Piscator Letter Press Workshop

25 January 2021

In January 2021 I was fortunate to spend 3 weeks working with Barbara Campbell in the letter press workshop at the Fisher Library. Became total absorbed in the obsessive selecting of individual letters to create a drawing.

In January 2021 I was fortunate to spend 3 weeks working with Barbara Campbell in the letter press workshop at the Fisher Library. Became total absorbed in the obsessive selecting of individual letters to create a drawing. "Clean it up!" Print

Left: The set up with black frame called the

Left: The set up with black frame called the "chase", and the objects on the side and top are the "quoins". Right: the completed print "For Eduardo"

Working space

Working space

Close up of the

Close up of the

"Precipice" series in the rack

Fisher Library is the home to a printing workshop housing an Albion letterpress printer, affectionately known as the Piscator Press. The Albion printing press was purchased by the library in the early 1960s and it was the passion of former University Librarian, Harrrison Bryan. The workshop also houses a second, smaller printing press. A 3D printer is also available for use in the library.  https://library.sydney.edu.au/collections/rare-books/events/printer-in-residence/

Fisher Library is the home to a printing workshop housing an Albion letterpress printer, affectionately known as the Piscator Press. The Albion printing press was purchased by the library in the early 1960s and it was the passion of former University Librarian, Harrrison Bryan. The workshop also houses a second, smaller printing press. A 3D printer is also available for use in the library. https://library.sydney.edu.au/collections/rare-books/events/printer-in-residence/


Typewriter Art

08 November 2020

My first type writer art - Clean it up! series

My first type writer art - Clean it up! series

I attended Barbara’s typewriter workshop this afternoon. After an historical introduction to each typewriter, I settled to type on a blue Olivetti. The flour mill studio was a great space to work in with, Chris, Debbie and Sarah. We all had very different approaches to creating on the analogue machines.

https://classbento.com.au/typewriter-art-workshop-sydney

Barbara Campbell, Sarah Miller and Chris Zinn

Barbara Campbell, Sarah Miller and Chris Zinn


CLEAN IT UP! | A Collaborative Project | Bundanon

16 August 2020

Link to external Blog

The Clean it up! workshop with Robyn Backen, Daniel Peltz, Sissi Westerberg and Ian Hobbs. All of our plans were lost due to the virus, so we carried on in remote sessions.

Zoom Meeting (including Novi)

Zoom Meeting (including Novi)

While at undertaking a residency at Bundanon the Australian / U.S. / Swedish artist group, Robyn Backen, Ian Hobbs, Daniel Peltz and Sissi Westerberg, merged their varied backgrounds in an exploration of responsibility concerning cleaning up. We explored how waste is constituted and what it might mean to ‘CLEAN IT UP!’ as part of an ongoing international research project led by Peltz and Westerberg’s Swedish arts organisation Rejmyre Art Lab’s Centre for Peripheral Studies. Due to the corona-effect, Daniel and Sissi worked remotely from Sweden and then Finland. The long-distance exchange offered a unique and challenging shift in the direction of the work. Developing varied approaches to questions concerning waste; and an opportunity to initiate work ready for the proposed residency at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in April 2021, support of the Gilbert Fellowship and the Sydney Environmental Institute.

Unexpected Cleaning up

Unexpected Cleaning up

The rain came down. The road was closed. Trees had fallen across the roadways. Creeks were overflowing with causeways flooding. We were stranded.

Day after the big floods

Day after the big floods

Weeding for Günter

Ode to Weeds

Initial responses & propositions can be viewed at the following blog links.

https://ianhobbs.net/robyn.php https://ianhobbs.net/thing-1-2.php https://ianhobbs.net/fireweed.php https://ianhobbs.net/small-beginnings.php https://ianhobbs.net/clean-it-up.php


About Western Sydney Parklands Accelerator

17 March 2020

The Western Sydney Parklands Arts and Cultural Accelerator was an innovative 10-day development lab involving artists and professionals from other fields, generating concepts for arts and cultural projects for the parklands and beyond. The accelerator took place over 10 days in February-March 2020, and was an opportunity to share ideas, explored potentials opportunities and share insights.

Michael Cohen led the accelerator, and the artists included: Robyn Backen, Djon Mundine, James Nguyen, Marian Abboud, David Capra, Shay Tobin, Stephanie Peters and Anna Kuroda.

This accelerator brought together the ideas from the landscape design framework that includes the development of arts and culture in the southern section of the Western Sydney Parklands which City People created with Tyrrell Studio.


WSPLA

16 March 2020

Back from the Western Sydney Parklands Accelerator. Was a very intense 10 days, full of learning about this magnificent site and opportunity to meet some very committed artists and other people with great passion and knowledge about the vast parkland. Coming from one isolation zone to this corona lock down in Sydney. 2020 has certainly been a tough year, so far. Take care.

Accommodation at the Western Sydney Shooting Range

Accommodation at the Western Sydney Shooting Range


2020 Semester 1 - Online Soap Carving at SCA

15 March 2020

‘Soap!’ is a short film for instagram, made as a homage to Baldessari’s conceptual soap carving for semester 1 2020 online sculpture class at SCA. Includes reference to the students and guest artists.

'Soap!' is a short film for instagram, made as a homage to Baldessari's conceptual soap carving for semester 1 2020 online sculpture class at SCA. Includes reference to the students and guest artists.

‘Soap!’ is a short film for instagram, made as a homage to Baldessari’s conceptual soap carving for semester 1 2020 online sculpture class at SCA. Includes reference to the students and guest artists.


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