I’m happy to report that the State Library of Queensland has recently purchased two of my artists’ books to add to their collection. The library has an extensive collection of artists’ books, all searchable in their online catalogue and available to be viewed on request. The books added to the collection were “Sections of Life; Black Mountain” which includes a sequence of relief prints taken from a small animal jawbone, and “Drooping Sheoak”, which is a sequence of prints from sections through a Casuarina seed pod. Both were made in my Canberra days, one associated with walking and camping on Black Mountain, the other Mt Ainslie. The Library also has a copy of the broadside ‘Sky’ which I made with Ampersand Duck.
Meanwhile, I’m currently involved in collecting of a very different kind. I have joined a crew of professional seed collectors, and we have been working in State Forests in norther NSW, collecting native seed to be used in landscape restoration projects and the like. We’ve been working hard, and I’ve had little extra time or energy for drawing, but I’ve been taking a lot of photo’s of the processes along the way, to transform clippings from some bushes growing in the forest, into bags of pure seed. We’re not there yet, and the final stages will be done back at ‘HQ’, but we are working our way through a lot of material.