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Pinhole Photography Competition 2011!

January 4, 2011

We are celebrating World Pinhole Day this year with our very own Pinhole Photography Competition!!  Entries will be exhibited at Myrtle Street Studio as part of an exhibition in April, 2011.  Happy New Year!


Seasons Greetings from MSS!

December 17, 2010

A big thank you to everyone who braved the bad weather in the first week of December to come along and check out the Penny Black Exhibition and Zine Launch!  It was a fun exhibition to end the year on and I enjoyed getting the chance to educate people on what exactly zines are…

We are about to ‘close up shop’ for the year, it’s been a big one and I’m well and truly looking forward to the Xmas break.  I haven’t had much of a chance recently to get out of the studio but am hoping to see the latest exhibition on offer from the Redland Art Gallery (Cleveland) over the break – ‘Brushstrokes from the Bush: an Exhibition by the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland Inc’.  There will be many beautiful watercolours to view!

Speaking of artwork – please stay tuned for our first exhibition in 2011 which will showcase the amazing work of KT Doyle ‘Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill’.  This promises to be a ‘must see’ event on the gallery rounds for 2011 and we’ll be uploading more information when we come back online at the start of February.

In the meantime, a big thank you for the support we’ve received this year as we’ve got this baby off the ground – we look forward to bringing you another year of exciting gallery exhibitions and perhaps a few surprises too (click here if you’d like to read more on one of them!) – happy holidays from all of us at MSS!

Penny Black – Jay Dee Dearness

December 7, 2010

Ok, so I happen to be the ninth artist involved in the Penny Black Project.  If you haven’t already checked my work out you can see a little bit more of it here and I have a bit of a bio here.  The image above was my offering for Project 1 – I had been trying to get into this project just before leaving for San Francisco mid-2010 so while I was away I kept mulling it over in my brain.  When I got back home I used some of the photo’s I had taken with my pinhole camera while at Crown Point Press to create photogravure prints (I was learning a photogravure technique at Crown Point so it was a very appropriate choice).  Then I overlaid (in colour according to project) the images of each stamp via screenprinting onto the photogravures.  In this way, reflecting a little of my thoughts while away.  Your own artwork is sometimes hard to explain to other people (the explanation above is a little simplistic) so I hope this makes some sense!

By the way!  The artwork I created for this show is available in an edition of 10 with 8 of these for sale to the public at the moment!  Along with this are a lovely set of letterpressed prints from Manuela Dobelin’s ‘3 Umbrellas’ and ‘BBQ’ images as well as E J Zyla’s creations!  Very affordable artwork for a ‘hard to buy for’ friend or relative!!

So if you haven’t been down to see us yet – please do!  We are open from Wednesday to Friday (12noon to 6pm) and this Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  This is our last exhibition for the year so if you’ve been meaning to drop by and check us out – now is the time to do it!  We hope to see you soon.

Penny Black – E J Zyla

December 6, 2010

Today we showcase our eighth contributor to the Penny Black Project, E J Zyla!  E J is a self-taught artist who writes, illustrates, and creates artists books, zines, and works on paper.  She is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s books for adults that lean towards graphic novels more than a traditional story book.  A bit of a ‘late bloomer’, she is found ‘scribbling’ and ‘making’ well into the dark of night where she cocoons herself in worlds of her making.  E J is currently teaching herself to paint in oils and is influenced by concept and character design, as well as computer gaming art.  Recent exhibitions include “Draw more” at Jugglers Artspace and “E J Zyla” at Grub St (both in Brisbane).  She is also coordinator of the 4 Words 4 Paper projects and her website can be found here!  The image above is E J’s response to Project 4.

There has been a lot of interest in E J Zyla’s work since the opening of the exhibition this weekend (thank you to everyone who braved the weather and came to visit us!  We really appreciated the turn-out).  Just to let interested parties know, E J has now put prices on her pieces so if you are interested in making a purchase, please contact MSS (price list below).  Please be quick if you do not want to be disappointed!

Penny Black – Michelle Vandermeer

December 3, 2010

Our seventh contributor to the Penny Black Project is Michelle Vandermeer, a Sydney-based designer who shares her time (unevenly) between graphic design, photography, art, exploring the urban environment, and making lots of stuff and things.  Exhibitions in 2010 include “Nerds and Werds Again” Pine Street Creative Arts Centre and “One Hour Photos” Vibewire Sydney (curator).  Also runs semi-regular book binding classes.  The image above is Michelle’s response to Project 3.

Penny Black – Joy Serwylo

December 2, 2010

Joy Serwylo is our sixth Penny Black participant and lives/works in the hills at the eastern edge of Melbourne, Australia.  She uses textiles, paper and old books to create artworks. To earn a living, however, Joy makes teeny-weeny dolls.  Exhibitions in 2009 included “Paper cuts,” Pigment gallery (Melbourne) and “In the Beginning” at the Burrinja Cafe (Upwey).  The photo above is Joy’s response to Project 2.

Penny Black – Kate Moore

December 1, 2010

Kate Moore is our next artist in the spotlight for the Penny Black project.  Having the nickname, ‘katiecrackernuts’, she is a frustrated artist/writer/creative type who, by day, spends her time working to gruelling newspaper deadlines. If she wasn’t a newspaper sub and editor she’d be a florist. True!  The image above is Kate’s response to Project 1.