Stories

May 31, 2020 - Street Stories

 

 

Boots (the Clown) was a worrier (underneath).  She worried about all the trouble in the world.  She worried it was getting even harder for those struggling to be heard or seen amidst the din of selling, frenzy of buying and glare of celebrity.

 

Boots worried endlessly about the children.  The fires.  The trees.  The animals.  The ocean.  The air.  And that one day, everything would be lost.  All these worries seemed impossible to do anything about.  Until one strange day, the curtain went up.

Time stopped.  Something was in the air that changed everything.  People began to see each other again.  Help each other again.  Speak to their neighbours.  Wave to strangers.  Smile at each other through windows.  The world was warming – but this time in a good way.

What felt impossible yesterday, now felt so much closer to possible.  And with new things to worry about, the old worries suddenly took a back seat.

But Boots wasn’t worried that those things were being neglected.  Boots could see that the solution to many of the old worries was on its way through the changes the world was making to solve the new worry.

And so, through the urgency and seriousness of the new worry, for the very first time, the whole world united.  Everyone was finally waking up.  A new way had to be seen.  The music could now be heard.  The crowd were singing together.  And this time, they were not so out of tune.

 

(Boots The Clown – Out of Isolation.  March, 2020).

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.

December 3, 2019 - Box full of hope and heart

 

 

Thank you to the kind people who sponsor books to be given to community groups for the young people they are supporting.  This box is bound for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in rural Northam.

 

 

The idea of making the book bags (pockets, pouches) above, for The Black Dog Project came from spending time with young people who’d experienced trauma, and my own experience of it.   When you’ve experienced trauma ‘safe places’ and ‘being held’ become very important.  The books themselves are created with that in mind – soft paper, muted tones, ink soaked deep into the page.  Characters who ‘hold you’.   And space.

 

 

The community groups who gift the books to those they’re supporting say the kids often hold the books to their chests (hearts) with a sense of preciousness.  So from that emerged the idea of creating a safe place to keep the books in and somewhere to add their own things.   A group of friends got together with their sewing machines and made a beautiful batch of the pouches.   They have a soft draw string cord and a symbol embroidered by hand with string.  The symbol being code for ‘righting the wrongs’.

 

 

The hand-made part of the gift box is really important.  Interestingly, we had some graphically designed and slickly printed black dog bookmarks done in 2010 but the counsellors say the kids are always drawn to the handmade things.  Like the cardboard squares cut from the back cover of art journals and stamped with The Black Dog Project stamp on one side and Clunk & Jam typewriter on the other.   Aside from being ‘quiet’ and softly sensory, maybe it’s because they’re imperfect and no two are the same?  A good message about the value of difference maybe?  And things not being perfect?

 

October 30, 2019 - Amelia & Robin At Planet

 

 

Thanks again to Planet Books for the wall space at the rear of the bookshop for Robin and Amelia.

 

 

 

October 24, 2019 - Fitzroy Book Library

 

 

Donated some copies of Clunk & Jam, Wisdoms of Rose, cards and paste-ups to Condell Growers and Sharers community library and vege garden in Condell Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

 

 

 

September 1, 2019 - Fremantle Art Centre Book Installation

 

 

To coincide with the opening of the 2019 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award,  a display including the new edition of Clunk & Jam will be in FOUND.  Thank you to India for putting so much time and love into setting up the display and Pia for the very warm support – always.