Monday, September 25, 2017


The Moth Woman Press stall at TONERPALOOZA II. Photo credit: Shane Jones

It was terrific seeing so many familiar faces among visitors and stall holders alike on day two of the splendid TONERPALOOZA II zine fair, which ran over the past weekend (see previous two posts and Blog Post September 8). We met some lovely people and, thanks to our hosts with the mostest, Sticky Institute and the State Library of Victoria, it all ran like clockwork and we had a ball. Thanks also to Shane Jones for invaluable zine stall assistance.

L - R: Miranda Costa and myself. Photo credit: Shane Jones

Photo credit: Shane Jones

My able assistant, Shane Jones, with TONERPALOOZA II participant, Miranda Costa

Fellow zinesters Gracia and Louise (left) and Miranda Costa (fair right)

Shane Jones

Having Shane to cover for me meant I could periodically stretch my legs, as well as check out the other zine stalls - and very fine they were.

Food is forbidden in the library (quite rightly) so I ate my packed lunch outside the library entrance in the company of a pigeon and a duck which had clearly lost its way (see directly below).

Pictured below and immediately following: Sticky Institute's stall.

Centre: Sticky Institute coordinator, Luke Sinclair

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A gentle reminder, gentle reader

Before I pack them away in readiness for tomorrow's stint at TONERPALOOZA II ZINE FAIR, here is an inside view of each of the three mini-zines I'll be unveiling on day two of this auspicious event. (Click on image to enlarge).

As mentioned in our previous post, Her own Society, Alabaster Chambers and Who are You? take partial inspiration from the poetry of Emily Dickinson and they each include one of her poems. The zines are signed and numbered limited editions of 100.

Co-hosted by Sticky Institute and the State Library of Victoria, TONERPALOOZA II, which showcases zines from over 100 stall holders evenly divided between the two days, is situated in the Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria and will run from Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September between 10 am - 4 pm.

I'll be there tomorrow with a plethora of Moth Woman Press publications old and new and hope to see you there too.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Three zines for TONERPALOOZA II

Previewed below are a trio of mini-zines I'll be launching this coming Sunday at TONERPALOOZA II ZINE FAIR at the State Library of Victoria. (See also Blog Post, Friday, September 8).

Curated by Sticky Institute to correspond with the current show, SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS, the event will be held in the Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria, on Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September from 10 am - 4 pm. We'll be there with our brand new zines - and a goodly selection of earlier Moth Woman Press zines besides - on Sunday 24th.

Pictured from top: Her own Society, Who are You? and Alabaster Chambers. Inspired in part by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, each zine incorporates one of her poems. To see inside, come along to the zine fair on Sunday. 

For the benefit of those who can't make it, I'll be posting some inside views in the very near future.

All three zines are signed, numbered and limited to an edition of 100. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FROM THE BOWER: final day

As of last Sunday, September 17, From the bower: patterns of collecting, the exhibition that has been such a big part of my life this year, is all over - bar the ginormous job of deinstalling that awaits fellow artists Carole Wilson, Loris Button, Louise Saxton and I first thing tomorrow morning. 

Shane and I called into the Art Gallery of Ballarat on the final day and it was enormously gratifying to see the gallery swarming with visitors. To my delight, among them was master printer Luke Ingram, Director of Visual Heritage, with whom I've been working closely for the past year, initially on the unbound artist book, Leaves of Absence (see above) and more recently on an ongoing series of phemographs, including Doppelgänger (see directly below) which Luke (who is an equally skilled framer) also framed. 

Yesterday I was briefly back in Melbourne and met with Luke for a marathon printing session. It was another productive stage in the ongoing preparation for an upcoming solo exhibition at Tacit contemporary art later this year (further details to follow shortly).

Friday, September 8, 2017


Poster by Rachel Ang

Moth Woman Press is delighted to have been invited to participate in the forthcoming Tonerpalooza II Zine Fair at the Cowen Gallery in the State Library of Victoria. The event will take place on Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September from 10 - 4 pm. Moth Woman Press will be there on Sunday the 24th.

Tonerpalooza is coordinated by Sticky Institute to coincide with the current exhibition at the State Library of Victoria: SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS (see previous post).

To mark the occasion, I decided to make a new mini-zine, the front cover of which is reproduced below. I've been enjoying the process so much that two other zines are also under way. The drawings I made during a recent residency at the Art Vault in Mildura are the basis for the illustrations in all three. Further details will be revealed in future posts.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Pictured above and below: the reading room section of SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS at the State Library Victoria. Among the zines on display is the Moth Woman Press publication, Moth Woman Vigilantes (2011).

The exhibition, which runs until 12 November, will travel to a number of regional and interstate galleries in 2018 and 2019. 

Curated by Monica Syrette and developed in partnership with Sticky InstituteSELF-MADE  displays rarely seen material from the Library’s extensive collection of artist books and zines, the largest in Australia.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2017

Installation view of Leaves of Absence in From the Bower at the
Art Gallery of Ballarat. Exhibition current until 17 September.

Our artist book, Leaves of Absence, pictured above, has been shortlisted for the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2017. Judging from the list of finalists below, it will be in very distinguished company.

Opening night is Thursday, 21 September at 6.30 pm
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle WA 6160
Open 7 days 10am-5pm
+618 9432 9555 |

The exhibition runs from 22 September - 12 November


Tony Ameneiro (NSW)

Nathan Beard (WA)

August Carpenter (VIC)

David Carson (WA)

Susanna Castleden (WA)

Seong Cho (NSW)

Hock Hong Choo (WA)

Jazmina Cininas (VIC)

Julianne Clifford (WA)

Hannah Farleigh (WA)

David Frazer (VIC)

Kath Fries (NSW)

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison (VIC)

Joanne Handley (NSW)

Garth Henderson (VIC)

Heather Hesterman (VIC)

Christopher Hillstead (WA)

Jan Hogan (TAS)
Clare Jackson (ACT)
Locust Jones (NSW)
Michael Kempson (NSW)
Deborah Klein (VIC)
Pia Larsen (NSW)
Richard Lewer (VIC)
Monika Lukowska (WA)
Carly Lynch (WA)
Marion Manifold (VIC)
William Mansfield (NSW)
Susan Marawarr (NT)
Rebecca Mayo (VIC)
Matthew McAlpine (WA)
Sarah McConnell (VIC)
Andrew HC McDonald (WA)
Carolyn Mckenzie-Craig (NSW)
Gordon Monro (VIC)
Matthew Newkirk (QLD)
Glenda Orr (QLD)

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Dashing around central Melbourne in between Melbourne International Film Festival venues, I happened upon this poster (x2) for SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS, a free exhibition at the State Library of Victoria. It opened yesterday, 11 August, and runs until 12 November. Two Moth Woman Press zines, Tattooed Faces and Moth Woman Vigilantes, are part of the show, which was curated by Monica Syrette. I haven't had a chance to see it yet because of back-to-back MIFF movies (I'm seeing 55 films over 16 days - I just did a count) but look forward to dropping by next week on a day of less solidly booked screenings. 

A link to the exhibition and related events is HERE.


Earlier this week, on Tuesday, August 8, the ten Print Council of Australia PCA Print Commission prints were launched at Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne. My archival pigment print, Pressed for Time, an edition of 30 (pictured above) was one of them.

Among the many visitors on the night was author Lucy Sussex (next to me, above right). Over the years, my work has graced the front cover of three of her books. Lucy has just been awarded a State Library of Victoria Fellowship, so there was much to celebrate.

Also present (above, right) was Sue Westwood, Business Manager of the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, which later this year will host an entirely different, if somewhat belated launch, that of my artist book Leaves of Absence. (Further details, including why I deliberately chose to delay the launch, will be the subject of a future post). Sue's sister, Diane Masters, is another of this year's print commission artists. 

To view all of this year's PCA Print Commission works, go HERE. 

For more snapshots of Tuesday evening's launch, visit my art blog HERE.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

LEAVES OF ABSENCE at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Last Saturday, July 29, the second leg of From the bower - patterns of collecting, featuring specially chosen objects and artworks from the 'bowers' of Loris Button, Louise Saxton, Carole Wilson and myself, opened at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Extra wall space, combined with an elegant exhibition design by the AGB's Brenda Wellman, has enabled the inclusion of a number of additional artworks and collection objects. Despite the initial impression of familiarity that may be experienced by those who saw From the bower at its previous venue, Warrnambool Art Gallery, in many ways it's a very different show.

For example, this time around, Leaves of Absence, 2017, my unbound artist book, is displayed in a stand-alone cabinet, along with a selection of the hand painted eucalyptus leaves that were the basis for the artwork and the antique flower presses in which the leaves were initially pressed, and in which they are now housed. I'm indebted to my fellow artists Carole Wilson and Loris Button (who also assisted with the installation of the show) for the considerable care and thought they put into its presentation.

Leaves of Absence installation detail #1

Leaves of Absence installation detail #2

The following is a slightly extended version of the label accompanying Leaves of Absence at the AGB.

Collection items: antique flower/tie presses and eucalyptus leaves.

For several years I’ve employed silhouettes in my work, primarily as a metaphor for marginalization or invisibility. In what is a fairly recent development, the silhouettes are hand-painted onto pressed eucalyptus leaves, of which I have amassed a substantial collection. The embellished leaves form the basis for an ongoing series of archival pigment prints. The leaves are housed in my modest collection of antique tie/flower presses, most of which were discovered in the Victorian Goldfields region, including Creswick and Ballarat.

Two years ago I made my first foray into digital prints in Not Born Digital, a Goldfields Printmakers portfolio that explored the historic connection of the Victorian Goldfields with China during the gold rushes, a period of Australian history from which Chinese women were conspicuously absent. The portfolio was presented at IMPACT 9, the international printmaking conference at Hangzhou, China in September 2015. Selected images from this ongoing body of work were subsequently collected together in the artist book, Leaves of Absence (2017).

During the Australian gold rushes, thousands of Chinese men came to Australia to seek their fortunes. In 1861 Chinese immigrants made up 3.3 per cent of the Australian population. The vast majority (38,337) were men, compared to only eleven women. For many Chinese men, separation from their families was a source of abiding sadness. The harsh treatment of Chinese miners is well documented, but almost nothing is known about the women who remained in China.

In the tiny Victorian town of Newstead there were over 3000 Chinese miners. The forest floor is still pockmarked with holes, enduring evidence of its gold mining history. All of the eucalyptus leaves in my collection were sourced in Newstead, not only because of its significance to this project, but also due to their remarkably singular shapes, in part the result of interventions by my insect ‘collaborators’, the Eucalyptus tip bugs that inhabit the undersides of the leaves.

My initial research included a study of historic Chinese women’s hairstyles. Reduced to shadow forms, however, these unknown women could equally be from any place or time, including the present. 

From the bower - patterns of collecting runs until 17 September. 

For extensive installation views of the show, visit Deborah Klein's Art Blog HERE.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

LEAVES OF ABSENCE shortlisted for FAC Print Award and acquired by Monash University Library

Leaves of Absence, 2017, artist book, archival inkjet prints, 
cloth cover, ed: 10, 32.5 x 25.5 x 4.0 cm (closed) 
32.5 x 55.0 x 4 cm (open) 

Closely following the announcement that our unbound artist book, Leaves of Absence, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards (see previous post) comes the news that the book is a finalist in the 2017 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

In other exciting news, Leaves of Absence has been acquired for the permanent collection of Monash University Library. Pictured below are some page views of the book, photographed during the recent run of Between the Sheets - International artists' books 2017 at Australian Galleries Melbourne by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, and reproduced with their kind permission.

Title page of Leaves of Absence in Between the Sheets - International artists books 
2017 at Australian Galleries Melbourne. Photo by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Leaves of Absence pages #2. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Leaves of Absence page view #3. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Leaves of Absence page view #4. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison