed views of Firebrand, followed by silhouetted back views of both books in the studio of photographer, Tim Gresham.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
|Tall Poppies (2013, unique artist book. Pigmented drawing ink|
on Khadi paper with cloth binding, 80 x 15 cm, open).
Collection: National Library of Australia
Monday, July 1, 2019
|Progeny, 2018, one-of-a-kind artist book, pigmented drawing ink,|
gouache and hand stitching with cloth binding, 16.5 x 91 cm (open)
Photo credit: Tim Gresham
I'm delighted to announce that for the third time running, my work will be part of the biennial artist book exhibition, BETWEEN THE SHEETS. This time round, Progeny (pictured top) and Firebrand, two of my one-of-a-kind artist books, have been selected.
Friday, June 7, 2019
|Lino blocks for Frankenstein's Women, 20 x 15 cm (each block)|
The blocks for Frankenstein's Women, my forthcoming artist book, are almost ready for the next stage, namely, printing.
For those who have been following the development of this project since it began life at Melbourne Athenaeum Library during a residency for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018, here is an overview of the work to date. (Click on images to enlarge).
As noted in my last post, the block for the title page of Frankenstein's Women (pictured third from top) was new and hadn't begun to harden. As a result, the surface was very brittle. In what turned out to be an ill-starred combination, my linocut tool, a Speedball with an interchangeable No. 1 cutter, was also new, but far from sharp, causing areas of the lino to crumble away during carving. For many years, I've found this particular cutter indispensable for producing very fine lines. Sadly, however, the current Speedball cutters are poorly made; they are blunt, rusty and frankly, shouldn't even be on the market.
There is hope for the future, however, thanks to my friend Paul Compton, who recently presented me with a most thoughtful and generous gift - the elegant linocut tool pictured directly below. I've never seen one like it before. According to the accompanying label, it's a 'TRAD SANKKAKUTO Vee Gouge'. Some of the blocks could use some minor tweaking; this tool cuts through them like butter.