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Fabric of forgotten dreams / Robert Preston
Bib ID 7898680
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [still image, text, sheet]
Preston, Robert, 1942- artist
Online Versions
Description Townsville, Qld, Australia : Respectfully printed in the studios of Red Rag Press, 2017 
1 broadside : colour ; 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. Robert Preston notes: “The title for the poster and its subject matter were to a large extent prompted by an extract from Blackbringer by Laini Taylor which resonated with me in a most peculiar way, bringing back memories of travelling through Egypt and visiting desert towns in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In abridged form the extract reads as follows: ‘...the faeries have forgotten the tapestry, that is the greatest tragedy of all. It's the fabric of all creation and it's woven of dreams, the dreams of the Djinn. Dreams are real...They are seed, water and sun. They're everything...’ [Laini Taylor, Blackbringer (2009) p.162]. I understood ‘the faeries’ to mean the Peri who are in Arabian Mythology good, exquisite and beautiful female spirits. The Djinn on the other hand are desert-dwelling entities credited with the ability to take on human and animal form, have the power to bring about wonders and possess human beings. The colour scheme is derived from a woman's head-scarf from the desert village of Al Jasrah, on the South-west coast of Bahrain, where the local women still weave by hand.”


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 from accompanying documentation.

Digitised print from original drawing. Photopolymer plate text and hand set type. Some hand colouring.

Limited edition of 6 copies.

National Library of Australia's copy is no. 3/6.

Also available online Broadside 1305 copy

Subjects Fairies -- Posters.  |  Dreams -- Posters.  |  Prints, Australian -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Letterpress printing -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Broadsides -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors 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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