Thursday, September 11, 2014

Palimpsest zine and Exhibition

The zine is done! It looks like this:

Yesterday we had a rather frantic time putting it all together. The exhibition is in the niche cabinets at the City Library - there are drawings, photos, assemblages, cut-outs, cut-ups and a teapot. Also included is out map of (mostly) true Melbourne stories. 

The exhibition will be up until the end of September, and the zine until all the copies get taken away. You can find it at the City Library, Sticky and Signal

And here we are post-hang and pre-dumplings!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Palimpsest 4 - Books, Nouns, Buildings

This week we meandered to the City Library to check out their niche cabinets for the exhibition. There are lots of nooks and crannies and the library has a lively buzz and everyman feeling. What would we do without libraries?! We each selected a book from their Melbourne section and chose a picture to write a postcard scene/poem.

The book I found selected was Ola Cohn's Fairies Tree. But I was too absorbed in it to write from it so that will have to come later. The lines I found most arresting:

"It is believed a magpie that lived in its branches carried a lit cigarette there, and so started the blaze soon to light up the sky ..."

Following on from last week's homework - to write about our days in nouns - we each chose three nouns, put them in a pot and then attempted to write something that incorporated all three. There was some complaint of the sameness of our days, and I think from now on I'm going to stretch my brain to find the most interesting noun of my day (surely there must be one) ...

My three words were: container, tunnel and children.
Here is a snippet:

"I promised I would not show them or tell people. But, but, but. You would not think they would be so hard to look after. I grew to hate their little faces, their high, pinging voices..."

Our workshops are relatively short (2 hours), and looking through my notebook I seem to have collected a lot of beginnings. I will save them for a 'stuck' day.

The homework was to select a building - either from the lovely Collins St Sketchbook or from our own wanderings and create a story from it.