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Found By Laura Exhibition at Books Kinokuniya

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A free exhibition of intriguing notes found
Found By Laura, Have I found Yours, Jade Jackson, Found By Laura Exhibition Books Kinokuniya
A love note, Found By Laura. Image supplied.

Found By Laura offers up her latest unique finds at the Japanese book and stationery store, Books Kinokuniya, located on the second floor of Galleries Victoria, on George St.

Laura is a collector of handwritten notes. Unapologetically dumped by their creators, forgotten about and left to the elements, to drift in the winds, scattered amongst rubbish - until they miraculously ended up in her path. Picked up, framed, exhibited and shared with the world.

The notes are intriguing because behind every one, lies a story. The life of a stranger we know little about, apart from a brief note, written haphazardly, perhaps in anger, love or hunger. Yet there's also a connection we feel because the stories are all relatable.

A detailed description of each note's location is included, which builds an image of particular areas where notes have been found and those that live there.

Found By Laura Exhibition, Have I found Yours?, Found By Laura, Review by Jade Jackson
Laura has amassed hundreds of notes over the years. Image supplied.

Each find is framed, in a painstaking process that involves Laura digging through secondhand shops to find a matching frame for each note!

The new exhibition is categorised, including:
>Love notes
>Parking 'suggestions'
>Secret and intimate thoughts
>An 'adults only' section
>Notes found by fans around the world (including a beautiful love note, found by me, in a secondhand copy of Shakespeare's The Tempest, with an incredible serendipitous backstory).

Since visiting the first Found By Laura Exhibition in 2017, I've stumbled upon several notes, including an Indian recipe and shopping list, at an art exhibition in Melbourne. Another featured a packing list and appointment times, found at the end of my street.

it's easy to see how it could become an obsession. Not just from the excitement and intrigue of finding a note, but the curiosity about who wrote it and what purpose it served to them. Now whenever I drive along the motorway, all I see is potential notes, discarded by the side of the road.

Found By Laura Exhibition, Have I found Yours?, Found By Laura, Review by Jade jackson
Merchandise for sale at the exhibit includes cards. Image supplied.

Until you find your own note, there is limited edition merchandise for sale (which directly supports the artist) including cards, tote bags, and a book, which is a collection of notes found over many years.

What began with a shopping list, Found By Laura on the ground of her local supermarket, 13 years ago, has now become suitcases full of stories by strangers.

This latest Found By Laura exhibition, includes her most recent finds. It's free and runs from: Thursday 9th August until Monday 20th August 2018 at:

Books Kinokuniya
Galleries Victoria (opposite the QVB),
Level 2,
500 George St Sydney
PH: 02 9262-7996

The exhibition is open:
Monday to Wednesday 10am to 7pm
Thursday 10am to 9pm
Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday 10am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 6pm

Found By Laura Exhibition, Have I found Yours, Books Kinokuniya
A new Exhibition of Found By Laura at Books Kinokuniya. Image Supplied.

Meet the artist at this new exhibition of love notes, angry parking notes, and other displays of human passion, which makes a perfect lunchtime escape, or after work art-fix.

You can read a detailed review of 2017's Found By Laura exhibit, here.

Found By Laura Exhibition, Have I Found Yours, Books Kinokuniya
Limited Edition Tote bags will be on sale at the exhibition. Image supplied.
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Why? A unqiue and fascinating exhibition, created by fate, and itís FREE.
When: Found By Laura Exhibition runs from Thursday 9th August, until Monday 20th August.
Phone: Books Kinokuniya - 02 9262-7996
Where: Books Kinokuniya, Level 2, Galleries Victoria, 500 George St Sydney
Cost: Entry to the exhibition is free, however merchandise is available to purchase which directly supports the artist.
Your Comment
Jade, I've heard about this before and I'm sure it was related to Laura's Finds....what an interesting exhibition!
by Elaine (score: 3|8885) 1421 days ago
Fascinating Jade. thanks for introducing me to this original idea.
by May Cross (score: 3|8197) 1421 days ago
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