Bespoke: Design for the People
Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra
November 14, 2014 to November 2015.
In collaboration with Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and the Museum of Australian Democracy, five artists have responded to the furniture that was designed for the people who worked in and visited Parliament House. Focusing on the designs, craftsmanship, details, materials and signs of use, the artists have taken a fresh look at the rich heritage of our furniture collection.
Photographer Mark Nolan, Chalk Studio.
BE SPOKEN TO is a text-based site-specific installation which engages in a playful way with the eight wooden signs in the MoAD ‘Sign Room’ at Old Parliament House. It has two elements: a ‘companion’ cluster of eight signs, and a wall-hung framed poem. Continue reading
The short answer lies here.
This is a year that is making a lot of people angry, on both sides of politics. Last week I got so angry that I was going to burst if I didn’t do something about it. I’ve felt like that before, and that’s how Arsehattery came into existence. That particularly satisfying word, arsehattery, was brought to my attention by Crazybrave, who is not (alas) blogging about political matters anymore, but is happily tweeting like crazy (I don’t, but I do get to experience her in person, lucky me). So when I got as Mad As Hell And Was Not Going To Sit Still Anymore, I consulted with her about some more fun words to express how I, we, perhaps you, are feeling.
This is the prude version, with a modicum of sensitivity, but there is a gross of the uncensored version (containing the full YOU) printed as well, because I liked the word gross in this context. Limited edition, unnumbered, unsigned. Make it your own. Put it public places, prepare to have it ripped down.
Handset letterpress printed in blue-black ink on 105gsm Centennial Cream stock, 655 x 350mm. Edition of 144 (gross edition), plus an edition of c. 70 (ladies’ edition).
Price: $20 including postage anywhere in Australia, extra copies in same mailing $10 ea. International purchasers please contact me with destination and I will quote you a total.
Purchase is by emailing me directly, and payment is via Paypal (ampersand duck at gmail dot com, close up all spaces and do the symbols) or cash.
Revelation was one of those poems that grabbed me by the throat the first time I read it. It was in an anthology of poems about Sydney, and was right at the back. I knew I wanted to print it, and set about finding the poet. Usually that’s a pretty straightforward process, but this time it wasn’t. Continue reading
Craft ACT in Canberra has two galleries and another, smaller space that they call the Crucible Space: essentially just two shelves set into a wall in the foyer outside the gallery. Miniaturist and collector Anna-Maria Sviatko, while doing an internship at Craft ACT, hit upon the notion of turning the two shelves into a two-tiered miniature craft gallery at 1:12 scale. The result was Call of the Small, an exhibition of (to quote my personal blog) teeny-tiny craft works, made very seriously by serious craftspeople. Continue reading
In August and September 2010, I was Printer in Residence at the Otakou Press, which resides at the University of Otago Library in Dunedin, NZ. Continue reading
Written live from my 2010 residency:
Twenty years ago, I visited Dunedin for a couple of days on a NZ touring holiday and loved it at first sight. I always hoped to get back here, and every time John Howard threatened to win an election, I would joke with my friends and family that I’d move to Dunedin if he did. I was getting quite serious when Kevin Rudd saved the day. Now I’ve made it back, thanks to a brilliant residency opportunity, and I’m telling people that if Tony Abbott wins, I may not go back to Australia. I’m getting quite serious about it. Continue reading
In 2009 I spent some time thinking about what I really wanted to do with letterpress. I’d printed two fine press volumes, the kind of books that I’d always wanted to make, but they’d taken me three years to achieve amidst all my work and family commitments, and that’s not very good business. Plus, I’d tried to do every part of the process myself: planning, negotiating, designing, setting, printing, binding, publicity, sales. And that’s just exhausting.I do intend to make more fine press books, but they’ll be smaller editions, and far less ambitious. Continue reading
3 Chords and the Truth: Art Inspired by Music
31 March to 11 April 2010
ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson ACT Continue reading