Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Pania Press had an impromptu outing in the weekend when we were given the opportunity to make a small display of our books in a print fair being run as part of the St Paul St Gallery's 2011 Print Season. Although we don't have a lot of stock at the moment, I fleshed out the display with some of my paper models, which proved to be very popular with the kids. It was mighty nice to share the Symonds St Gallery space with the Adam Art Gallery, Enjoy Gallery, St Paul St, Artspace, Cherry Bomb Comics, and Alphabet City, among others. Here's a Show and Tell of a selection of the publications I swapped and bought during the event.
The top image is cropped from a poster/catalogue designed by Jonty Valentine and produced by St Paul St Gallery in 2005 for Stella Brennan's exhibition Wet Social Sculpture. What a brilliant aerial photograph of suburbia with all the gorgeous blue swimming pools in all kinds of geometric shapes.
From the same table I gathered up a selection of free postcards relating to the forthcoming Sightseeing exhibition, curated by Hanna Scott, that opens at AUT's St Paul St Gallery on 7 April and runs until 29 April. The idea is that we take a postcard, write something on it, and send it back to the Gallery. The completed cards will then be displayed in the exhibition.
And last but not least, here's a great photo of Alex Wild minding the Cherry Bomb comics table and shamelessly promoting her book The Constant Losers published by Titus Books in September 2010 and already into its second print run. Alex even typed up and xeroxed an A6 zine that morning to pitch her book to visitors. A very impressive and effective exercise in self-promotion.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friends of ours are having a baby girl in a couple of months time, so I've been thinking about what 'welcome to the world' prezzie I'd like to give her. Books seemed like the best option, so for my second project using large print fabrics I've made a sturdy book bag with her name embroidered on it, and I've filled the bag with a selection of books to get Rita's library off to a good start. Here are a few of them:
Our Dad was very fond of reading us sad stories - 'little tear-jerkers' as he called them. His favourites were Oscar Wilde's stories, 'The Selfish Giant' and The Happy Prince', and just thinking about those stories still brings a tear to my eye. But perhaps the story that resonated most powerfully with me, my brothers and sister, was The Lorax by Dr Seuss.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
For my first 'large print' project I reused the cane handles from a worn linen knitting bag and gave the bag a new lease of life. I used the leaf print fabric, lined it with cream coloured cotton, and added a handy inside pocket. The bag goes really well with the string of chunky wallpaper beads I made last year and my favourite woven scarf.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Something about this experiment pleases me. Maybe it's the simplicity of it - the fact that the woven felt strips hold themselves in place without the need for stitches. I haven't figured out the 'what' or 'why' of weaving with felt yet, but I think that if I saw a cushion made out of four joined squares like this, or even a big winter tote bag slung over someone's shoulder, I'd be intrigued and want to take a closer look. Anyway, it's definitely worth a bit more experimentation.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I noticed that my handmade card supply was getting low this week, so I topped it up with a batch of cards made from textured Canson cardstock in assorted colours. Instead of my usual collage technique, I decided to make vertical and horizontal slits in the card and weave thick and thin strips of card through them to make intersecting areas with contrasting colours. I'd quite like to try something similar with felt...
Have a lovely Sunday.