We are very proud to announce our partnership with the wonderful letterpress artist, Caren Florance. Caren has been collaborating with some significant Australian poets to produce a series of bespoke artist’s books. The books themselves are unique, but Caren has made these print editions available as a way of providing another avenue for exploring these collaborative exercises.
The first in this special series is Angela Gardner’s the future, un-imagine
In 2015 poet Angela Gardner was invited to the print studio of artist Caren Florance to set some blocks of ‘random’ text using metal letterpress type. As a separate creative work, ‘The Future, Un-imagine’ was taking form in Gardner’s mind; there was also ambient sound in the studio, a radio playing and wide-ranging conversation taking place between the two as Gardner set the type. Her seven ‘key’ textblocks were then print-performed by Florance for over a year to produce multiple readings and visual patterns, reflecting the structured chaos that Gardner uses in her writing practice. The artist book that emerged, Working Papers, is impossible to reproduce ‘accurately’ without losing many of its material properties; this chapbook is an opportunity to remix some of its pages to form new arrangements around Gardner’s resolved poem. The result is an augmented presentation of the poem and a companion to the limited edition artist book.