show and tell Tuesday

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.

This is my wonderful and stylish sister Therese, the administrator at Victoria University's Adam Art Gallery, sorting out a display of the Adam's beautifully designed, high-end publications.

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.

Being a sucker for all things baking related, I couldn't resist buying a vintage fabric covered recipe book  from the display put together by Bopha from Wellington's Enjoy Public Gallery. I really like the unpretentious and low-grade design of Enjoy's catalogues. I also bought a nice Ben Buchanan catalogue with a silver screen printed cover.

This is a little stash of letterpress postcards and bus ticket zines with cute eraser prints that I bought  from two lovely ladies from Alphabet City. They are opening up a bricks and mortar business in a few weeks time where they will be selling hand printed goodies as well as running letterpress classes. One night a month they will be having a letter writing group where folk can come along and write letters on beautiful handprinted stationery. Doesn't that sound charming. When I asked for a businees card they typed one up on the spot for me and I heard their little typewriter tapping away throughout the day - a promising indicator that their small business is off to a great start.

A few other zines caught my eye and made their way home with me before the first day was over. An anthology of twisted fairy tales by emergent writers and artists, edited by Emily Starrett Wright, was a must have, of course.

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.


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