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
REDLAND ART GALLERY: 29 March - 10 May 2015
UNSW CANBERRA: 28 September - 11 December 2015

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

Tuesday, 31 December 2013



I hope everyone gets a chance to look back quietly over what 2013
has brought and the opportunity to ponder and plan for what 2014 

I don't want to wish the year away, but I am certainly
looking forward to continuing to showcase all the talented creatives who are
participating in the Personal Histories project in the 
Feature Artist posts
and seeing it all come to fruition later in the year when we put the exhibition together. 

In the meantime:

thank you for being part of this project
as we jump through the mysterious window of time into the new year.
(a bit like Alice jumping down the rabbit hole!)

Here's something I'll be doing for 2014:

Japanese Daruma Dolls - New Year Custom
Fill in one eye of the Daruma in anticipation of
fulfilling a wish or a project.  Fill in the other
eye when the wish is fulfilled or the project complete.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Exhibition Opportunity - MCBA


Call for Artists:


Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
An exhibition in MCBA's main gallery from February 7 through July 6, 2014.
All media formats are welcome.
No entry or participation fees.  
Selected artists are responsible for all shipping costs.
To be considered forward email submissions to
Selected artists will be notified by January 10, 2014.
Selected works to be delivered to MCBA by January 24, 2014.
This exhibition may travel to other venues.  
Works to be available through December 2015.

For more detailed information visit the MCBA webpage.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


all images copyright of the artist

CATHERINE KIRKPATRICK is a photographer and writer based in New York City. She has won awards from the Bloomingdale Museum, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Center for Visual Arts. One of her still life images was just named a Top 10 Pic by PDN (Photo District News) on its PhotoServe website. And Sgt. Pepper Uncovered, an article about a Buddhist Photographer and the first NYPD women patrol officers written for Professional Women Photographers, was named by PhotoShelter to its list of Best Blog Posts of 2011.

Silent Echoes is a series of photographs and photo collages on the theme of women's lives. When I was small, I thought women could do anything, and I still do. But they are responsible for so many things, great and small, that affect their lives in ways they can't control. Sometimes, looking back, they see other paths they might have taken had circumstances been different. Sometimes they are haunted by these thoughts and questions, the “what ifs.”
Throughout most of history, the struggles of women–half the human race–have gone unnoted, yet these struggles have required so much courage and effort, so much sacrifice, most of it unacknowledged and silent. I think about this often. I thought about it as I cared for my elderly father who lived to 93, with a lot of help. I think about it as I remember my grandmother, a farm girl from rural Arkansas (born in 1882 "near Turner's Post Office"), who married young and lost her husband at age 36. She bore 6 children, 4 of whom made it to adulthood and old age. There were things that were not spoken of, yet remained. In creating these images, my immediate family and ancestors come into my mind, (their births, the journeys of their lives that led to me being born in New York City and reflecting back on them). I see their triumphs and struggles, and in my work I honor them.

all images copyright of the artist

Catherine's artist's books have been shown at the Leipzig Book Fair, the Seoul International Book Fair and the Villa Borbone in Vioreggio, Italy.  You can find a little more about Catherine at her blog Photospire.