Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tattooed Faces in Living Colour

Our last post previewed Tattooed Faces, a new mini-zine. Since then, work has commenced on its sister publication, Tattooed Faces in Living colour.

Their simultaneous release is timed to coincide with the group show Inking Up at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, which opens to the public on 29 August. For full details of the exhibition, scroll down to previous post.

Under construction: limited edition mini-zine Tattooed Faces in Living Colour
Click on image to enlarge

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

An exhibition and a new zine

Here at Moth Woman Press work is currently under way on Tattooed Faces, a mini-zine designed to coincide with Inking Up, a forthcoming three-person exhibition at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum that will focus on the tattoo in art. Details of the show are as follows:

Inking Up (with Rona Green, Clayton Tremlett and Deborah Klein)
Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum
14 Lyttleton Street
Castlemaine Vic 3450
29 August – 18 October 2015.

Cutting and folding of the zine has commenced, as previewed below. (Click on image to enlarge).

Monday, August 3, 2015

A mini-zine in the making: 2015 Mothstralian Postage Stamps

With the dust barely settled on this year's National Moth Week, the commemorative publication previewed in our previous post is well under way. Full details of the mini-zine Mothstralian Postage Stamps 2015, a signed and numbered limited edition of 100, will be posted soon.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

National Moth Week - A commemorative mini-zine

To mark the occasion of this year's National Moth Week, which runs from 18-26 July, we have produced a set of eight stamps, which we are currently incorporating into a new mini-zine. Like other recent MWP zines, it is made with iPad apps (see also previous post). In this instance, I've employed the apps Square Ready, Pic Collage, Face On Stamps and Strip Designer in combination with selected works from my own Moth Masks series of paintings and drawings. The stamp sets can be viewed on my Art Blog, along with some revelatory information about the Moth Women themselves.

Individual pages of the zine are previewed below:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Work resumes on 'Hair Pieces' mini-zine

Following last week's setback (see previous post) the artwork for Hair Pieces is back from the printer in a new, vastly improved state and the process of folding, cutting and transforming each A4 sheet into an eight page mini-zine is well under way.

Considerable progress has also been made on other mini-zines in development. They include Tattooed Faces, Tattooed Faces in Living Colour, Hair Pieces 2 and 2015 Mothstralian Stamps. 

The above mentioned zines were made by combining my own paintings, relief prints and drawings with iPad apps. The eight-panel grid that is the basis for these mini-zines is my own invention - I'm rather proud of it. The grid was constructed in the astonishingly versatile Strip Designer. The coloured borders and selected backgrounds were also developed in this app. The panels containing text and image were designed in Pic Collage

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trial proof of 'Hair Pieces' mini-zine

Over the past few months we've been developing several new mini-zines and have just taken a trial proof of our latest effort, Hair Pieces. Immediately following this, we had hoped to charge ahead and print a minimum of half the edition of 100, but because of a technical problem (a mysterious wavy texture in the background of some images) a brief return to the metaphorical drawing board (i.e. my iPad) was required. The problem is now solved and printing is set to resume in the next couple of days.

Moth Woman Press mini-zines, including this one, are folded and cut from a single sheet of A4 paper.

Pictured below is yesterday's trial proof, folded and ready to cut.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bound for Newfoundland

With the release of a new zine on the horizon, Moth Woman Press's most recent publication, the mini-zine Dark Dames, and our very first book, There was once... The collected fairytales (2009) are bound for a horizon that is far more distant. They are currently winging their way to their new owner in Newfoundland, Canada.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mildura BMW Australian Print Triennial

This little package was waiting in our Melbourne mail box when we returned from Ballarat on the weekend. Designed by Julie Chambers, Director of the Art Vault in Mildura, with cover artwork by hugely talented local artist Sonja Hodge, it is an information pack containing absolutely everything anyone could possibly want to know about the upcoming Mildura BMW Australian Print Triennial. The photo reveals a mere snippet of the extensive program (each card is double sided). The eagle-eyed will notice that Geoff Ricardo, Mini Graff and I will be speaking on a panel chaired by Dr Sasha Grishin, 'The Art of Politics Through Print'.

The Mildura BMW Australian Print Triennial will run from 29 October - 1 November. For full details, go HERE.

Mildura BMW Print Triennial Program - click on image to enlarge

Saturday, May 23, 2015

'Hair Pieces' - a mini-zine in progress

In recent weeks most of my time and energy has been spent in the studio, developing a new series of paintings on wood; they are an extension of the Homo-insecta watercolours and linocuts that I began in 2013. To view the paintings, visit my Art Blog HERE.

Meanwhile, back at Moth Woman Press, we haven't been entirely idle. Previewed directly below is the artwork for the front and back covers of Hair Pieces, our latest mini-zine in the making. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mothstralian Stamps Redux

These elusive night creatures appeared on the very first Republic of Mothstralia Postage stamps in 2013. Back by popular demand in a series of newly-commissioned philatelic designs, they are precursors to the eagerly anticipated 2015 Moth Woman Vigilante stamps due for issue during the coming weeks.

To create this mail art, my artwork was combined with the following iPad apps: Face on Stamp, Squareready and Strip Design.


Top row L-R
Campylotes desgonsini Moth Mask, 2007, oil pastel 112 x76 cm
Rhodogastia crokeri Moth Mask, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 25 x 20 cm

Middle row L-R
Aictis erythrozona Moth Mask, 2007, oil pastel 112 x76 cm
Phaos aglaophara Moth Mask, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 25 x 20 cm

Bottom row L-R
Amerila alberti Moth Mask, 2007, oil pastel 112 x76 cm
Eustixis caminaea Moth Mask, 2007, oil pastel 112 x76 cm

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Between the Sheets Exhibition catalogue

Between the Sheets, the international artist books exhibition at Gallery Central in Perth, WA, closed today and the insect women in my artist book, Homo-insecta - an Unnatural History Portfolio, have folded their wings. Meanwhile, the exhibition catalogue has arrived in the mail - in its own right a clever, inventive example of book art and a fine memento of the show.

(See also previous post and Blog Post Thursday, February 19).

Between the Sheets catalogue (click on image to enlarge)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Between the Sheets: Installation Views

Between the Sheets, the international artist books exhibition that includes my unbound book, Homo-insecta, an Unnatural History Portfolio, opened on March 7. Co-curator David Frost has just sent a series of installation views, including the following. They are very much appreciated by those of us who were unable to make the journey to the other side of the continent.  (See also Blog Post Thursday, February 19).

Between the Sheets installation view (1). Foreground, right:
my artist book, Homo-insecta. Click image for enlarged view.

Between the Sheets installation view (2). Foreground: altered books
by Debbie Hill. Click image for enlarged view,

Between the Sheets
Gallery Central
12 Aberdeen Street

Exhibition dates: 7 March – 2 April.

To view all the works, go here:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dark Dames: ready for their closeup

Dark Dames, 2015, 8 page mini-zine,
(selected page views) colour photocopy,
9.8 x 7.3 cm, edition: 100

"She came at me in sections. More curves than a scenic railway... She was bad. She was dangerous. I wouldn’t trust her any farther than I could throw her. But she was my kind of woman.” 

(Fred Astaire as detective Rod Riley in The Girl Hunt Ballet. Libretto by Alan J. Lerner (uncredited) from the movie Band Wagon, 1953, directed by Vincente Minnelli).

Pictured above: selected page views from our latest mini-zine, Dark Dames. RRP $4.00 plus $1.40 postage and packing. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Book Launch, a Zine Fair and some New Acquisitions

Louise Jennison unveils the Salvaged Relatives

On Wednesday, 11 February Shane and I attended the one night only exhibit of Salvaged Relatives, three unique state artist books by two of our favourite works on paper artists, Gracia and Louise. It was a privilege to view all three works: SALVAGED RELATIVES, EDITION I (RED), EDITION II (YELLOW) and EDITION III (BLUE) before they take their places in prestigious public collections, namely the Baillieu Library at Melbourne University, the State Library of Victoria and the State Library of New South Wales.

A selection of Salvaged Relatives, 2014-2015, Collages by Gracia Haby,
bound by Louise Jennison

As a souvenir and memory-jogger of these exquisite works, I was able to acquire a couple of zines (one for myself, the other for a fellow G & L admirer) as well as two limited edition prints of the exotic Salvaged Relatives.

That same night I bumped into my dear friend Paul Compton, another talented artist and zinester. When Paul and I caught up recently, I was thrilled when he gifted me with number 1 in the editions of his two latest zines (see the large and small black books in the second photograph below).

Last Sunday my haul increased at the annual Sticky Institute Zine Fair at Melbourne Town Hall, where I acquired more zines from Gracia and Louise and a great little zine titled Coma Toes by Jase Harper.

Sticky Institute Zine Fair, Sunday 15 February

My stash: works by Gracia and Louise, Paul Compton
and Jase Harper

Doubtless inspired by the above, I've been on a bit of a zine-making spree of late. Several new publications are under way, and the mini-zine, Dark Dames, is nearly completed. I'll be developing the others over the next little while in tandem with other projects, most notably the fledgling homo-insecta paintings on wood, progress views of which are regularly documented on my Art Blog

Friday, February 20, 2015


Currently under construction (i.e. umpteen hours of trimming, folding and cutting): Dark Dames, a mini-zine, 10.8 x 7.8 cm, edition 100.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Between The Sheets: Artists' Books 2015

The winged creatures in our unbound artist book, Homo-insecta are about to touch down in Perth, Western Australia. The book is part of Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2015, which features the work of 53 international and Australian book artists. Presented by Gallery East in conjunction with Gallery Central, the exhibition is held in parallel with the 7th International Artists Books exhibition in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Homo-insecta, 2013, unbound artist book, linocuts with inkjet printed text, 
33h x 24w x 1.5d cm, edition 2/10. (Selected page views).
Photograph: Tim Gresham

Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2015
Gallery Central
12 Aberdeen Street

To be launched by Helen Cole, Senior Librarian, Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland 6pm, Friday 6 March.

Opening times: Monday-Friday 10 am-4pm; Saturday 12-4 pm

Exhibition dates: 7 March – 2 April

International Artists
Zimbabwe: Tafadzwa Gwetai
United States of America: Cristina de Almeida
United Kingdom: Thurle Wright
Singapore: Jesvin Yeo
Lithunania: Kęstutis Vasiliūnas
Italy: Loretta Cappanera; Virginia Milici
Germany: Christiane Fichtner; Dorothea Fleiss

Australian Artists
ACT: Caren Florance; Nicci Haynes
New South Wales: Caelli Brooker; Anne-Maree Hunter; Yvette Sullivan
Queensland: Fiona Dempster; Robyn Foster; Helen Malone; Stephen Spurrier
South Australia: Beth Evans; Margaret Sanders
Victoria: Debbie Hill; Petr Herel; Deborah Klein; Clyde McGill; Lesley O'Gorman
Western Australia: Eve Arnold; Kathy Aspinall; Denise Brown & Gail Robinson; Ella Borrello; Kristen Brownfield; Caitlin Dominey; Sandra Dunbar; Martin Heine & Gunnar Müller; Emmaline James; Shana James; Pam Langdon; Nikki Lundy; Aliesha Mafrici; Elisa Markes-Young; Dragica Milunovic; Laura Mitchell; Jánis Nedéla; Manon Raath; Stewart Scambler; Annette Seeman; Jessica Tan; John Teschendorff; Paul Uhlmann; Rebecca Westlund; Angelyne Wolfe; Gera Woltjer

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Sneak Peek at some Dark Dames

MWP’s first publication for 2015 is currently in development. An homage to the duplicitous femme fatales of Film Noir infamy, the pictorial mini-zine Dark Dames will comprise reproductions of eight of my linocuts. The zine will be limited to an edition of 100 and will measure approximately 10.5 x 7.5 cm.

Mock-ups of its front and back covers are pictured below:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

There was once... and happily ever after

Our very first publication: There was once…The
collected fairy tales (2009)

As Moth Woman Press enters its sixth year, some marvellous news has reached us. As of last month, the National Library of Australia have added this blog, our sister site, Deborah Klein's Art Blog and our website, Deborah Klein Australian Artist to PANDORA, Australia's Web Archive. Essentially this means that all three sites will be preserved now and in the future. 

For full details, visit Deborah Klein's art Blog HERE.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Editions 2015

The New Year is off to a flying start. A selection of winged Homo-insecta linocuts (seven of which originated in the eponymous unbound artist book published by MWP in 2013) will shortly be exhibited at Tacit Contemporary Art in Abbotsford. 

Editions 2015

Annual Print Exhibition

Opening event: Wednesday 11 February 6.30 - 8pm

Artists include: Elizabeth Banfield, T J Bateson, Jazmina Cininas, Tom Civil, Louise Donovan, Kevin Foley, Peter Garnick, Zoe Geyer, Silvi Glattauer, Janet Goldman, Pete Gurrie, Carolyn Hawkins, Jodi Heffernan, Ying Huang, Kate Hudson, Anita Iacovella, Kyoko Imazu, Sheridan Jones, Hyun Ju Kim, Deborah Klein, Damon Kowarsky, Kir Larwill, Anita Laurence, Marion Manifold, Soula Mantalvanos, Scarlett Mellows, Rachael Ness, Sharron Okines, James Pasakos, Cat Poljski, Stephanie Jane Rampton, Trudy Rice, Lisa Sewards, Georgina Whish-Wilson and Joel Wolter.

For those who can't make it to the opening night, the exhibition continues until 1 March.

Tacit Contemporary Art

312 Johnston St

Abbotsford VIC 3067

Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm

Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Image on invitation:
Jewel Beetle Woman, 2014, hand coloured linocut, 56 x 38 cm, edition size: 20. 
Printed by Simon White at the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


It's been a productive year at Moth Woman Press, and 2015 is promising more of the same. 

Back in May, MWP showed our artist books and zines at Clunes Booktown’s inaugural Biblio-Artist Books, which was curated by Nicholas Jones.

As a direct result of Clunes Booktown, we were invited to exhibit a selection of our one-of-a-kind Tall Tales artist books and the limited edition artist book Women With Wings in PAGE.PRINT.POST. 50 Years of Artist Books at Post Office Gallery, Federation University, Ballarat. Curated by Debbie Hill and Geoff Willis, the show ran from July 19 - 9 August.

Later in 2014 our unbound artist book Homo-insecta was a finalist in both the Silk Cut Award for Linocut Printmaking and more recently the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. Although the latter show concluded in October, the book has remained in Western Australia. David Forrest, Co-Director of Gallery East Art Services, has invited me to exhibit Homo-insecta in Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2015 at Central Gallery, Aberdeen Street, Perth from 7 March – 2 April 2015, and kindly offered to collect the work from the Fremantle Arts Centre after the print exhibition concluded.

Meanwhile, a set of the five zines I made for Homo-insecta, my recent solo show at the Art Vault in Mildura has been reserved by the State Library of Victoria. (To see the zines, scroll down to Blog Posts November 13 - 21).

Our major project for next year will be the completion of the limited edition book The Moth Woman Vigilantes. Although they have featured in several zines, this will be the first artist book to be devoted to the infamous MWV. 

We at Moth Woman Press wish you all the warmest Compliments of the Season, and look forward to your visits in 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Circus of the Imperishable Star by Deborah McMillion

Deborah McMillion, Circus of the Imperishable Star, 2014,
artist book, 11.43 x 50.8 cm (open).  Click on images to enlarge.
Deborah McMillion, Circus of the Imperishable Star, 2014 (verso)

Probably it was inevitable that growing up in 1950s-60s St. Kilda, just a few blocks from Luna Park and not one, but two, motion picture palaces would have an indelible effect on my life. It spawned an enduring fascination with fun fairs, carnivals, sideshows, circuses (I saw my first circus at St Kilda) and particularly movies.

I was very young when my mother took me to see Forbidden Planet (1956) at the Victory Theatre on the corner of Carlisle and Barkley Streets. Scary (to a young child) but mesmerizing with its remarkable visuals, memorable characters and glorious saturated colours, it stayed with me forever and fostered a lifelong love of science fiction movies from the 1950s.

I am very aware that my friend, iPad artist Deborah McMillion, shares my passion for the above – one would think – diametrically opposed forms of entertainment, particularly the latter; it’s reflected far more overtly in her imagery than in mine. In Deborah’s work the worlds do not collide, they combine seamlessly, loaded with galaxies full of wit, style and intelligence, borne of a lifetime love and prodigious knowledge of the Golden Age of science fiction movies. This is particularly well demonstrated in her new artist book, Circus of the Imperishable Star. To my delight, Deborah has generously sent me a copy. Snail mail is well named; it took awhile to get here, but the stars finally aligned. The book was waiting for me in my mailbox when I returned from the Art Vault residency. With Deborah’s permission, it is reproduced above. Due to the limitations of this blog's template, it's essential to click on the images to enlarge.

The book was something of a first for Deborah. It was made with the aid of an ipad app called Felt, which, as she recognized, also has a great deal of potential for my own book art. So I am doubly grateful to her and look forward to experimenting with this exciting new app in the New Year.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Homo-insecta at the Art Vault (Installation views and some birthday treats)

Pictured in Gallery 2 with selections of my work.
Photograph by Anne Spudvilas. 

Far right: Sonja Hodge and Anne Spudvilas in Gallery 1.
Foreground: Shield Backed Katydid Woman and Spider Hunting
Wasp Woman, along with a selection of Moth Woman Press zines

Shane and I pictured with Team Art Vault. From left: Mia, Andrew, Shane
and I, Julie, Robert, Sonja and in the foreground, Anne, who cleverly
took this picture by setting the timer on her camera.
My birthday occurred during the residency. Art Vault Director Julie
Chambers treated us all to these spectacular cakes from 27 Deakin, one of my favourite
cafes in Mildura (or anywhere else for that matter). Photo: Anne Spudvilas
As if I wasn't spoilt enough, Anne presented me with this magnificent
birthday gift. I'm a huge admirer of Carter's work.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

IMPRINT feature article: The Book Art of Deborah Klein

The Print Council of Australia's quarterly journal IMPRINT is the go-to magazine for printmakers. The recently published summer edition (volume 49, number 4) focuses primarily on artist books. I was thrilled to be invited by Acting Editor Kate Gorringe-Smith to contribute an article about my own book art and the crucial role Melbourne's former Hand Held Gallery played in shaping its recent development. The article is reproduced below. Click on individual frames to enlarge.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Return of the Moth Woman Vigilantes

With the aim of providing a wide as possible context for the insect women displayed in Homo-insecta at the Art Vault, I'm also exhibiting one of my favourite mini-zines: Republic of Mothstralia - Coins of the Realm. A relatively recent work, it made its debut in May at Clunes Booktown, but hasn't had a great deal of exposure since then. Like its companion zines, it was made by manipulating my own images with iPad apps: most notably Etchings and Face on Coin.  The zine's eight panel grid was created with Strip Design.

Directly below are the front and back covers of the zine, followed by two double-page spreads.

Republic of Mothstralia - Coins of the Realm, 2014,
Mini-zine, photocopy, 10.5 x 7.5 cm, Edition: 100

Homo-insecta opens tonight and runs until 15 December.

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Mini-Zines Part 6: Homo Insecta 2

The sixth and final zine made for Homo-insecta, my solo exhibition at the Art Vault, comprises reproductions of selected works from the show. As such, the zine will serve as a keepsake, whilst also having a lifespan intended to last beyond the exhibition's three week run. The linocuts were made between 2010 and 2014.

Homo-insecta opens on 26 November and runs until 15 December. For full details, scroll down to Blog Post Saturday, 15 November.

Pictured below is a preview of Homo-insecta 2 - a mini-zine: cover art plus two double page views.

Homo-insecta 2 - A mini zine, 2014, photocopy,
10.5 x 7.5 cm, edition 80

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New mini-zines Part 5: Homo-insecta

The fifth of six zines newly published by Moth Women Press, Homo-insecta will make its debut at the Art Vault on 24 November, on the opening night of the exhibition of the same name.

The majority of its illustrations are selected watercolours from the 2013 work A Cabinet of of Insect Women. The single exception is a more recent work, Blister Beetle Woman (2014) which appears on the back cover of the zine.

Homo-insecta - a mini zine, 2014, photocopy,
10.5 x 7.5 cm, edition 80

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Mini-Zines Part 4: Moth Women 3

This diminutive eight-page folded mini-zine is the third and final in a series of three, all of which showcase the mythological masked Moth Women, for whom this blog is named.

For more about the series, scroll down to Blog Post Saturday, 15 November.

Moth Women 3 - a mini-zine, 2014, photocopy,
10.5 x 7.5 cm (closed) edition 100

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Mini-Zines Part 3: Moth Women 2

Following closely on the heels of our previous post is Moth Women 2 - A mini-zine, the second in a set of three. Like its two sister zines, this modest publication (pictured below with selected page views) will be launched at the opening of my solo exhibition Homo-insecta at the Art Vault in Mildura on 26 November.

Moth Woman 2 - a mini-zine, 2014, photocopy,
10.5 x 7.5 cm (closed) edition 100

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Mini-Zines Part 2: Moth Women

The second zine made for Homo-insecta, my solo show at the Art Vault (see previous post) is the first of three Moth Women mini-zines. The images were sourced from the Moth Masks series of paintings and drawings I made between 2007 and 2010. The mythical Moth Women were not only the subject of one of my first fairy tales, they were also forerunners of the infamous Moth Women Vigilantes.

Directly below is a preview of the work, including cover art and selected page views. Directly following it is your very own invitation to the exhibition, which opens at 6 - 7 pm on Wednesday 26 November.

Moth Women - a mini zine, 2014, photocopy
10.5 x 7.5 cm edition 100