Monday, December 24, 2012

Xmoth Greetings

Down Under Books, 2012, by Deborah McMillion Nering
Made in Sketchbook Pro. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.
For Moth Woman Press, 2012 has ended on a very positive note. We are very proud to be part of BAZE, the current book and zine show at Hand Held Gallery. The opening was a huge success, with lots of visitors and sales.

Our most exotic visitor flew in all the way from Arizona in the US (see above). This glamourous moth-winged emissary was sent by my long distance friend Deborah McMillion Nering, an artist who creates extraordinary paintings on her iPad. Deborah is also remarkably well-versed in Australian literature and film, as evidenced by the names on the book spines, all witty moth-plays on their original titles. Over the last few months, Deborah and I have discovered that we have much in common, not the least of which is our mutual love of Lepidoptera. As Deborah signed off her first email to me in late July 2012, “I speak Moth.”

BAZE installation view. Photograph by Megan Herring
Des Cowley, Curator of Rare Books at the State Library of Victoria also dropped by and acquired our new zines Poker Faces and The Moth Woman Vigilantes UNMASKED for the permanent collection, as well as acquiring works from several other book artists. And Susan Millard from the University of Melbourne, Special Collections, also acquired work from a number of artists, including our Poker Faces and two older zines, Material Girls and The Little Black Hair Book.

Since my last post, there has been a change to the opening hours at Hand Held. The gallery will now be closing for a short break between Christmas and mid January. I’ve accordingly amended the hours listed in my previous post and elsewhere on MWP Blog.

And so another year draws to a close. Following a family Christmas in Melbourne, we’ll be having a short break at Ballarat. After that, I’ll be working in earnest towards my first solo artist’s book exhibition at Hand Held Gallery.

Moth Woman Press extends the Compliments of the Season to everyone who has dropped in during the year. We hope to see you again in 2013.