Stories

June 13, 2020 - Amelia Bloom – Dreamer By Trade

 

 

Amelia Bloom understands how broken everything is, yet she remains invested in her dreaming, not only for herself, but for everyone else.

Amelia Bloom’s French flavoured imagination paints a beautiful picture of a world full of hope and peace.  She gently reminds us of the magic of dreaming and its ability to create a better world – both real, and imagined.

 

 

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Amelia Bloom dreamed every street corner had a worry bank so everyone felt safe.

 

 

 

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Amelia Bloom dreamed flowers grew in clouds and their petals flew to all the dark corners of the world.

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June 2, 2020 - Difference Matters

 

 

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It began with a Black Dog who, much like the fabled little black duck – was different.

 

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Unaccepted for his difference he sought refuge in dark places.

 

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In time, the darkness revealed others sheltering in the shadows that drew reflections of himself.

 

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In the belonging, he gained the strength to raise a hand above the nodding and question why suffering souls too often go unheard.

 

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Burdened by the silence and neglect, he began to bark loudly despite those troubled by the noise.

 

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And when backs were turned to bury all that had been found – Black Dog continued digging for all that had been lost.

 

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Hope grew from every hand that gave purely for the giving.  And so, despite colour and size and the absence of wealth, and with the friends that followed…

 

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…Black Dog claimed a space for those who may never fit, in a world too big for most.  Those who seek to move beyond minds too small.

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Those who seek freedom from the relentless pace of a world spinning way too fast to catch.

 

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Now, as the world continues to turn away from the darkness in favour of, “Have a nice days”‘ and all that’s shiny and new…

 

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…Black Dog continues to hold a place for all that’s lost and found .

 

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The Black Dog Project Story.

Clunk & Jam Book.

June 1, 2020 - Impossible Things

 

 

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Ever wished you were a Super Hero and could save the world, but you can’t, so you’ve all but given up on yourself.  Then someone tells you a story about a French tightrope walker who strings a wire between the Twin Tower buildings in New York.  As her prepares to step onto the wire, he turns to his loyal companion and says;

“This is impossible – so let’s get started.”

An you string that wire across the gap between your dream and reality – and it forever holds you in your dreaming.

 

 

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Then you watch a Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight’, and the Super Hero himself succumbs to the darkness.  But it is the wise words of the loyal Butler that serve to resurrect the Bat;

“Master Wayne – we must endure.”

And you slip them into your back pocket.

 

 

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It is the Joker who hides behind powder and paint.   Wearing boots too big to move too far and an endless grin that sucks you in.   It is the night so black that brings the bat to beat some sense into a head so full it takes on the form of another.

Find in Clunk & Jam book.  True story about the French tight rope walker here.

May 14, 2020 - A Date With Use-By

 

(Clunk & Jam book.  All content from book freely available in Black Dog’s blog here.)

 

May 12, 2020 - Clunk & Jam in FOUND

 

 

Both Clunk & Jam and Wisdoms and Rose books are now available in Fremantle Art Centre’s FOUND online store.  FOUND showcases work from a range of local and Western Australian Makers.  Very grateful for their warm support.  Instagram @fremantleartcentre .  Cover art by Stormie Mills.

 

Rose paste-up in Fremantle Art Centre’s FOUND.

 

May 2, 2020 - Once Upon A Dark Time

 

Army of Ink Once upon a time

 

Once Upon A Dark Time …

…in a land of smiles, bad things happened.  Children were broken into.  Nothing said.  Nothing done.  And so the innocent grew, not up, but small.  But this was not to be the end.  In the darkness little helpers gathered spilling rich black into soft white sheets.  Tailoring picture books to fill empty spaces.  Telling truth that grew much taller than a world too big to fit.  Until size no longer mattered and little souls were reawakened by the rhythms and rhymes of songs that carried them all the way home – ensuring they’d never be beaten again.

 

Footnote:  This story reflects Black Dog’s underground publishing ethos and led to the idea of making books and gifting them to young people in the community through  sponsorship.  Find in Clunk & Jam 2019, original story in handmade book, ‘Rock The Boat’, 2009).