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Quirky, exquisitely crafted and affordable artists' books
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Andie Marten, handmade cabinet

There's a veritable 'Print-fest' happening between now and October at Mrs Harris' Shop. If you're a lover of printmaking, the next four months will be a treat!

This exhibition is part of the celebrations with the Print Council of Australia, as it marks its fiftieth birthday. All over Australia, artists (particularly printmakers) and galleries are celebrating, so expect to see lots of printmaking exhibitions around Adelaide.

The first printmaking exhibition at Mrs Harris is Conversations, featuring several talented print- and paper-makers and an amazing array of artist books.
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Cher McGrath, Image from 'Salt Lakes and Sand Dunes'

Wendy Wright, Mary Pulford, Lorelei Medcalf, Cher McGrath, Andie Marten, Beth Evans and Elizabeth Banfield each bring something different to the exhibition. All have created stunning pieces be they delicate, quirky, intricate or fun.
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Elizabeth Banfield, detail from the Hallett Cove (re)collection

But don't expect these artist books to be anything like what you might buy 'off the shelf' at your local book store. You will have to do some exploring to get the best from these beautiful works of art no conventional page-turning here. Fold out pages, concertina pages, pop-ups the books are genuinely sculptural in their qualities.
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Cockle books by Cher McGrath

For some, it's about the paper. Cher McGrath's gorgeous little 'cockle' books are formed from paper made from banana tree stems, and Mary Pulford's Wombats are lino-cuts printed on paper made from wombat poo (collected during a residency on Flinders Island).
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Wombat, by Mary Pulford

Elizabeth Banfield's delicate works feature the finest of tissue-like paper, card and stitching.
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Elizabeth Banfield, 'Written at the Shore'

For others, it's in the 'packaging'. Andie Marten's delicate 'Bird' books are housed in a beautiful little chest/cabinet which features a bird's nest (complete with eggs), bird skeletons and feathers, plus the tiny little books created from hand-worked needlework panels.
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Andie Marten, hand made cabinet

Mary Pulford's 'Preserves' are kept in old Fowler's Vacola preserving jars and Elizabeth's folded book 'Within' comes in its own hand-made and printed box.
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Mary Pulford, 'Preserves'

Beth Evan's 'Bones' satisfy her fascination with human anatomy and come with framed prints; while her other book, 'How long is a piece of string?' is a whimsical visual romp that will delight viewers of all ages.
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Beth Evans, 'Bones'

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Beth Evans, 'How long is a piece of string?' detail

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Beth Evans, 'How long is a piece of string?' detail

Lorelei Medcalf's 'Beach Walking' is a result of a beach-side residency, when she collected a series of beach images that we can all relate to.
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Lorelei Medcalf, detail from 'Beach Walking'

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Lorelei Medcalf, detail from 'Beach Walking'

Wendy Wright used found vegetation to form the background for her haunting 'Moonlight' books and framed prints.
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Wendy Wright, 'fox in the moonlight'

Find a weekend between now and the end of July to pop in to the gallery and take the opportunity to chat with one of these talented artists and find out about their creations. At the same time, you can learn a little about the print-making process, purchase a gift with a difference or perhaps even join the elite band of artist book collectors.
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Elizabeth Banfield, detail from the Hallett Cove (re)collection

Mrs Harris' Shop is an intimate little art gallery in Torrensville. It opens on Saturdays and Sundays 11am 3pm.

The next printmaking exhibition features the popular Bittondi printmakers in their exhibition Changing Worlds, which opens on Friday 5 August.

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Why? A great little gallery with delightful, affordable and exquisitely crafted works by local artists
When: 11am - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Phone: 0452 614 613
Where: Mrs Harris' Shop, 36 Jervois St, Torrensville SA 5031
Cost: free
Your Comment
Lots of inspiring creativity here.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4161) 1572 days ago
So incredible! Specially like the wombat one :)
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1392) 1571 days ago
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