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The Centre For Deep Reading at Big Fag Press

This March the Press printed a job with and hosted an event for the Centre For Deep Reading. The Centre is an organisation initiated by Nick Keys & Ella Skilbeck-Porter dedicated to deepening the reading practices of contemporary writers and readers in general.

The Print Job – Patron Saint Cards & Bookmarks

Illustrations and calligrams by David Sater, and designed by BFP veteran and certified digital guru Patrick Armstrong, the CDR print job produced the first two in a series of Patron Saint cards as well as event-specific bookmarks.

Lispectors Livestream – 13 piece improvised poetry reading (one night only)

On March 25th, The Press opened its doors to CDR for Lispectors, a group reading event dedicated to the work of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. In the above photo, Lispectors rehearse at the press before the reading.

Lispectors then moved a few archways down to the band room where they encircled Emma Ramsay’s binaural microphone. Livestreamed as part of Source Material, the Lispectors broadcast was a one-hour improvised group poetry reading with 13 voices in 3 different languages. The 13 readers worked thematically through material from all of Clarice Lispector’s body of work, including commentary by Helene Cixous. The raw audio file can be heard here and an edited and produced version will soon be forthcoming.

LISPECTORS: Clockwise from Stephanie King (bottom, in red): Susannah Jack, Holly Isemonger, Emily Stewart, Gabriela Soares, Lili Munhoz, Gabi Brasil (absent here but would arrive soon), Nick Keys, Emma Rayward, Ella Skilbeck-Porter, Aurora Scott, & Justin Wolfers.

Learn to make cold pressed soap infused with wild plants

MAKING SOAP WITH WILD PLANTS- May 20-21

Learn how to make cold processed soap infused with the plants growing in your garden

Soap making is an age-old skill that anyone can learn. Join wild plants expert Diego Bonetto and soap-maker extraordinaire Lisa Norris for two days on an empowering experience: learn how to safely recognise common medicinal plants growing in your garden and use them in soap!

Diego is an edible weeds advocate renown for his offering of urban foraging workshops. Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduce people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us. He collaborates extensively with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers promoting new understanding of what the environment has to offer.

Lisa has been making soap for over 7 years and since 2012 is presenting her creations as Kangaroo Apple Studio. Her love for natural products have pushed her to experiment while thoroughly enjoying the process. She has a wealth of information and is a great teacher. Kangaroo Apple Soap Studio has won a number of international soap challenges and was recently awarded first prize in the Collaboration Challenge of the international Soap Challenge Club.

WHAT WE WILL DO

Day one Saturday 20 May 9:30am-2pm

During the first day you will learn how a cold process batch of soap is made, using natural vegetable oils and prepared plant infused oils. You will then participate in making soap under supervision. You will do this in groups of three, so that everyone will have an hands-on experience of the process. We will have a lunch break and plenty of time to answer all of your questions. We will then put the soap to bed and leave it to saponify overnight.

Day two Sunday 21 May 10am-2pm

We will start the day with a walk when we will discover and learn how to positively identify the most common medicinal plants living in anyone’s garden. We will learn about dandelion, chickweed, plantain, dock, castor oil plant and more. We will then show you how to infuse them into oils for use in a new batch of soap.
After a lunch break we will unmould our soap made the previous day, cut the bars and share the results.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

– how to safely handle ingredients including lye (sodium hydroxide)
– what equipment is needed
– what can be used as moulds
– about some oils commonly used in soap making and their properties
– how to use a lye calculator to formulate your own soap recipes

This workshop will empower you with the confidence to make more soap at home, experimenting with different ingredients, fragrances, exfoliants and colours. Soap making can be very addictive, with endless possibilities for creativity!

THE COSTS: $160 for two days of five hours each of information packed workshop with notes and soap bars that you make to take home. We will provide coffee and tea facilities but please bring your own lunch. There is also a discount for pensioner and underemployed and a two-for-one ticket so that you can come along with your friend in soap!

Book your ticket here> 
Small class of only 15, will sell fast 🙂

Artist in residence from Italy and a workshop

We are very lucky to have emerging artist Giorgia Severi all the way from Italy in residence at the press for the next three weeks.

Giorgia will be working form the Big Fag Press studio producing works for two exhibitions in Sydney, at MContemporary and the Italian Institute of Culture.
While here we will also offer a collaborative workshop with Giorgia and artist/forager Diego Bonetto, two days learning about medicinal and edible wild plants and producing beautiful monotypes using ink and natural sap. Sat 29 and Sun 30 October.

See here for details and bookings>

Giorgia is not new to Australia, having spent several months here working with remote communities to produce works that were then exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
A special treat for us, come by and say hi or join the workshop and learn about how to produce your very own plant print.
Monotype

Black Boots Collective : punk, politics and prints at the press

Aris Prabawa - Your Politician, biro on paper, 35 x 25 cm

Aris Prabawa – Your Politician, biro on paper, 35 x 25 cm

 

6pm Tuesday March 8th

An art exhibition, print collaboration, workshop and performance with the Black Boots collective on their tour of East Coast Australia. Featuring works by Aris Prabawa, Arya Pandjalu, Mochamad Tamzu, Budi Prakosa and Wahyu Jatmiko.

Print Culture at Delmar Gallery, this Saturday

Samuel Savage, "Kab Le" (dancing men), 2014

Samuel Savage, “Kab Le” (dancing men), 2014, (detail), vinylcut on paper, 74.5 x 121cm

Big Fag Press is participating in an exhibition at Delmar Gallery in Nov-Dec 2015, curated by Catherine Benz.

The show, entitled PRINT CULTURE, brings together DIY printmaking collectives from Indonesia and Australia: KRACK! (Yogyakarta), Umi Arts (Cairns), Frog House (Yogyakarta) and Big Fag Press (Sydney).

As always, we’re very pleased to be able to connect with other community-engaged groups who work progressively with print culture.

Bagus "Gonk" Prabowo, "Mangir" 2015, batik on canvas, 80 x 300cm

Bagus “Gonk” Prabowo, “Mangir” 2015, batik on canvas, 80 x 300cm

The details:

Opening: Sat 21 Nov, 3-5pm
Exhibition: 22 Nov – 6 Dec
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm
144 Victoria Street Ashfield (Sydney) NSW 2131
p. + 61 2 9581 6070

Big Fag Press Christmas Sale

big fag christmas sale

Until December 25, we are offering 10% off all the prints in our online store – just use the discount code “bigfagxmas” when you check out.

To celebrate the end of our 11th year, Big Fag Press has mounted a new exhibition at our workshop, presenting some of our favourite prints from the archives as well as brand new works.

Come check out a small selection of limited edition lithographs that we’ve printed over the past decade.

(And if you come collect your booty from our workshop, you can save on the shipping too – just choose “*PICKUP FROM BIGFAG PRESS* in the “Country” dropdown box in our online store, and we’ll waive the shipping cost.)

Come say hi, there’s tea brewing!

Big Fag xMas SALE!

Pat Grant, Nerd with Table, 2013. Two colours printed on 200gsm boxboard. Offset lithographic print, limited edition of 29. 20x30cm.

Pat Grant, Nerd with Table, 2013. Two colours printed on 200gsm boxboard. Offset lithographic print, limited edition of 29. 20x30cm.

Indeed, is coming up to the silly season, and if you’d like to get something special to one of your loved ones (so special, is limited edition!) come to check out our exhibition of prints.

We’re opening the door from this coming Thursday offering a selection of special prints at discounted prices AND with free postage AND special packaging.

 

Come to have a look or follow the sale online via this facebook event>>
https://www.facebook.com/events/1065959286768059/

Yay!
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 to 4, all the way to xMAs!>>

 

Gilbert Grace – Deep Green and Bright Blue

A new exhibition is now on at the Big Fag Press gallery.

Deep Green and Bright Blue
12-26 September 2015
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm
Or by appointment, call Gilbert on 0434 910 422

Closing drinks at the Big Fag Press gallery

3pm Saturday 26 September

 

Deep Green and Bright Blue

The exhibition will evolve with the incorporation of works in progress, please come to the closing drinks for the viewing of the final show. Oils, works on paper, experimental prints and curated bicycle tours. Details here.

Detailed exhibition information – including images of the paintings on display is linked here.

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A weekend with #legends

What a pleasure to spend the weekend at Volume Book Fair catching up with some legends of the printing game and meeting new stars.

Below a visual recount from our instagram:

 


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Big Fag Press at the Volume Art Book Fair

volume art fair artspace

Big Fag Press are presenting a selection of “prints we’re proud of” at the Volume Art Book Fair at Artspace, Sydney, this weekend.

All the details:

VOLUME 2015
HOURS AND LOCATION:
Friday 11 September: 5–9pm
Saturday 12 September: 11am – 7pm
Sunday 13 September: 11am–6pm
FREE and open to the public

Artspace
The Gunnery Building
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo 2011

OPENING NIGHT
Friday 11 September: 5–9pm



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