Hello and welcome
It’s lovely to see you here. Below you’ll find the latest news about what’s happening in &Duck world. Click on WORK WRITING (menu, above) to see posts about my work and activities (they are listed in order of date like a normal blog, but there are categories & tags in the sidebar to help you find the things you’re interested in) or check the LIST OF WORKS (menu) to see what’s been added, or have a look at the galleries (sidebar) to see images. You can also follow the Ampersand Duck Facebook page for more immediate updates.
In a vague attempt to be more immediate with my news, I have started an e-newsletter. To subscribe, pop over to my Contact page. I’m going to use it for updates on events and classes. Even if I already have your email and should be emailing you more often, add yourself to the list, because I can’t upload my contacts into it (which is a Good Thing, I think).
100%: BOOKS BY CANBERRA ARTISTS
Curated by Ampersand Duck
11 April to 28 April, 2013
Watson Arts Centre, Watson, Canberra
Opening 6pm 11 April by Peter Haynes (curator, writer)
Booking your travel: Making journeys into artist’s books
1-5 July, 2013, Sturt Winter School, Mittagong NSW
Traveling usually leaves people with lots of ephemeral reminders like tickets, receipts, packaging and photographs. It’s very hard to throw these things out, so they end up in boxes somewhere out of sight. However, they are fabulous for making artists’ books: either making sculptural works from the materials themselves or using them as a starting point for something more narrative and traditionally book-like.
Whether you have plans to go travelling and want a unique journal to take with you, or you have years of travelling memorabilia tucked away, this course is definitely for you! It will combine technical instruction in a number of traditional and alternative bookbinding structures with personal customisation to ensure that your memories come out of those boxes and onto your shelves.
Ampersand Duck will be featured in the upcoming issue 31 of Matrix journal, published by the Whittington Press in the UK. A tip-in print was printed especially to accompany an article written by Andrew Schuller. Matrix emerges annually, and is one of the last journals to be printed wholly with lead type. There is no concrete release date for the issue yet, it will be done when it is done: an attitude &Duck admires.
The latest batch of EASS residents are hanging about the studio periodically.
My summer project for 2012 was to sort and catalogue all of the type in my studio, and I printed a type sampler so that I can show visitors and clients what I can use — and to make life easier for myself! I’ve scanned and mounted it online here, and there are a limited number of hard copies for sale.
In 2012 Ampersand Duck won second prize in the 2012 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, supported by Little Creatures Brewing, with the work Discontent. While the $5,000 prize is non-acquisitive, the Little Creatures collection also purchased the work for the archives. The first prize was won by Lucas Ihlein and Ian Milliss of Big Fag Press in Sydney, so really the overall winner was OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY! Take a bow, OT.
There’s more things coming along all the time, so keep checking back here for updates! (Or subscribe to the newsletter.)