Monday, September 16, 2019

Last days of BETWEEN THE SHEETS

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
Gallery Central,
12 Aberdeen Street,
Perth WA
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 Migration Project


Moth Woman Press publications at Moth Migration Project, Oak Hill
Gallery, Mornington

The well-travelled Moth Migration Project alights on Oak Hill Gallery this coming Sunday. In celebration of this and all things Moth, a selection of Moth Woman Press publications will be available for the duration of the show. Among them is There was once... the collected fairy tales, our illustrated anthology that includes The Story of the Moth Masks (also in zine form) The Moth Queen and the Wasp, The Moth and the Butterflies and Moth Eaten.

100 Mornington-Tyabb Rd
Mornington Vic 3931
Open daily 11 am - 4 pm
Phone:(03) 5973 4299

Moth Migration Project opens on Sunday 1st September from 2 - 4 pm and continues until 30th September.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Firebrand in BETWEEN THE SHEETS 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.






BETWEEN THE SHEETS 2019 
Gallery Central
Aberdeen Street
Perth WA 6000

The show runs from 29 August - 21 September.

For further information, go HERE.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tall Poppies in Canberra

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


Pictured top: installation view of Tall Poppies (2013) our vertical concertina book, snapped yesterday at the National Library of Australia along with reflected library visitors. Click on images for a clearer view.

Many thanks to Dr. Carole Wilson for the photos.

Monday, July 1, 2019

BETWEEN THE SHEETS 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 SHEETSThis time round, Progeny (pictured top) and Firebrand, two of my one-of-a-kind artist books, have been selected.

BETWEEN THE SHEETS - Artists' Books Exhibition 2019 is presented by Gallery East in conjunction with Gallery Central (North Metropolitan TAFE) in Perth, Western Australia. 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Australia
New South Wales: 
Lee Bethel; Caelli Jo Brooker; Lisa Giles; Avril Makula; Jane Simon; Yvette Sullivan; Marama Warren

Queensland: 
Dr. Rhi Johnson; Lorraine Lamothe; Sue Poggioli

South Australia:
Beth Evans

Victoria: 
Lyn Ashby; Alex Hamilton; Petr Herel; Debbie Hill; Deborah Klein; Lesley O'Gorman: Peter Ward

Western Australia: 
Gabriela Antonini; Susanna Castleden; Christopher Crouch;  Claire Davenhall; Martin Dickie; Robyn Foster; Shanti Gelmi; Louise Grimshaw; Chloe Henderson; Penny Hudson; Shana James;  Pam Langdon; Lesley Le Grove; Monica Lukowska; Elisa Markes-Young; Cherish Marrington; Jacky McFarlane; Clyde McGill; Shona McGregor; Melanie McKee; Dragicia Milunovic; Jánis Nedéla; Annette Nykiel; Marcella Polain; Layli Rakhsha; Sherry Paddon; Judy Rogers; Anne Shilo; Catherine Shultz;  Annette Seeman; Lydia Trethewey; Paul Uhlmann; Vanessa Wallace; Gera Woltjer

Brazil: 
Grupo Gralha Azul

Germany: 
Dorothea Fleiss

Italy: 
Virginia Milici

Latvia: 
Anda Munkevica

Lithunania: 
Kęstutis Vasiliūnas

United States of America: 
Cristina de Almeida

BETWEEN THE SHEETS – Artists' Books Exhibition 2019 
Gallery Central
Aberdeen Street
Perth WA 6000

The exhibition runs from 29 August – 21 September. 

Further details (including the possibility of touring to a second venue) will be provided nearer the time.

Friday, June 7, 2019

FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMEN - a progress report

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.




Saturday, May 11, 2019

FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMEN - frontispiece in progress


As promised, here is the recently completed block for the frontispiece to our imminent artist book, Frankenstein’s Women, followed by a series of earlier views that chart its progress.





The lino is considerably newer than the block on which the cover art was carved (see previous post). That had had time to harden a little and was far less inclined to crumble during carving. By comparison, this lino was far too soft and the areas that involved fine cutting, particularly the two lines of text at the base of the image, were inclined to chip away.

A handful of Frankenstein’s Women will be selectively hand-coloured in red - for example, the decorative comb and droplet on the necklace featured in the cover art and the earrings and upper text in this work.

The ten linocuts that make up the suite will be paired with texts by my ‘collaborator’ Mary Shelley, all of them chosen from her gothic novel, Frankenstein, first published on 1 January 1818 and every bit as relevant today.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Cover art for FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMEN

During the past week I've been working on the final two lino blocks for Frankenstein's Women, an artist book that has been under development since last year. The project, which focuses on the women in Mary Shelley's gothic novel, Frankenstein, had its genesis during a residency at Melbourne Athenaeum Library for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018.

Directly below are a series of progress views of the cover art, followed by two details of the work. Cutting the lettering was a particular challenge.

Selected progress views of the block for the frontispiece to Frankenstein's Women will be published in our next post.






Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Moth Woman Press joins Regional Arts Australia at Clunes Booktown


In recent months, Regional Arts Australia invited regional, remote and rural authors, artists and arts organisations to submit expressions of interest for their publications to be included on the Regional Arts Australia stall at Clunes Booktown Festival, Victoria on 4-5 May.

Moth Woman Press are delighted to announce that we are among those whose publications were selected (see top).

The organisations and individuals represented at Regional Arts Australia’s stand this coming weekend are:
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Paul Burman
Suzanne Cherry
Lee Clayton
Cordite Publishing
Eyre Writers Inc
Don Edgar
Vanessa Forsyth
Darry Fraser
Mary Rose Gudzenovs
Diane Hester
Annabelle Hickson
Alana Hunt
Laura Keogh
Deborah Klein (Moth Woman Press)
Sarah Larsen
Hayley Lawrence
Doreen Lyon
Ken Mackay
Natalie Mooney
Leonie Norrington
Aileen Pluker
Ptilotus Press
Christina Raaymakers
Lindy Schneider
VK Tritschler
Joanne Van Leerdam
Helen Van Rooijen
Warmun Art Centre
Bill Wilkie
Heather Whitford Roche

Monday, April 29, 2019

SELF-MADE at Tweed Regional Gallery


The latest leg of Self-made: zines and artist books opened at Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW, on 1 March. This State Library of Victoria touring exhibition includes two Moth Woman Press zines, The Moth Woman Vigilantes and Tattooed Faces. 

Self-made runs until 19 May.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Homo-insecta fly to Spain


In a year that’s currently dominated by moving house, if only from Melbourne to Ballarat, five Moth Woman Press zines are travelling somewhat farther afield. A full set of Homo-insecta mini-zines (Volumes 1 - 5) is heading for Vitoria-Gasteiz, the seat of government and capital city of the Basque Country in northern Spain. 

Our thanks to Trudy Mclaughlin at Playing in the Attic, Ballarat, for sending them on their way. The Homo-insecta series and other MWP publications are also available at the splendid

Playing in the Attic
119a Sturt Street
Ballarat
Victoria 3350
Australia 
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4pm
Phone: 0428580309
Email: trudymac@bigpond.com.au

Melbourne Athenaeum Library reopens


Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been closed for a couple of months after a section of its ceiling collapsed, requiring substantial repair and conservation work. Against all odds, the damage to books was relatively minimal.

My worktable was set up in the same area for the majority of my term as artist-in-residence in 2018:


Last week, to the delight of its devoted members, Melbourne Athenaeum Library celebrated its reopening with an informal gathering, held directly after the AGM.


It was good to see my artist book, Leaves of Absence, on display. Launched at the library in late 2017, it was acquired for the permanent collection in 2018.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Frankenstein's Women: title page and cover art


My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed — my dearest pleasure when free.
(Mary Shelley’s introduction to Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, 1831).

Pictured above are progress views of the blocks for the title page and cover image of Frankenstein’s Women, a forthcoming artist book focusing on the peripheral female characters in Shelley’s enduringly influential gothic novel. 

The project began last July when I undertook a residency at Melbourne Athenaeum Library as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018.

With the end of the project firmly in sight, I’ve been feeling a little like Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Looking Glass Land as I add text to the lino in mirror writing. (Click on images to enlarge).

Friday, March 1, 2019

ALICE (Part 2)


Featured in this post are page views of our latest Moth Woman Press publication, Alice, a mini-zine jointly inspired by a children's poem by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti and our cat, Alice. (See previous post).

It feels like Rossetti has reached across the centuries to pen this verse for our little Alice, so aptly does it describe her.


Despite the poem's references to hilltops and flowering valleys, all the photos in the Alice zine were taken in our back garden at Ballarat. It's one of Alice's favourite haunts - and she really does regard our 'cottage' as a palace.

(Click on images for a clearer view).




Copies of Alice are now available at Playing in the Attic in Ballarat. The zine retails for $4.00 and is limited to an edition of 60.



Pictured above in Playing in the Attic: Bev Murray, our houseguest from London and one of my oldest friends, peruses Moth Woman Press publications.

Playing in the Attic
119a Sturt Street
Ballarat Victoria 3350
AUSTRALIA

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4pm
Phone: 0428580309
Email: trudymac@bigpond.com.au

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ALICE - a new zine


Recently I was rummaging around in a second-hand market in Smythesdale, a small town several kilometres from our Ballarat home, and came across a vintage poetry book intended for very young readers. It was somewhat the worse for wear, but the simple illustrations scattered through it were enchanting and, as if by magic, the little book initially opened onto a poem by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) titled Alice.

As visitors to Moth Woman Press may be aware, this just happens to be the name of our much-loved cat, already the subject of an earlier MWP zine, Alice's Wonderland ( 2018). Although Rossetti's poem was written two centuries ago, it captures our 'Merry little Alice' with uncanny accuracy.


After tending the princessly sum of 50 cents to the proprietor, the book was mine. 

I'm constantly photographing Alice, and among the images I've accumulated lately, found several that matched Rossetti's verse surprisingly well (aside from the reference to lambkins). Despite resolving to place all zine-making on temporary hold in order to concentrate on a major painting project, I couldn’t resist the temptation to combine Rossetti’s prophetic, endearingly daggy words with my photos in the cut and folded mini-zine previewed here.



The zine is a limited edition of 60. It is available for purchase at the delightful Playing in the Attic in Ballarat for $4.00. Further details, including individual page views, will feature in our next post.