We're busy preparing for a book launch next Sunday to celebrate the publication of a new title from Pania Press (the small imprint I run with Jack). The book is a collaboration between Jack and artist Emma Smith and includes translations by Jack of poems written by German poet Paul Celan (1920-70), which were included in letters written to his artist wife, Gisele. Emma has translated her reading of Celan's poetry into a suite of haunting images (see examples above), which are presented as two portfolios in the book. Although it's a departure from our usual style of handmade Pania Press book, it is a lovely production, designed by Brett Cross (Titus Books) and his partner, artist Ellen Portch.
The launch is taking place in Jack's parents gorgeous old fashioned backyard with Albertine roses flourishing along the fence and fruit trees in leaf. We thought it would be nice to exhibit Emma's drawings at the launch, and Jack's Dad has kindly agreed to let us use a little building on the property that was formerly his surgery.
Emma will hang her framed works in the yellow waiting room, where they will be available for sale for $250.00 each, and the small blue space through the sliding door will be used to display Pania Press stock, as well as a few bits and pieces from Mosehouse Studio, in case people want to do a spot of Christmas shopping (in addition to buying a copy of Celanie of course!).
An assortment of brooches
I'll post lots of pictures of the launch.
Fingers crossed for a sunny day!