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1962, be spoken to / Caren Florance, Melinda Smith
Bib ID 7386821
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Florance, Caren, 1967-, book artist, book designer, printer
Description Canberra : Caren Florance & Melinda Smith, 2014-17 
2 volumes (8 and 48 unnumbered pages) : illustrations ; 51 x 36 cm 

This large-scale artist book celebrates a year in the life of Old Parliament House in Canberra. The book is structured architecturally and temporally, moving month-by-month through the social and political history of the building and the country. Melinda Smith’s poetic interests include drawing human stories out of historical records like Hansard, and she also uses wordplay processes such as acrostics, puns and anagrams. Some of the text takes a group of Old Parliament House hand-painted wooden signs as their inspiration, outlining directives to visitors and politicians alike, and playfully rearranges their text using a cut-up method. There are over fifty poems through the book, all hand-set and hand-inked; the labour involved limited the number of copies, so a more accessible chapbook was also produced: Members Only (Canberra: Recent Work Press and Ampersand Duck, 2017). Because of its smaller scale and print-on-demand reproduction, Members Only cannot reproduce all the elements of 1962, which an only be experienced by handling the larger handmade book’s hand-inked pages. —Based on the exhibition room brochure.


Cover title.

“Hand-set, hand-rolled letterpress and screenprint on Magnani Vergata Avorio 125 gsm paper. Printed in Hackett and Acton, ACT, Australia.” —Colophon.

“Produced with generous support from the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts & Design and the Federal Government (Caren); the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and Bundanon Trust (Melinda); Craft ACT and the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House (both).” —Colophon.

Two parts housed in an archival Tyvek ‘ghost bag.’

Limited edition of 5 copies.

Library's copy is number 1/5, and is accompanied by a room brochure.


Handsewn; volume 1: 2 folios, 3 hole pamphlet stitch; volume 2, 12 folios stitched all-along. 

Awards Finalist, 2018 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize, Artspace Mackay, 26 May – 19 August 2018. 
Subjects Parliament House (Parkes, A.C.T.) -- Poetry.  |  Parliaments -- Australia -- Poetry.  |  Australian poetry -- 21st century.  |  Nineteen sixty-two, A.D.  |  Australia -- History.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Smith, Melinda, author, book designer, printer  |  Ampersand Duck
Also Titled

Nineteen sixty-two, be spoken to

Copyright information All word arrangements © Melinda Smith.  Design and production © Caren Florance & Melinda Smith. 
Exhibited Reading Spaces: Artist Books, Poetry, Poetics – Caren Florance - Collaborative Materiality with Angela Gardner, Melinda Smith, Owen Bullock, Sarah Rice and others, East Space, Commonwealth Place, 44 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Canberra, 5-12 April 2017. 


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