Postcard Exchange

I recently sent off ten postcard prints to Adelaide for an exchange organised by the Bittondi Printmakers Association. Each artist will receive eight prints in return, one will be archived in the growing Bittondi collection, and one will be exhibited at Red Poles Gallery in McLaren Vale, opening today. All the exhibited prints are for sale, with all proceeds going to the Free the Bears charity.

My print is featured on the invitation above, top row, second from left. Spiral Down is a hand printed linocut on Gampi silk tissue, with hand stitching and paper cutting. There are two layers of tissue, the purple leaves underneath and the green on top. There's also an abstract mono print on the thick cotton rag paper (yellow) that I added before stitching all the layers together with embroidery thread.

I looked at the plight of the Yarra Gum (Eucalyptus yarraensis) which grows along the suburban stretches of the Dandenong Creek, competing with weeds and housing development.

The Bittondi Printmakers studio (where I had the pleasure of printing for three weeks earlier this year) is on the grounds of the Aberfoyle Park High School, and twenty one of its students have contributed prints to this exchange. There's an article on Weekend Notes with some more details here.

Thanks to Mary Pulford for all her hard work, and the Bittondi Printmakers for this hugely successful exchange. I can't wait to get my set of prints.

Image details, artists (to the best of my knowledge...) from left to right:
Kay Walker, Elizabeth Banfield, Vicki Hunter, ---, Mary Pulford
---, Bodil Creasey, Penny Peckham

Bookmarks XII

The photographs of the bookmarks I created earlier in the year are now up on the website, and the exhibitions are about to open.

The series aims to encourage appreciation of artist books and was begun 12 years ago by Sarah Bodman of the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks to give away through distribution boxes at venues around the world.

The bookmarks are divided into 100 sets; one full set remaining in the CFPR Archive, one being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating host venues around the world, for visitors to take.

See below for links to the website (photographs, statements and details, 52 artists), and links to the 10 venues where the works can be seen (and taken).

Centre for Fine Print Research, Bookmarks - follow the links to Bookmarks XII, and all the previous sets

My posts about the printing of the bookmarks:
                          first step
                          second step
                          third step
                          final step

Venues for Bookmarks XII
22nd September 2014 to 22nd February 2015:

Karingallery, 1/4 James Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada
John M. Flaxman Library Special Collections, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, U.S.A.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Avenue S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
Edinburgh College of Art Library, Evolution House, West Port, Edinburgh, Scotland
Robert Smail's Printing Works, 7-9 High Street, Innerleithen, Scotland
Much Ado Books, 8 West Street, Alfriston, East Sussex, England
Bergen Public Library, Strømgaten 6, Bergen, Norway
KHiB Library, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Vaskerelven 8, Bergen, Norway
Kalvatræet Literature HouseRøldal, Norway

Finalist - 2014 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

My little book Charcoal, Volumes 1 and 2 was selected as a finalist in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Awards. (each volume is 15cm x 35cm x 10cm when open)

It's a well travelled little set, which started out as part of my Forest of Ambiguity show in the Port Jackson Press Little Window of Opportunity. It went on to be in the New Ground show at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Arts Centre, then to Swan Hill for the Print and Drawing Awards...and now across to the other side of the country to the Fremantle Arts Centre.

I've written a little about its inspiration here when it was exhibited in Swan Hill.

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2014
Opening Celebration and Announcement of Prizes and Acquisitions
25th September 6.30pm

Exhibition Dates: 26th September to 16th November
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street
Western Australia 

Open 7 days 10am to 5pm
free admission

Finalist - 2014 Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints

My new print drowning (letter no.16) has been selected for the Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints, the exhibition of selected works opens on Friday the 5th of September.

My piece is made up of 5 panels, and each one is 58cm x 25cm (detail pictured above). All are printed on Gampi Silk Tissue. Each panel has two layers of tissue, printed in semi-translucent blue for the front layer, and the same block printed in black for the back. They are each stitched together at the top with blue embroidery thread to a supporting strip of etching paper. The work will be exhibited unframed, allowing it to shimmer and flutter a little in the air conditioning.

Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints
Glen Eira City Council Gallery
Corner of Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads
Caulfield 3162

Exhibition dates: 
6th to 21st of September
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Opening and announcement of winners and acquisitions:
6pm to 8pm
Friday 5th of September 2014