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A kitchen song / Ron McBurnie ; poem by Elizabeth Springer
Bib ID 7898672
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [still image, text, sheet]
McBurnie, Ron, artist
Online Versions
Description Townsville, Qld, Australia : Respectfully printed in the studios of Red Rag Press, 2017 
1 broadside : black and white ; 71 x 50 cm 

One of sixteen limited edition posters produced as part of a project in which North Queensland printmakers were invited to produce a letterpress poster using their own imagery and the type and letterpress printing equipment available at Red Rag Press. This print shows an anonymous woman standing in a kitchen. The floor is decorated with flowers and foliage. Her head is cropped out, and one hand is extended to touch a bench, which has the text of the poem printed on the end. The poem is printed in slightly angled lines in Adolf Overbeek‘s brush-like script Studio typeface. Ron McBurnie notes: “This relief print is a response to the poem written by Elizabeth Springer which it contains. She originally wrote A Kitchen Song in 1997 for the front piece of a book I published titled Small Miracles. The poem has always stayed with me. It is a simple and humorous view of our last stand; our last moments on this earth. It speaks of the relationship that exists between the final moments of our life and the mundane and ordinary rituals that we enact each day and notes that the common places like our kitchen and an old piece of linoleum might be witnesses to our last stand. Each time I read the verse it helps me to appreciate the importance of the basic rituals and acts of my life that are an essential part of my daily existence.”


Red Rag Press was formally established by Sheree Kinlyside in 2006, and has generally produced fine press artists books along with some limited-edition poetry, broadsides and the occasional poster. In 2016, Sheree Kinlyside approached fourteen other Townsville artists to contribute to a poster project using the resources of her press. Arts Queensland provided a grant to help the project along with paper and to pay each artist for their production costs. Caren Florance, an artist, letterpress printer and arts lecturer from Canberra, also visited the studio for a week as artist in residence, and assisted many of the project participants to achieve their text–image collaborations. Sometimes the letterpress printed text (essentially relief printing with words instead of images) is original, sometimes the artist has used found text, written by a poet or prose writer. Sheree Kinlyside and Caren Florance also each produced a poster as part of the project, making a grand total of sixteen.


Title and statement of responsibility from accompanying documentation.


Limited edition of 14 copies.

National Library of Australia's copy is no. 3/14

Also available online Broadside 1307 copy

Subjects Kitchens -- Posters.  |  Death -- Posters.  |  Linoleum block-printing, Australian -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Letterpress printing -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Broadsides -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Springer, Elizabeth, author  |  Kinlyside, Sheree, printer  |  Florance, Caren, 1967- printer  |  Red Rag Press, issuing body  |  Arts Queensland, commissioning body
Terms of Use Copying allowed for research, study or personal use; permission required for publishing and other public use. 
Exhibited Commentary: Hand-printed Posters from North Queensland Artists, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Queensland, 9 November 2018 - 16 December 2018. 

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