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 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Updated flight information for Homo-insecta

Here at Moth Woman Press we are printing and hand-colouring up a storm as the Insect Women yet again prepare to take wing. The Homo-insecta artist book has just been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints, which will be launched on Friday 5 September. Homo-insecta will also be the star attraction of an eponymous solo exhibition, scheduled for November 24 - December 15 at the Art Vault in Mildura.

Above from top:
Emergent Cicada Woman lino block inked up for printing
Hand colouring Spider-Hunting Wasp Woman; and
Frog Hopper Woman (cover art) 

Friday, July 4, 2014


Moth Woman Press is delighted to announce that our artist book Homo-insecta has been short-listed for the 2014 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

This year’s judges were Peter Burgess (NSW): Artist, Co-Acting Head, Printmaking Department, National Art School, Sydney and former FAC Print Award winner (2004 and 2011); Dr Anne Kirker (QLD): Freelance Art Consultant, Curator and Writer; and Leigh Robb (WA): Curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. They selected 55 works for the final exhibition from 272 entries submitted from around Australia.

Pictured above: Homo-insecta, 2013, artist book, linocuts and inkjet printed texts, edition 10
Closed book: 33H x 24W x 1.5D cm;
Cover art: Frog Hopper Woman, linocut, hand coloured 22.5 x 12.5 cm

Saturday, June 28, 2014

PAGE.PRINT.POST. 50 Years of Artist Books

My one-of-a-kind vertical concertina books A Tall Tale, Lyrebird, Quicksand, Castles in the Hair and Bluebird have been curated into the artist book exhibition PAGE.PRINT.POST. 50 Years of Artist Books at the Post Office Gallery, Federation University, Ballarat.

Curators Debbie Hill and Geoff Wallis have selected a range of works that highlight the sheer diversity of book art over half a century, including Mail Art, Printed Books and Altered/Sculpted Books. These have been sourced from far and near, including UWE Bristol (UK) Geelong Arts Alliance and Field Study International.

The exhibition will include rare publications by artist book pioneers Ed Ruscha and Dieter Rot, May Stevens, Nan Becker Nancy Holt and members of  the Fluxus movement.
Artist books and postal art by contemporary artists, including Nicholas Jones, Deanna Hitti, Angela Cavalieri, Gracia and Louise, Deborah Klein, David Dellafiora, Sarah Bodman and Guy Begbie, will also be presented.
Pictured above: Deborah Klein, artist books (unique) 2013, pigmented drawing ink and acrylic on Khadi paper with cloth binding, 80 x 15 cm (open).

July 16-August 9 
Post Office Gallery*
Federation University Australia
Corner Sturt and Lydiard Streets 
Ballarat Vic 3350
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 1 - 4 pm

*(Just down the road from the Art Gallery of Ballarat)
Disabled Access
Convenient parking nearby on Sturt, Camp and Lydiard Streets
Official opening:
Saturday July 19, 4-6 pm
The exhibition will be launched by David Dellafiora, 
Co-founder Field Study International, 4pm for 4.30.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Biblio Art Awards, 2014

Recently Jo Canham, Director of Blarney Books and Art in Port Fairy, invited me to be a guest judge of their 6th Biblio Art Awards, along with local artist Essie Warmuth.
The announcement of the Grand Prize. From left: judges
Essie Warmuth and yours truly, with Dean and Jo from
Blarney Books and Art

This year’s Biblio was launched last Saturday evening to a packed gallery. Judging an award is, at best, a hugely responsible, daunting - and almost inevitably, subjective task. The sheer range of astonishing, inventive work made the process doubly challenging.

Avril Makula, What Katy Did, 2014, artist book

The prize winning entry, What Katy Did, an artist book by Avril Makula, is playful, knowing, elegant, aesthetically and technically assured. It also ticks all the boxes in relation to Biblio’s brief, particularly in the manner its methods and materials are integral to the story, in this case a spirited re-telling of the  hoary old novel by Susan Coolidge. Avril’s altered book cheekily restores Katy’s independent “Tomboy” spirit that during the course of the original cautionary tale is cruelly - indeed, sadistically - wrested from her.

The other award winners were Polyanna Guthrie (Youth Award); Helen Fitzhardinge (Blarney Books and Art Storytellers Award); Anne-Maree Hunter (3D award – sponsored by Bluestone Magazine). Nine-year-old twins Tom and Darcy Lynch also received an encouragement award for their entry. 

From right, Essie Warmuth, my fellow Biblio judge with
her partner Susan and my partner Shane Jones

Working with fellow judge, Essie was an absolute pleasure. Jo and Dean of Blarney books were generous, thoughtful hosts, who we really enjoyed getting to know during the course of the weekend.

  It was a delight to see some familiar faces.
From left: Jazmina Cininas, David Frazer and Fiona

For more about the winning works visit Blarney Books and Art HERE.

For a detailed account of the Award Night, read the article in Bluestone Magazine HERE.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A new fairy tale

There was once a dark, small, narrow girl whose life was also dark, small and narrow. This was hardly surprising, as she had lived most of it in the same dark, small, narrow house. The head of the household was her father, a widower with five strapping sons. He was very rich, but also very miserly. Naturally, he thought it completely unnecessary to hire a servant when he had his daughter to cook, clean the house and sew, mend and wash all their clothes.

In the afternoons when she was in the garden hanging out the laundry, the girl would gaze longingly at the yellow butterflies at play. Because of them and the flowers they loved to visit, the garden was the only cheery place on her father's property. The girl was not given to complaining. Still, sometimes she fairly ached to be able to fly away like her beloved butterflies. 

One day she noticed that there were hundreds of the yellow, swirling insects in the garden. She lifted her weary head, smiled broadly and opened her tired arms in a grateful gesture of welcome. All at once they flew to her, like moths drawn to a flame - although on this occasion it was more like flames drawn to a moth. Stranger yet, it appeared that each time a butterfly settled, a tiny fragment of her earthbound self disappeared. A cocoon began to form. By the time all vestiges of the girl had vanished, the chrysalis had miraculously metamorphosed into the biggest and brightest butterfly of them all. Still the butterflies swarmed. Soon all you could see was a shimmering golden cloud. Seconds later, it spiraled upwards into the sky. Higher and higher the butterfly cloud flew. It put the very sun to shame. Then, in a blink, it vanished from sight. The girl's dumbfounded menfolk witnessed the entire spectacle from the window of their dining room, where they had been impatiently waiting for their afternoon tea to be served.

From that day, her brothers were forced to fend entirely for themselves. At first their efforts were abysmal failures, but in time they learned to manage. They didn't exactly enjoy their household chores, however, and they developed a grudging respect for their erstwhile sister. Even with five of them sharing the workload, they had little time left to pursue their former adventures. They came to regret deeply that their selfishness had made it impossible for her to have any adventures at all. They missed her cheerful disposition and her clear, bell-like song as she uncomplainingly, unceasingly worked. They also missed the yellow butterflies. But neither they, nor the girl were ever seen again. Without their sister's singing and the yellow butterflies that had pollinated the flowers, the garden was a dead, deserted, dismal place.

Their father, however, was unrepentant. He was furious to have lost an unpaid servant. There was now scant opportunity for his sons to hunt and gather and fill his coffers. "Stupid girl!" declared the father. "Didn't she know that most butterflies only live for a few days?"

"Maybe it was worth it to her," answered his sons.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Biblio Artist Books at Clunes Booktown

After an eventful month in London (more about that in later posts) we returned to Australia just in time for Clunes Booktown on the weekend of 3 & 4 May. As reported in our last post, Moth Woman Press were proud to be invited to participate in Booktown’s inaugural Biblio-Artist Books, which was curated by Nicholas Jones. Fellow Biblio artists were David Frazer, Angela Cavalieri, An Kyunghee, Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison, Deanna Hitti, Tai Smith, Dianne Longley and Nicholas Jones. The State Library of Victoria and Melbourne University’s Baillieu Library also had impressive displays.

There was no time to acknowledge the inevitable jetlag or the nasty dose of flu that accompanied me back to the Antipodes. Over an incredibly hectic but exhilarating weekend we had hundreds of visitors, many of them new to artist books. There was much positive response to our own work and to Biblio in general.

Click on images to enlarge.

Tired but happy at the end of Day 1
Moth Woman Press artist books and zines

Birthday drinks for Des Cowley. From left: Des, Angela Cavalieri, Robert
Heather, Shane Jones, Steven Kafkarisos, David Frazer and Dianne Longley

Just before the crowds arrived. In the background: Biblio artist Tai Smith,
Susan Millard of the Baillieu Library, the State Library of Victoria's
Robert Heather and Des Cowley and Biblio artist Louise Jennison

From left: Louise Jennison, Sara Gubby,  Gracia Haby, Dianne Longley,
Shane Jones and David Frazer

Angela Cavalieri and Gracia Haby

We even got a mention in the Ballarat Courier. To read the article, Art speaks louder than words by Kara Irving, click HERE

Photograph courtesy the Courier

For more about Biblio, visit my Art Blog.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sneak Peek: New zines for Clunes Booktown

As we announced in our previous post, Moth Woman Press has been invited to exhibit our books at the renowned Clunes Booktown on 3-4 May. We will join a group of distinguished book artists including Gracia and Louise, Nicholas Jones, Angela Cavalieri and David Frazer. It’s the first time that a section of Booktown will be devoted entirely to artist books.

MWP will chiefly be exhibiting a selection of one-of-a-kind books from the Tall Tales series. But we also wanted to take the opportunity to make some new zines especially for Booktown.

Awhile back I began some experiments with folded zines using iPad apps for the layout and design. They never came to fruition, partly because other projects intervened. These unresolved tests became the basis for the new work.

I began with a grid constructed on Strip Designer. Images of my artwork, variously altered in the Etchings, Face on Coins, Pic Collage and Phoster apps, were downloaded into the grid. The zines were laser printed, then cut and folded.

The four zines I've made using this new method are: The Shadow Women, Parts 1-3 and Republic of Mothstralia - Coins of the Realm, featuring the infamous Moth Woman Vigilantes.

Pictured above:

Top, from left: Shadowomen 3, Shadow Women 2 and The Shadow Women, 2014, zines, laser printed, 10.5 x 7.5 cm (closed). Edition: 100

Bottom: Republic of Mothstralia - Coins of the Realm2014, zine, laser printed, 10.5 x 7.5 cm (closed). Edition: 100

More Tall Tales to tell

A selection of Tall Tales, unique concertina books, 2013,
ink and acrylic on Khadi paper, 80 x 15 cm (open)

It's been an eventful few weeks at Moth Woman Press, Recently we were invited to participate in Biblio, the inaugural artist books section of Clunes Booktown, which will take place over the weekend of 3-4 May. Biblio is curated by book artist Nicholas Jones and its special advisor is Robert Heather. I've been preparing well in advance, as I'm shortly heading off for a month in London and will return only days before the event. (More about Booktown in my next post).

Meanwhile, an article by Scott Rothstein that predominantly focuses on the Tall Tales artist books, a selection of which I'll be showing at Booktown, has just been published in the online arts journal Hand/Eye. You can read the article, In Silhouette - Deborah Klein's diverse and eclectic paper art, HERE.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Craft Arts International - Profiles in Print

The current edition of Craft Arts International includes an essay by Professor Sasha Grishin that focuses entirely on my printmaking practice; the most detailed and comprehensive to date. It is lavishly illustrated, as the images below will testify. My grateful thanks to Professor Grishin for approaching me with his idea for the article and of course for the article itself. It is one of a series he has undertaken profiling Australian printmakers and I'm proud to be included in their number.

Pictured below:
Profiles in Print - DEBORAH KLEIN by Prof. Sasha Grishin, pages 50-55, Craft Arts International No. 90, 2014.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Nature in Print

The Nature in Print linocut workshop, part of the Australian Print Workshop's Summer School finished yesterday (see also previous post). At the end of each day I came home very tired but always extremely happy. I had a marvellous time working with class instructor Simon White and printmaking students Marie, Thea, Linda, Chris, Margaret, Bronwyn, Jini, Tristana, Gaele and Richarda. It would be difficult to find a more delightful group.

There was much hard work, but somehow we found time for some great chats and sharing of information and ideas. There were some writers in the group, who recognised the considerable potential for incorporating printmaking with their writing practices.

I was awed by the quality - and quantity - of what was achieved in just three days.

Pictured directly below is my own linocut in progress, Jewel Beetle Woman, which was made especially for this workshop, followed by some snapshots taken during what was an extraordinarily productive three days. To see more highlights from the workshop, visit my art blog HERE.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Special guest artist, 2014 APW Summer School

The Australian Print Workshop has invited me to be a special guest artist of the 2014 APW Summer School, along with Vicki Couzens, Juan Ford, Tim Jones, Roslyn Kean and Lisa Roet.

My workshop will begin with a field trip to the Natural History section of Melbourne Museum. I have researched much of my own work there, particularly in the brilliant Bugs Alive! section.

During the three-day workshop I will produce a limited edition print in collaboration with Master Printer Simon White.

Full details of the APW Summer School workshops can be accessed via the links below:

Linocut and the Melbourne Museum
Instructor: APW Printer Simon White

Tuesday 28 January – Thursday 30 January
10 am – 4 pm each day

Australian Print Workshop
219 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
03 9419 546

Download the enrolment form here:

Illustrations from top:
Louise Weaver, le tigre, photo-lithograph (cover art, APW brochure)
Heterodontonyx bicolour wasps, Melbourne Museum
Deborah Klein, Spider-hunting Wasp Woman 
2013, from Homo-insecta Portfolio, 2013, linocut, hand coloured 29.5 x 21 cm

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year

As Moth Woman Press returns for another year, here is our wish for all of you:

Pictured above: Bluebird and Castles in the Hair, each 2013, unique concertina books, ink and acrylic on Khadi paper, 80 x 15 cm (open). Published by Moth Woman Press, Melbourne and Ballarat.

We are delighted to announce that these and other works from the Tall Tales series of artist books will be exhibited at Blarney Books and Art in Port Fairy during September - October. Further details will be posted closer to the time.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmoth Greetings

As a particularly hectic year draws to a close, we pause to reflect upon its highs and lows - at least we would if all-consuming Yuletide had not descended upon us just as our final project for 2013 came to an end. (See previous post). Like Ebenezer Scrooge, we could cry "Bah, Humbug!" Indeed, there have been times that we actually have (or words to that effect). But ultimately, we follow the adage "If you can't beat them, join them".

Shane and I are not into the rampant consumerism that dominates this time of year. But we love our little Christmas tree and over the years have collected many decorations from our travels. Now that we have another home in Ballarat, we have acquired a second, much larger tree, so our decoration collecting knows no bounds. Each one has a special memory, often connected to a distant friend. See the Ballarat tree HERE. Pictured below is our original, much loved Melbourne tree.

We wish you all nothing but the best for Christmastime and the year ahead and hope that you will continue to drop into Moth Woman Press whenever it pleases you.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wonder Room: Last days

As the end of Wonder Room fast approaches, I hereby present some edited highlights. I hope they will bring back some pleasant memories for those who have seen the show, and galvanize those who haven't to get along to Maroondah Art Gallery by the final day: Saturday, November 30. The photograph directly below was taken by Shane Jones at last Saturday's Artist Talk.
Artist talk: DK (standing left) with Curator Lisa Byrne
We had a warm, lively audience, who asked some great questions. Thanks very much indeed to everyone who came along, to fellow artist and speaker Paul Compton and to the wonderful gallery folk, particularly Curator Lisa Byrne and Assistant Curator Clinton Greenwood.

One of our audience members was artist and blogger Penny Peckham, who has since reviewed our exhibition on her art blog Word and Image. You can read it HERE.

The remaining installation views, which were taken by the inimitable Tim Gresham, focus primarily on the artist books I made for the show. For further installation views, and more snapshots of the Artist Talk, visit my Art Blog HERE

Wonder Room installation view, Gallery 1. Left-right: works by Paul
Compton, Deborah Klein, Heather Shimmen and Rona Green

Homo Insecta Portfolio installation view

Homo-insecta Portfolio (detail) 

Installation view, Gallery 2. Left-right: works by Deborah Klein, Heather
Shimmen, Rona Green and Heather Shimmen

Tall Tales, unique artist books: installation view