Friday, December 9, 2016

Pressed for Time

Pressed for Time is one of several Moth Woman Press zines currently in the works. (Its title describes my current state of being only too well)! The new zines, which are in various stages of development, will be unveiled at the 2017 Festival of the Photocopier zine fair (FOTP) at Melbourne Town Hall on February 14.

Until then, here is a preview of the front and back cover art of Pressed for Time. The cut and folded mini-zine will measure approximately 10 x 7.5 cm and will be limited to an edition of 100. To discover what is pressed between its covers, join me at FOTP 2017. Full details of the zines and zine fair will be posted nearer the time.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cat's Cradle, Part 4

Completed Cat's Cradle, 2016, unique concertina book, pigmented drawing ink on paper and acrylic on MDF panels, (H) 16.5 x (W) 15.5 cm x (D) 1 cm (closed).

Click on individual images to enlarge.

Front cover of Cat's Cradle
Front and back covers of Cat's Cradle, 2016, unique book,
acrylic on MDF, (H) 16.5 x (W) 15.5  x (D) 1 cm (closed)

Front pages (detail)

Back pages (detail)

Cat's Cradle, 2016, unique book, pigmented drawing inks
on Khadi paper and acrylic on MDF, 16.5 x 92 cm (open)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cat's Cradle, Part 3: Cover Art

Cat's Cradle is the first of several books to resurrect the Shadow Women. Already the subjects of several zines, they appeared most notably in the vertical concertina books, Tall Tales (2013).

The new series will employ a more conventional landscape format, and unlike the previous books, which were cloth-bound, their front and back covers will be hand-painted and lettered. 

The photographs below show the cover art in progress. The covers are constructed from MDF, to which several coats of gesso were applied. Each layer was sanded with fine sandpaper to ensure a smooth surface. I've used acrylic paints for the image and text. (Click on individual images for a clearer view).

Front and back cover. Each panel measures 16.5 x 15.5 cm

Front cover (progress view) 

Back cover (progress view)

Front and back covers nearing completion

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cat's Cradle, Part 2

As promised, here are further developmental views of the one-of-a-kind artist book, Cat's Cradle. The hand-lettering was a particular challenge, but one that I really enjoyed. (Click on images for a clearer view).

The front and back covers of the book will also be hand-painted and lettered; they will feature in our next post.

Friday, November 18, 2016

CAT'S CRADLE, an artist book in progress

Just because it's been awhile between posts, please don't assume things have gone quiet at Moth Woman Press. In fact, it's been just the opposite. Of late we've been hard at work on two artist books and two mini-zines, all due for publication early next year. Below are some early views of one of them, the one-of-a-kind concertina book, Cat's Cradle. All going well, it will be the first in a series of similarly-themed books. Further progress views will follow in the very near future.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Moth Woman Press zines in Canada

Poker Faces, mini-zine, Moth Woman Press, 2012, edition: 100
(Selected page views)

In response to an invitation from curator, Jim Drobnick, two Moth Woman Press mini-zines, Poker Faces and Card Sharps, have just travelled to Toronto, Canada. Jim is one half of the curatorial collaborative, DisplayCult. Along with fellow curator, Jennifer Fisher, he is currently gathering examples of cards and card-related material.

Card Sharps, mini-zine, Moth Woman Press, 2013, edition: 100
(Selected page views)

Jim and Jennifer are still in the research phase of this extensive project; they plan to hold an exhibition and eventually write a book on the topic. Following this, they intend to donate the collection to a university, so that research on the decks, artworks and publications can continue. 

Jim Brodnick is a critic, curator and Associate Professor at OACD University, Toronto. 

Jennifer Fisher is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies at York University, Toronto.

To learn about other DisplayCult projects, visit the website:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

LINOCUT FOR ARTISTS & DESIGNERS arrives at Moth Woman Press

Included in the package from Nick were this delightful hand-made
bookplate and card

Linocut for artists & designers, by Margate-based artist and illustrator, Nick Morley, was published in the United Kingdom back in June, 2016. It includes a chapter on my own linocuts:

The double-page spread on my work. I'm one of eight international artists
to be represented in the book

Recently I collected my copy from the post office and am thrilled with it. The book is an essential reference, both for linocut practitioners and lovers of the medium, born out by the fact that it has already entered its second edition. Linocut for artists & designers is now firmly ensconced in the Moth Woman Press atelier at Ballarat, where it will be put to very good use.

To purchase a copy of the book, visit:

To see examples Nick Morley's work, go to: and

For selected page views of Linocut for artists & designers, go HERE.

Monday, October 10, 2016

PARALLEL PRINTS: recent acquisitions

Parallel Prints 2015 NZ/Australia, which includes my linocut, Ideopsis gaura (Dainty paperwing) Woman (pictured above) was recently accepted into the permanent collections of Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania and Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, Tas.

Coordinated by Mark Graver, Tania Booth and James Pasakos, the portfolio was launched at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, and Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, New Zealand in October, 2015.

Click on image to enlarge.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

New MWP zines at Sticky Institute

Moth Woman Press mini-zines, The Story of the Moth Masks and The Enchanted Hair Ornaments, were originally made to coincide with the group exhibition, Eventide, at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, which ran from 13 May - 3 July, 2016. They are now available at Melbourne's legendary zine emporium, Sticky Institute. Within each pocket-sized zine is an original fairy tale accompanied by eight linocut illustrations. They are signed, limited editions of 100 and retail for $4.00 each.

For more about The Story of the Moth Masks mini-zine, go HERE.

To learn more about the Enchanted Hair Ornaments mini-zine, go HERE.

Sticky Institute
Shop 10
Campbell Arcade
Degraves Subway
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Further to my last post, here is some key information about my 30 year printmaking retrospective at Tacit Contemporary Art, scheduled for 29 November - 17 December, 2017. The idea for the exhibition grew from PRINTS 1987 - 2016, the mini-survey show that has just finished its run at Tacit. Not surprisingly, next year's survey is still very much in the early planning stages. Next time around the show will span 4 gallery spaces, which will enable a far wider overview of my printmaking practice, including the artist books and zines that have become an increasingly significant part of it over the past several years.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PRINTS 1987 - 2016: An ending and a beginning

The end of my solo exhibition, PRINTS 1987 - 2016 at Tacit Contemporary Art on Sunday afternoon, October 2, also marked something of a beginning. During the lead-up to the show, the date of the earliest work alerted Tacit's ever-vigilant Keith Lawrence to the fact that 2017 will mark a Significant Anniversary of my printmaking practice. Accordingly, a far larger exhibition, which will include several Moth Woman Press publications, is planned and already locked in for late next year. Watch for MWP's next post, when further details will be provided.

Meanwhile, warmest gratitude to exhibition curator, TJ Bateson and Tacit director, Keith Lawrence for their unwavering enthusiasm and support before, during and after the recent show, to the many people who came during its run, and to those who took the time and trouble send me their written responses.

The following installation views of PRINTS 1987 - 2016 were taken by Tim Gresham. Click on individual images for a clearer view.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

PRINTS 1987 - 2016

Thalaina macfarlandi Moth Mask (2009, hand coloured linocut, 15 x 15 cm) 

Thalaina macfarlandi Moth Mask (2009) is one of four Moth Masks linocuts (1) selected by curator TJ Bateson for my solo show, PRINTS 1987 - 2016 at Tacit Contemporary Art. 

The exhibition launch is this evening, 14 September, from 6.30 – 8 pm. 

The Moth Masks series was the inspiration for one of my first fairytales, The Story of the Moth Masks, (2) and several of the moth-masked women appeared in my artist book, Women With Wings (2010). Moreover, the Moth Women were precursors to the dark and dangerous Moth Women Vigilantes, already the subject of numerous Moth Woman Press publications.

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston Street,
Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: 0423 323 1888
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday 11 - 5 pm

PRINTS 1987 – 2016 runs until 2 October.

(1) The other three are:
Cyana mericki Moth Mask (2009)
Birthana cleis Moth Mask (2009) and
Scoliacma biclora Moth Mask (2009).

(2) First published in There was once... the collected fairy tales, Moth Woman Press, 2009

Saturday, August 27, 2016

MOTH in Melbourne

I’ve recently returned to the Ballarat studio, rested and revitalised after attending the Melbourne International Film Festival.

MIFF 2016 ran from 28 July-14 August. During that period there was little time for anything else but films (I saw 52) and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I did, however, find time to call into Dymocks, one of my favourite Melbourne bookshops, and look what I found there. (Photos by Shane Jones).

Moth, by Matthew Gandy, was published on 1 June, 2016. It includes a reproduction of my painting Argina astrea Moth Mask. For more about the book, scroll down to Blog Post 23 July or click HERE.

Saturday, August 6, 2016


10 copies of the mini-zine, Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY recently landed at Sticky Institute. The hub of Melbourne zine culture, Sticky is located at Shop 10, Campbell Arcade in Degraves Subway.

The mini-zine retails for $4.00 and is limited to an edition of 150. For further page views, scroll down to Blog Post Wednesday, July 6, or click HERE.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

MOTH by Matthew Gandy

It would be very remiss of Moth Woman Press to overlook (Inter)National Moth Week, which begins today. In celebration of this auspicious event, we are showcasing a significant and timely publication: Moth, by Matthew Gandy, Professor of Geography at the University of Cambridge. This recently published book includes an image of my painting Argina astrea Moth Mask, 2007 (below, centre).

It is published by Reaktion Books Ltd, UK and distributed in the US through the University of Chicago PressThe book is available through numerous outlets, including Dymocks, Booktopia and Amazon. 

Moth is superbly written and richly illustrated. Needless to add, I’m extremely proud to be a small part of it. For additional page views and further information, visit Deborah Klein's Art Blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Linocut Workshop at NGV International

Tonight and next Wednesday evening I'm giving two linocut workshops for NGV Members at the National Gallery of Victoria. I'll be taking along some demonstration lino blocks, including the four linocut portraits of Moth Women Vigilantes gang members pictured above.

The classes will run from 6 - 8.30 pm. They are primarily aimed at beginners, each of whom will make their own linocut and learn to print it without the need of a press. I'm delighted to say that both sessions have sold out.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Windsor and Newton Graphic Markers: Australian Launch

On the easel: my linocut Monarch Butterfly Winged Woman; on the table:
selected works made with the graphic markers, most notably the mini-zine
Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY

Last Thursday I was flown to Sydney by Winsor and Newton for the launch of three new W&N graphic markers: the Promarkers, Brushmarkers and the extraordinary Pigment Markers I've been testing for several months.

The launch took place at the spectacular headquarters of Jasco. Moth Woman Press's latest mini-zine, Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY, illustrated with the Pigment Markers and made especially for the occasion, was also launched on the night (see photo above).

For more views of the W&N Graphic Markers launch, visit Deborah Klein's Art Blog HERE. To preview the new mini-zine, scroll down to my last two posts.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Preview: 'Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY', a new mini-zine

Tomorrow morning, July 7, I'll be flying to Sydney for the Australian launch of Winsor and Newton’s Pigment Markers at Jasco.

To coincide with the event, I’ve made a mini-zine, Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY, illustrated with eight drawings made with W&N Pigment Markers. (See also previous post).  

Meanwhile, especially for followers of Moth Woman Press, here is an exclusive preview of the mini-zine.

Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY is a signed and numbered limited edition of 150.

Front cover

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Back cover

Monday, July 4, 2016

'Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY' - a mini-zine in progress

Silent movie actor Alla Nazimova, reimagined as a Moth Woman Vigilante

Louise Brooks, Moth Woman Vigilante

Late last year I was invited by Michelle Sheehy, Winsor and Newton's Brand and Communications Manager, and Natalie O'Connor, their Resident Artist, to be a Winsor and Newton Global Ambassador. I was delighted to accept.

Over the past several months, I've been trying Winsor and Newton's archival Pigment Markers. The latest results (which, I might add, are unreservedly positive) have just been posted on my Art Blog.

For my latest Pigment Marker project, I made eight miniature drawings based on significant female screen actors. Time, which can be so fickle, has dimmed our memories of many of these women. I’ve sought to rectify this by reinventing them as Moth Women Vigilantes. To see the complete set of drawings, learn about the markers and the women behind the new breed of Vigilantes, visit the Art Blog HERE and HERE.

As the series unfolded, I recognized its potential for extension into a mini-zine, and have done just that.

Pictured above are two Pigment Marker drawings from the series, with the markers providing a sense of their scale.

Immediately below are selected progress views of the mini-zine, Moth Women Vigilantes Rogues Gallery. It will be unveiled at the official Australian launch of the W&N Pigment Markers at Jasco’s Sydney headquarters on July 7.

Moth Women Vigilantes Rogues Gallery cover art,
featuring Myrna Loy (back cover) and Alla Nazimova (front cover)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

'Eventide' Floor Talk

The Story of the Moth Masks, 2016, mini-zine,
signed limited edition of 100

Busy times at Moth Woman Press

Lately, in tandem with developing a new mini-zine for a special event (more about this very soon) we have been making up extra copies of The Story of the Moth Masks, a mini-zine commemorating the current relief printmaking exhibition, Eventide, at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Gracing the front cover is Cossodes lyonetii Moth Woman, the linocut I created for the show. Copies of the zine will be available at the gallery during the show's run and afterwards through Moth Woman Press.

Eventide was curated by Rona Green. This Sunday, 26 June, between 2 - 3 pm, Eventide artists Rona, Euan Heng and I will be in conversation at MPRG. If you’re free, do come along and join in.

For those who can’t make it, but plan to visit the show, the exhibition runs until 3 July.