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Bookplates on Exhibition

The Australian Bookplate Award is running its exhibition until the 19 December at Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands. I haven’t been down to see yet, but it looks as though at least one of our family bookplates will be part of the exhibition, judging from this lovely newspaper article. Click the link below to visit the article.

Under the covers: bookplates offer a window into ‘untold histories’

Robert Littlewood with some of the bookplates included in the exhibition.

Robert Littlewood with some of the bookplates included in the exhibition. Photo: Joe Armao

A Geoffrey Ricardo design.

A Geoffrey Ricardo design. Photo: Joe Armao

A Dianne Fogwell design.

A Dianne Fogwell design. Photo: Joe Armao

A Megan Fisher design.

A Megan Fisher design. Photo: Joe Armao

A Judy Watson design.

A Judy Watson design.  Photo: Joe Armao

A Larissa Macfarlane design.

A Larissa Macfarlane design. Photo: Joe Armao

My husband Scott thinks that bookplates bear a remarkable similarity to wine labels in many respects. I hadn’t thought of that (surprisingly) but had compared them with stamps. I can imagine opening a bottle of Amelia Beecroft Pinot Grigio though, it’s true.

I’m surprised that this biennial award doesn’t attract more entries. It’s a rather fascinating art form and so wonderfully relevant to book illustrators. It seems an especially appealing project for schools to participate in as well. But as I discovered The Australian Bookplate Design Award only this year, perhaps others too will fall in love with bookplates in the near future.

Art(z) Blitz (stubborn aren’t I?) – 2013 highlights

I had a busy day clearing up the mess yesterday. It was chaos here. So I popped down to the exhibition opening only briefly to join in the fun, and took a few photos and even bought a painting! Hooray! Fellow Blitzer, Sassy bought some art too. It’s so good to buy something. The artists will be happy, we are happy, Kingston Council is happy.


Nathaniel Jeffrey’s polymer clay work called ‘Connect Eight’ bought by Sassy

Here’s Sassy’s own lovely collage.


and here is her eight year old daughter Esther’s beautiful work. This one got my people’s choice vote.



This is the one I bought. It looks like Hieronymus Bosch painted it in 1956. Awesome! Not sure how the blue frame will look in our house, but I suspect it’s an integral part of the artwork. Hmmmm.

This year I noticed they had mixed everything up nicely. Kids art all mixed up with adult art. This is very good. One reason is that this is a community event exhibiting work from school children, hobby artists, complete non-artists having a bit of fun, through to semi or professional artists. It’s such a mix that it is fitting to mush them all together.

Another reason is that it avoids unnecessary mortification on behalf of those poor, innocent, damaged victims of mis-categorisation! Yes, it’s true… I’m still blushing!

Once upon a time, before all the age groups were mixed together, my piece was exhibited in the children’s art room. I love children’s art for its naive beauty, experimental quality and the quirkiness of the lines they make. Upon reflection, I should be proud to have had my work mistaken for that of a child. But I guess the real problem was that I had been too serious about Artz Blitz as a competition, was trying very hard and I wasn’t happy with my own picture. So it was inevitable that I would view the mistake with irony rather than pride. Ah well! I noticed this year that I enjoyed the experience much more and was pretty indifferent to the competition aspect. So I have learned something!

Here’s a picture by Phyllis Fernandez who had the same idea as me.


Phyllis’s baby has more attitude than mine I think :-)

Here are two embodiments of another idea that was on my brainstorm sheet. The elephants linked trunk to tail: A beautifully executed wire sculpture that won the Youth Prize. (Sorry I didn’t record the name of the artist. Will have to check it out later and update.) And a very cute pastel in a 50s looking white frame by Fiona Carter.


I like wire sculpture. I think that’s something I’d like to play with one day. It looks really fun.


Here’s another child’s artwork. Gabriel Martindale’s lovely train done in ink and watercolour. Gorgeous.


lovely bold stuff, with fine liner details. Great colour!

Here’s the piece by last year’s winner of the 2D section, Craig Fry. Very nice again. Wish I could show you a photo of last year’s one.


Here’s a sunset quilt that I liked a lot. (Once again, I’m sorry I didn’t photograph it clearly enough to read the name of the artist.)


And last of all, the 2D second prize winner, which I really liked a lot. But I must admit I would have liked it even better if it had not had the human hidden behind the smaller bird. It is by Michael Kemp and is a mixed media called ‘Wanting and Being’. Sorry about the poor quality of my photograph.


So that’s it for Art(z) Blitz until I get to go and collect my new painting and see what it looks like on my wall. Hooray!

Hello From Australia - Australian illustrators exhibited in Korea

This is an article from the Korea JoongAng Daily, about a triple faceted exhibition ‘Faces of Australia’ at the Korea Foundation Cultural Centre Gallery until 7 March. It features the photographic works of Lee Kyung-wook; a range of books and prints by Australian illustrators, and showcases the work of Shaun Tan. Ann James, wearing a sling because she broke her wrist on the ice shortly after her arrival in Korea, talks about the exhibition. My mice from ‘Goodnight, Mice!’ are bedding down for the night at the top, just over Ann’s glorious ‘It’s a Miroocool’ dust cloud. I hope they don’t get dust in their whiskers.
Many thanks to Ann Haddon and Ann James for once again showcasing Australia’s illustrators overseas. You can see more photos from their trip and this exhibition at the Books Illustrated blog, listed on this page.