Saturday, March 17, 2018

RAW at Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018

A personal highlight of yesterday, Day 1 of Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018 at NGV International, was taking part in the panel discussion, Regional Arts Words (RAW), hosted by Regional Arts Australia. I’m on the far right, pictured with (L - R) Mary Jane Warfield, Manager, Regional Arts Fund/Regional Arts Australia, and fellow panelists, photographer Angela Rivas and writer Lindy Schneider. Our books are available from the Regional Arts Australia stand throughout the weekend. Photo credit for images 1 and 2: Shane Jones.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Moth Woman Press on the move

A copy of Leaves of Absence (2017), our unbound artist book, has just been reserved by the State Library of Victoria. The book is pictured below in our Abbotsford study. Shortly thereafter it was packaged up in readiness for delivery to the library, where it was placed in the capable hands of Des Cowley, History of the Book Manager/Collection Development and Discovery.

Meanwhile, as previously announced, next Friday, 16 March, between 2.30 - 3.15 pm, I'm participating in Regional Arts Words (RAW), a panel discussion hosted by Regional Arts Australia at Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018. My contribution will include a show and tell of Leaves of Absence, a project that sprung unexpectedly to life during a walk in Newstead Forest in the Victorian goldfields. 

As I write, the presses are rolling for Fallen Women, the little book we've made especially for the book fair. Early this week we okayed the final proofs and mockup (pictured below). Fallen Women contains a selection of works that were made subsequent to Leaves of Absence, preceded by a short fairy tale. Although it's a stand alone publication, Fallen Women is the key that unlocks the secret of the mysterious Shadow Women in Leaves of Absence. The book will be available from the Regional Arts Australia stand and I'll have some extra copies with me at the RAW talk.

RAW will be the sole voice of Australian regional arts at the book fair, so do come along if you can.

For full details of RAW and Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018, scroll down to our last post.

In further news, the State Library of Victoria/Sticky Institute show Self-made: Zines and Artist Books continues its run, opening today, 9 March, at Bunjil Place. Included in the exhibition are Moth Woman Press zines Tattooed Faces and Moth Woman Vigilantes. Self-made runs until 29 April. For full details, go HERE.

An installation view is directly below. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FALLEN WOMEN, a new book for Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018

As reported in our previous post, Regional Arts Australia have invited me to participate in Regional Arts Words (RAW), a panel discussion they are hosting during Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018. 

To mark the occasion, a new book, Fallen Women, is currently in the making. Its front cover is previewed above. 

Fallen Women will be available at the Regional Arts Australia stand throughout the book fair. Full details of the publication will be provided shortly.

The Great Hall 
Friday 16 March 2.30 - 3.15 pm

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018 runs from Friday 16 March - Sunday 18 March.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Leaves of Absence, artist book, 2017
 31 archival pigment prints in Solander box 32.5 (H) x 25.5 (W) x 4 cm (D)
Edition: 10 & one artist proof

The annual Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria is nearly upon us. 

As part of their participation in Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018, Regional Arts Australia are hosting a panel discussion with three artists who work in regional Australia. It will take place on Friday 16 March from 2.30 - 3.15 pm. 

I’m delighted to have been invited to sit on the panel, which will discuss artistic practice, publications and the benefits and challenges of working regionally.

The panel will be facilitated by Mary Jane Warfield, Regional Arts Fund Manager/Regional Arts Australia. My fellow speakers are Lindy Schneider and Angela Rivas. 

Among the publications on display will be Leaves of Absence, (2017), the first of my artist books to draw its subject matter entirely from my regional base in the Victorian Goldfields.

For complete details, go HERE.

The Facebook event page is HERE

To view the full program, go HERE.

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018 runs from Friday 16 March - Sunday 18 March.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fallen Women

Leaf-by-leaf views of Fallen Women, a sixteen page zine created for last Sunday's superlative Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair (see previous three posts).

In Fallen Women, the secret of the ghostly Shadow Women of Newstead Forest is at least revealed. The zine is a signed and numbered limited edition of 100 and retails for $6.00.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alice's Wonderland page by page

No question about it - for MWP, our eight-page mini-zine Alice's Wonderland was the runaway success of last Sunday's Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair. For those who were unable to join us, here it is. The zine is dedicated to Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, who are directly responsible for bringing Alice into our lives. (See Blog Post Thursday, February 8, or click HERE).

Alice's Wonderland is a signed, limited edition of 100 and retails for $4.00.

Monday, February 12, 2018

FOTP2018: It's a wrap

L-R: myself, Gracia Haby, Theo Strasser and
Louise Jennison

In the blinking of an eye, or so it seems, the Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair is over for another year. As always, it was a blast, and brilliantly organised by Sticky Institute. We simply don’t know how they do it and make it all appear so effortless. Shane Jones and I met up with a steady stream of terrific people and couldn’t have wished for finer zine stall neighbours than Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison and Theo Strasser.

Directly following is an overview, as seen from the Moth Woman Press stand and environs.

Heartiest thanks to the hordes of people who attended and to our magnanimous hosts, Sticky Institute and Melbourne Town Hall. 

See you all again in 2019.

From top: zines by Theo Strasser, Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison
and Moth Woman Press

Detail of the Moth Woman Press stand

Theo, Louise and Gracia

L-R: Elaine Haby, Peter Haby and Gracia Haby

Maria Colaidis and Theo Strasser

Monica Syrette and Des Cowley

L-R: myself, Priscilla Ambrosini and Shane Jones

L-R: Pictured with Mister Evergreen, Tyler and Tyson, who filmed
a brief segment on our MWP zines for a forthcoming documentary

Sunday, February 11, 2018

FOTP2018 Stowaway

Alice’s plans to join us for this afternoon’s Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair at Melbourne Town Hall are about to be thwarted. She’ll be there in spirit, however, in her very first zine, Alice’s Wonderland (made with a little help from me). 

I’ll be at the Moth Woman Press stall from 12 - 5 pm with that and other MWP publications, feeling mighty thankful that the heatwave has ended. If you're in the area, do drop by and say hello.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

FOTP2018 #3: Alice's Wonderland

I have to admit that the third of three zines set to debut at next Sunday's Festival of the Photocopier is the one that's closest to my heart. Followers of my Art Blog will be aware that late last year my partner Shane Jones and I adopted a rescue kitten.

We're forever indebted to our friends and fellow zinesters Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison (who have a furry household of their own, and regularly foster cats for the RSPCA) for rescuing the kitten now known as Alice, her brother and their father from a tightly taped box with no air holes and taking them to the Lost Cat's Home.

The rest of the little family were adopted fairly soon, but it seemed that nobody wanted Alice. Gracia helpfully posted a photo of the orphan on social media, and I found I couldn't get that little face with its wide, inquisitive eyes and glorious Groucho Marx moustache out of my head. Minutes after meeting her for the first time, we recognised her zest for life and a gift for comedy to equal the great Groucho's.

Despite a rocky start in life, Alice finds everything in her world simply wonderful. And so a humble duster becomes a much-loved toy (a far more durable one than her more conventional toys) and a weather-beaten set of wind chimes a musical punching bag.

Alice's Wonderland will be documented more fully in a future post. But there's no need to wait until then. If you're in Melbourne this coming Sunday, 11 February, join the throng at Melbourne Town Hall for the annual Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair and grab yourself a copy. The fair runs between midday and 5 pm. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FOTP2018 #2: The leaves, like women, interchange

This, the second of three zines created for the 2018 Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair, (aka FOTP2018) marks my fourth “collaboration” with American poet Emily Dickinson. (The other three, Who are You?, Alabaster Chambers and Her own Society are HERE and HERE.)

In our latest zine, Dickinson’s short poem, The leaves, like women, interchange, is matched with seven Shadow Women of Newstead Forest, adding a layer of meaning to the imagery that isn’t too far removed from its original context. 

The new zines, together with a selection from our back catalogue, will be available at the Moth Woman Press Stand.

2018 Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair
Melbourne Town Hall
Sunday 11 February 12 - 5 pm.

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair

It’s that time of year again. The legendary Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair is less than a week away and here at Moth Woman Press we’re all abuzz putting the finishing touches to three new publications. This is one of them.

As outlined in our last post, Fallen Women has a more complex structure to our more familiar eight-page mini-zines. Its sixteen pages (fifteen illustrations in full colour, prefaced by a brief introductory essay) enable us to focus in more depth than ever before on the folkloric Shadow Women of Newstead Forest.

The Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair takes place at Melbourne Town Hall next Sunday, 11 February and runs from 12 - 5 pm.

For a full rundown of Festival of the Photocopier events, go HERE: