Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition

Bringing together artists from around the globe to share their own stories in artist book form. Sharing similarities, diversities and individual perspectives. Highlighting the dynamic world of artist books.

REDLAND MUSEUM: 12 October - 30 November 2014

For more information please contact the Coordinator, Robyn Foster (email:


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Redland Museum - Exhibition Opening

The opening for the first of the Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibitions will be at:

10am (Australian EST)
Sunday 12 OCTOBER 2014

 Redland Museum
60 Smith Street
Cleveland  Qld  4163
ph:   (07) 3286 3494

Please rsvp by Monday 6 October to Redland Museum if you are interested in coming along.

Thank you and congratulations to each artist whose work is included in this exhibition.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Feature Artist - TIM LAURIN

is a master printmaker from Ontario, Canada.
Working from his self renovated Octopus Studio Press site which, in a former life, was the one room 1938 Tyrone School, Tim skilfully combines new and old technologies to create absorbing artworks.

Originally trained as a fine craftsman working in metal and glass, Tim found himself drawn to the media of printmaking around 15 years ago.  Since then he has focused on alternative approaches to intaglio, which often incorporates photo-based sources.  Tim also began exploring the medium of Letterpress printing in 2008 working on a Vandercook Proofing Press #1 and an SP-15. 

The bookwork titled, Masc-U-line, is an exploration of self-identity and the social perception of masculinity.  Appropriating vintage photographs, I combine my photo types with short verse, using lead type in a traditional letterpress format.

The book, Some Men I Know, is a collection of ten portraits.  New technologies such as the internet and smart phones have dramatically changed how I interact with people.  Much of my socializing is now mediated through mobile apps on a 2 by 3 inch screen.  

This series of dry points is directly drawn from the photo-profiles of my acquaintances and have been created  using traditional techniques of drypoint and spit-bite etching. By using the screen capture function on my phone, I save the profile pic of my guy-pals and then begin scratching their likeness into a metal plate.  The result is a tiny print on Japanese washi tissue that is also laminated onto BFK cotton paper (chine colle)


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Feature Artist - ALIZA THOMAS

is a visual artist and paper maker from The Netherlands.

Aliza teaches paper making at the International Papier Biennal Rijswijk  and has done extensive research into the history of Islamic paper making.  She specialises in asian style paper and printmaking and has studied the art of paper making in many places worldwide, including Japan.  She has participated in the paper fashion shows in Jeonju, South Korea which are part of the Hanji Cultural Festival. She has recently made a journalistic contribution, together with the Royal Dutch Library and Henk Porck, to the Hand Paper Making Journal.

As well as all her paper making activities, Aliza has studied the art of  Qigong and Taiji quan (Tai Chi) under the instruction of Mr Gerard Pronk and Grand Master Kong Mien Ho.  She now teaches lessons in Qigong in rehabilitation programmes as well as to companies.  Aliza has travelled to China many times to continue her study of the art there.  

Aliza has exhibited her works in many places worldwide including Amsterdam, Netherlands, South Korea, Bulgaria, France, Australia, Israel, Lithuania, Philippines, Indonesia, Belgium.  Her works are held in many collections including Haifa Museum of Modern Art Israel, Bertha Urdang Gallery New York, University of Cape Town, Cannabis Press Japan, Honolulu Book Arts Society Hawaii, Israel Museum Jerusalem, City of the Hague Holland, Royal Dutch Library Holland and Kyoto Paper Museum Japan.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Feature Artist - LESLEY HAAS

is an artist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.
Lesley spent many of the years between 1988 -2000 living in Heidelberg, Germany. She is currently  back living in  Philadelphia.

Lesley developed an interest in handmade paper after viewing a comprehensive exhibit in New York City in which the artworks were made with paper.  Her technique and style have been influenced over the years by ongoing studio work and by course work with well known paper artists.  She is an active member of the International Association of Hand Paper Makers and Paper Artists (IAPMA).  

 In recent years she has re-used packaging materials, magazines and all types of paper to create her works and scrolls.  Individual collage work is custom made and printed with archival inks and paper.

The signature of my work is the use of natural fibres and pigments from various parts of the world to blend the characteristics of the fibres with different elements of style.  A rough deckled edge exposes the raw textured beauty of what has always drawn me to using paper as my main art medium.  As an extension of my paper making I have also created objects from vegetable papyrus.  Dresses and recycled paper art can also be found among my artworks.

 Lesley has exhibited her works widely in the United States as well as in numerous international exhibitions including in Italy, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, France, Australia, England, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, and Denmark.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Feature Artist - RAVIKUMAR KASHI

is an artist from Bangalore, India, who works in different mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation.

He holds a BFA Painting (College of Fine Arts, Bangalore), an MFA Printmaking (Faculty of Fine Arts M.S. University, Baroda, and an MA in English from Mysore University.

Ravikumar has studied paper making under J Parry at the Papermaking Resource, Glasgow School of Art, UK, and also learnt Hanji (traditional Korean paper making) with Jang Yong Hoon and Seong Woo at Jang Ji Bang, South Korea.  He has shown his works in solo shows, group and curated shows across the world in galleries, art fairs and museums.  He writes on art In Kannada and English.

'My works combine or cut across the defined expectations of my chosen mediums.  My idea/concept driven works are layered and connect with the viewer in multiple ways.  Introspection is an important device in my works which touch upon the idea of self and its many facets.  I have also explored the themes of desire, gratification and destruction in individuals and on a societal level.'


Friday, 22 August 2014


Submissions for the exhibition close today.
Thank you so much to everyone who has become part of this project.
I look forward to including each and every artwork in the upcoming exhibitions.

 I have taken the liberty of trying to put some order
into everyone's life by updating the website to better reflect
which exhibition I would like to place artworks into.

I have removed the original "contributing artists" page and replaced it with two new pages. 
One page highlights the contributing artists for the Redland Museum exhibition in Oct/Nov and
another highlights contributing artists for the Redland Art Gallery exhibition in April/May.
I have also updated the Exhibition Details page.

Please have a look and let me know if there are any issues with the new arrangement.
It was quite a huge task to get it done, and I have tried to accommodate any requests I have received so far, but working in the wee hours of the morning can make you less than accurate. 
If I have made any errors or omissions I humbly apologise and will fix any oversights as soon as I am  notified


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Feature Artist - JENNY HOAK

is an artist born and raised in Boise, Idaho, USA and has resided there for thirty years.  She is currently teaching in her fourth year at the Cooperative Preschool in downtown Boise.  Jenny is a senior at Boise State University and will graduate this coming December.  She is a dual BFA major in Art Education and Visual Arts, and is also pursuing a minor in Spanish.  Jenny explores a variety of printmaking processes within her work, and has recently been exploring the possibilities of intaglio etching and screenprint.

Jenny's submission for the Personal Histories exhibition is entitled "Meet Me There", an accordion fold format book with etchings, screen print and cut outs.

"Dreams serve as pathways to other worlds that blur the boundary between the real and the imaginative.  My subconscious is easily manipulated by my interaction with painful memories and family documents.  As a child, the influence of these experiences led to nightmares, but as an adult my journey has been much different.  Now I encounter spaces where my feelings of sadness and grief transform into sceneries of peace, contentment and harmony.

Recreating my dreams is an essential element of my grieving and my work.  The process of etching is therapeutic  for me as I peel away more of a memory and reveal one more layer of myself.  "Meet Me There" is inspired by unresolved emotions surrounding events from my childhood.  The etchings reflect the diverse dream-like worlds I encounter when searching for my father and are a direct response to the grief I feel regarding his physical absence."