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
Helani Laisk and Jon Webster were the 2011 ANU EASS Ampersand Duck Broadside residents. I tend to write about them together, because they worked in the studio in the same time period, on different days, and they are good friends who went through art school together. However, they are very separate individuals in their art practices and the results of their printing time, despite using some similar processes, are very different and entirely filled with their own personalities. Continue reading
Dear Lady is a very personal little piece, something that has been nagging at me for a long time, and I love that it’s finally in the world. Books are like that sometimes. Continue reading
Inspired by type samplers I’ve seen over the years, I decided to create one for my collection.
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The hard copy is 240 x 92mm, printed on two weights of Kraft paper and hand-sewn in a horizontal format. If you would like to purchase a copy, wave your mouse over the top of this page to find the red drop-down Duckshop link. Or contact me directly.
For images of the production, have a look at my letterpress flickr set. For the story of its production, click here.
Building up a letterpress studio with minimal funds is a slow process that often depends upon luck and opportunity. It’s a lot easier when people are aware that you exist; I get offered type and machines regularly now, but when I first started it was a very different scenario.
After saying that I would never produce cards or other commercial stationery, I have succumbed to the dark side… not by money, although that would be awfully useful in these tense and tight commercial times, but by the concept proposed to me. 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
Artist’s book. BFK Rives White 250gsm paper, watercolour, thread. Text (from a song by Machine Translations) produced using wood type letterpress. A set of two concertina books. Continue reading