Hello there! If you’ve been following this blog you will know that we’ve been in the process of creating a website for Myrtle Street Studio – and we are very pleased to announce that it is now live! Just in time for our first birthday in March too….
We look forward to seeing you at the new blog and hope you enjoy checking out the new website – let us know what you think!
Would you like to see those sneak-peak images of the letterpress work for our upcoming exhibition ‘Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill’ by KT Doyle? The online arm of Habitus Living magazine has just released an article on KT and Myrtle Street Studio which gives a few more details on the exhibition along with some close-up images of the lovely letterpress work to be exhibited. Many thanks to the great staff at Habitus for their work!
Wanting to know a little bit more about our next exhibitor? KT Doyle is an artist and designer with a passion for textiles, patterns and making the world a greener place. You can read more about her wallpapers, textiles and prints here. KT also has a blog which she is sharing information on about ‘Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill’ in the lead-up to the opening of the exhibition at Myrtle Street Studio. I highly recommend checking out this post where you can see a little bit of the letterpress action that has been going on at Myrtle Street Studio towards finalising the artwork – and we’ll be revealing some snippets of the artwork itself later this week, so stay tuned!
It’s been fairly quiet on the blogging front this past month and a half but with good reason! We’ve been getting organised for our first exhibition for the year – ‘Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill’ by KT Doyle. More exciting information to come very shortly on this and other fantastic studio news, but in the meantime we’ll tease you with the flyer below!
Firstly, thank you for all the concerned texts we have been receiving here at Myrtle Street Studio regarding the flooding in Brisbane – we really do appreciate your concern and want to put your minds at ease. We live in a hilly area at the Grange so I’m thankful to be able to say that the studio, press’s and our home are safe and sound. The image above is of our local community organic gardens and location of the sunday markets. Unfortunately it didn’t fare so well but being used to this now, the volunteers have a good flood plan and the new facilities have been built high enough to hopefully weather the flood. You can see more photo’s here at their website – Northey Street City Farm. The lady in pink was heading up to check on and feed the stranded chooks 🙂
Unfortunately, many people have not been so lucky and with the water set to rise again this afternoon I wanted to take this opportunity to impart some useful information to those of you who are being affected by the flooding. This is especially for people who may have had to leave their homes without being able to take anything with them.
Some of the most important possessions in a home are paper-based – photographs, historical documents, certificates, artworks and the list goes on. Some of these items may not have been digitized and may be irreplaceable. If you are someone who is possibly going to be salvaging a flood devastated home in the coming weeks, I’ve quickly put together some information below which may be of assistance:
The State Library of Queensland: has a conservation and preservation unit which has staff with excellent training in how to deal with water damaged paper-based work/documents. Please note though that the SLQ itself has been affected by the flooding. Currently the website is offline and the phone line to the department mentioned is engaged. It would be best if possible to give the guys there some breathing space over the next couple of weeks to get themselves in order, they are still flooded in!
So, in the meantime, there are links below which will take you to some online information on what you can do in the meantime:
The National Archives of Australia have a page on what to do when recovering records from a flood. The University of Nebraska (Lincoln) also has an excellent page on the cleaning and repair of water damaged paper, books and art. World Printmakers also has some good general advice on caring for paper-based works and the Bishop Museum of Hawai’i has a concise paper on disaster preparedness and recovery for works of art on paper.
I’m sure that much more information can be found online but this is a good place to start. Also, if you find that you will need the assistance of a conservator in the coming weeks, please contact us as we know a few very good ones who we can recommend personally.
In the meantime, stay safe, off the roads so emergency services can do their jobs and wait for the water to subside fully before attempting to retrieve precious items from your home.
For anyone who was able to make it to our last exhibition for 2010 – the ‘Penny Black Project’; and was inspired by the thought of participating in something like this – you are in luck! Joanna Coltman (the creative lady behind the project and exhibition) is opening the Penny Black up again for round 2! Registration closes February the 11th so check it out here for more details.