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Perth – Pica 2

Delicate botanical drawings on paper, by Jessica Price, are also part of the “Hatched” exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) (see previous blog post).

Hatched 2


Perth – Pica

“Hatched” at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) is an interesting exhibition of works by graduating arts students from around Australia.
In her work, Sacha Barker has sewn, with black thread, text from her own diaries onto pieces of fabric that look like pages from a book.

Hatched 1

Claremont – Off the Page 2

The “Off the Page” art installations continue to be on display until 13 May 2018. At the Empire Homewares store on Leura Avenue there is an interesting work by Los Angles based artist, Mike Stilkey, who almost always paints on the spines of books.
His painting pays tribute to Claremont’s first teacher, a Mrs Herbert, and will remain permanently on display at the local Freshwater Bay museum.

Off The Page Claremont 5

Claremont – Off the Page

In conjunction with the Scribblers Festival (previous post), art instillations inspired by books, paper and print are being exhibited around Claremont town centre. Called “Off the Page”, the art installations by 10 artists can mostly be found in shop windows. At the Lane Bookshop, UK artist, Jennifer Collier, has recycled pages of the local “Post” newspaper, to produce a typewriter.

Off the Page 1

Claremont – Scribblers Festival

Coming up in May at the Goods Shed, just north of Claremont station, is the Scribblers Festival for kids and families. Celebrating both literature and art, the festival will have lots of activities for young people. A vintage caravan is already in place, its windows decorated with a book theme, and ready to act as a studio for podcasts of interviews with authors.

Claremont Scribblers Festival


Oxford – Lewis Carroll 2

Opposite Alice’s Shop (see previous post) is Christ Church College with its impressive main gateway topped by the Tom Tower. Designed by Christopher Wren and built in 1681, the tower houses Great Tom, a huge bell weighing more than six ton, which is rung every night.
Charles Dodgson lived in sight of the Tom Tower when he was a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church. Using the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, he published Alice in Wonderland, after first telling the stories to Alice Liddell, the 10 year old daughter of the dean of the college.Christ Church Oxford

Oxford – Lewis Carroll

Just about everything in the English city of Oxford has a literary connection, but one of the most obvious is Alice’s Shop in St Aldates, which claims to be the original of the Old Sheep Shop which Alice visits in “Through the Looking Glass”. In the book it is a sweets shop, but it is now selling all sorts of Alice in Wonderland stuff.

Alice Shop Oxford

England – Weatherland

Author, Alexandra Harris, has taken the everyday subject of the weather and turned it into entertaining literature. Her book, “Weatherland”, published in 2016, explores how the English weather has affected the country’s art and literature over the centuries.
On our 2016 visit to England we enjoyed a sunny day in Oxford and captured this view of Merton College framed by beautiful clouds. The ever changing English weather and clouds in particular, are discussed at great length in Weatherland, from the viewpoint of various writers and poets such as Swift, Wordsworth, Shelley and Dickens.

Oxford College n Clouds

Shenton Park – Book Bazaar 2

Just a second mention that the second-hand books on sale at the Book Bazaar (see previous blog) are an interesting selection and are well-displayed in sections in alphabetical order. Under Australian fiction, found these two interesting novels.
“Gang of Four” by local writer, Liz Byrski, is her first published novel in which she establishes her style of serious chic lit for 50 plus women. “Watershed” by Adelaid-based Indigenous writer, Fabienne Bayet-Charlton is set on the iconic Murray River.

Book Bazaar Shenton Park 2