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
PERTH WA

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

DARK DAMES #2

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
PERTH WA 6000

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

MERRY CHRISTMOTH

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















Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Mini-Zines Part 1: The Yellow Butterflies

The final works for Homo-insecta, my forthcoming show at the Art Vault, are finally at the framer and I can now devote my undivided attention to zine-making. 

To complement the exhibition, I’ve been working on several folded mini-zines, beginning with The Yellow Butterflies. The text is based on a fairy tale, which I wrote in 2013 and published on Moth Woman Press Blog in the same year. Since then, however, the story has been slightly revised; it appears in its final form in the new zine.

The story was suggested by the enigmatic figure in an oil pastel drawing I made in 2002: Untitled (Yellow). The design of the zine was developed with the aid of iPad apps, namely Strip Design, Butterfly Cam, Pic Collage, and Phoster.

Pictured below:
Under construction earlier this week in the Ballarat studio: The Yellow Butterflies, 2014, mini-zine, photocopy, 10.5 x 7.5 cm, edition 100.













Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2014 catalogue


The contents of a small package that arrived in yesterday’s post: two copies of the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2014 catalogue. My artist book Homo-insecta – an unnatural history portfolio (reproduced in the catalogue below) was one of the finalists. The exhibition opened on 26 September and continues until 16 November.

Fremantle Print Award 2014 catalogue with reproduction of
Homo-insecta, 2013, artist book, 33 x 23.5 x 1 cm, ed. 10
















Monday, October 13, 2014

The APW Print Fair - selected highlights

What a hectic weekend it's been. After all the build-up and hard work from everyone concerned, the first APW Print Fair is over. The APW staff were on hand for the entire weekend and looked after us so well. I had some great chats with fellow artists and enjoyed meeting the many people who visited my stand to view and talk about the work.

Fellow APW Print Fair artists were: Elizabeth Barnett, Lauren Carter, Jazmina Cininas, Marisa Coral, Louise Donovan, Jonathan Guthmann, Kate Hudson, Kyoto Imazu, Nina Magee, Ellie Malin, Stephanie Rampton, Tom Sevil and Georgia Thorpe.

Below are selected highlights:

Pictured at my APW Print Fair stand. Photograph: Shane Jones.

Print Fair view. Personnel includes APW Workshop Assistant
Chris Ingham (centre) and Print Fair artists Kate Hudson and Ellie Malin (right)
   Photograph: Shane Jones.

DK (centre) with Print Fair visitors Euan and Catherine Heng.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Your Invitation to the APW Print Fair

Pictured top: Enchanted Hair Ornament #3, 2009,
hand coloured linocut, 30.5 x 23.5 cm, ed. 30

As previously noted, the characters dominating my prints at this weekend’s APW Print Fair, namely the moth-masked women, the butterfly-winged women and the eight sisters whose elaborately coiffed tresses are adorned with enchanted hair ornaments, all appeared in my first fairy tales.

This has prompted me to include one last work in the Print Fair: the Special Edition of There was once… the collected fairy tales, which includes a small linocut, Lace Lepidopteran. It is limited to an edition of 20. Moth Eaten, another fairy tale contained in the book, was the inspiration for the print.

To preview the rest of the work, scroll down to our last blog post, Saturday, 4 October.

Special edition of There was once... with linocut
Lace Lepidopteran, 2010,
16 x 10.5 cmed.20

My prints and I will be at the Print Fair on both days; we hope you will stop by.

APW Print Fair
Australian Print Workshop
Fitzroy, 3065
T: 03 9419 5466

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October
Hours: 10 am–5 pm each day.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Moth Woman Press at the APW Print Fair


In recent weeks most of my time and energy has been spent in preparation for the inaugural Australian Print Workshop Print Fair, which will run on the weekend of 11-12 October.

I’ll be showing selected linocuts from three suites of work: the Moth Masks (2009) the Enchanted Hair Ornaments (2009) and the Winged Women (2010) which were the subjects of my fairy tales The Story of the Moth Masks, The Enchanted Hair Ornaments and Swarm. These stories appeared in our maiden Moth Woman Press publication There was once… the collected fairy tales (2009).

Moth Masks, 2009, hand coloured linocuts, 15x15 cm, ed. 30

The Enchanted Hair Ornaments, 2009, hand coloured linocuts,
30.5 x 23.5 cm, ed. 30

Winged Women, 2010, linocuts, 32x32 cm, ed. 30

Mounted and packaged in readiness for the APW Print Fair


APW Print Fair
Australian Print Workshop
210 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, 3065
T: 03 9419 5466

Hours: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October
10 am–5 pm each day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PAGE.PRINT.POST. opening event


PAGE.PRINT.POST. 50 Years of Artist Books was launched last Saturday, July 19. It marked my second visit to the show. Accurately anticipating a jam-packed opening, I sneaked a peek during the week, soon after the show had been installed. I was fortunate to have the gallery entirely to myself, enabling me spend some quality time with the work. Even so, it will take several visits to absorb it all. It's an exciting, dynamic show, elegantly and cohesively presented. Curators Debbie Hill and Geoff Willis have done a sterling job, especially considering the prodigious amount of book art and, as this show bears witness, the seemingly infinite forms it can take.

The opening was enormous fun - a lively, crowded affair. It was great to catch up with several friends, including local artists Jimmy Pasakos, Loris Button, Carole Wilson, her partner Annie, and two of our favourite book artists, Melbourne-based Gracia and Louise, who have several works in the show. Our friends Tim Gresham and Gaye Britt surprised us by driving from Melbourne to attend the opening, which capped off a splendid opening event.

PAGE.PRINT.POST. runs until August 9.
Post Office Gallery
Federation University Australia
Corner Sturt and Lydiard Streets 
Ballarat Vic 3350
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 1 - 4 pm


L-R: Louise Jennison and Gracia Haby. The display cabinet directly
behind Louise displays some of their marvellous books and zines 

Shane and I with five of my Tall Tales artist books. Photograph by
Louise Jennison

PAGE.PRINT.POST. curators Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis

From left: Jimmy Pasakos, Loris Button and far left: Geoff Wallis

L-R: Gaye Britt, Tim Gresham and Shane Jones

My artist book Women with Wings, 2010, was also included
in the show

The opening's close, when the crowd had finally thinned out