Saturday, December 31, 2011

Caselberg Retreat down the Bay Resident 21st-28th January 2012

Today's walk along the breezy John Wilson Drive marks the start of building research for an upcoming residency and project.  I saw bees, marshmallow flowers, seagulls, dogs, cyclists and seaweed strewn like calligraphy as I hurried against the weather coming in.  I especially liked the weathered road markings.

Lynn Taylor, Artist, Caselberg Retreat down the Bay Resident 21st-28th January 2012
Lynn will be beginning a new project based  around St Kilda in Dunedin and will focus the week on  working with a recipe book that was published in the St  Kilda community some years ago.  The St Kilda project  concept has been instigated by UK artist Deirdre Nelson ( who is proposing to  investigate and respond to St Kilda's in Scotland, Dunedin and Melbourne. Author Christos Tsiolkas ( is the Melbourne link and sometime in 2012 Deidre hopes  to travel to visit both locations and see where working collaboratively takes the creative output.  Lynn very much hopes  that people from the public with stories or photos about St Kilda could come and share them with her through the  residency.

SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2012 (open to members of the public)
11.00am – 3.00pm
Lynn Taylor will have the results of the weeks residency on display as well as  some of the book samples which will also be shown at the book binding workshop the following day... there will be an etching press set up  (outside in the garden if a sunny day) and some inks and  paper etc available so people can come and have a go at making a print (free)

Friday, December 23, 2011


I have just been inspired by a blog I follow 'Taylor Made' where things to be thankful for are being recorded for 25 days. What a wonderful idea for the spirit of Christmas.  One thing I am repeatedly thankful for is that I had the opportunity to see ancient artifacts in Turkey.  For years I went along to Linden Cowell's historical lectures at Art School and to see what he showed us in slides in front of my eyes in real life was a major high.  I hope you too have much to be thankful for this Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Hosted by the Caselberg Charitable Trust (proceeds to Trust)

When:  Sunday 29th January 2012
Time:   10.00am - 4:00 pm

Venue:         Art Workshops Studio, Broad Bay, Dunedin  
Park:           Fletcher Challenge House car park, Portobello Rd, Broad Bay.
Meet:          10.00am.  7, Frances Street, Broad Bay

Cost:        $120.00  ($100.00 for Caselberg Trust members)
                   (bring own lunch)

The Workshop:

Sunday 29th January 2012

Over the last decade there has been an increase in interest in the book arts and the book as a means of expression.  Handmade books are a special place for housing creative writing, narratives and recording artistic or personal images. The intimate nature of a book (not all is revealed at once, it can be touched and held closely to the body) parallels with makers dreaming, journaling, organizing, remembering and decoding.  This course is designed for people interested in the introductory aspects of book binding – the two books you make will be made with plain white paper. You will leave with the skills to bind books in whatever papers you like!

Some of the session will be a taster – a chance to try out some simple ways to make paper backgrounds (which could be integrated into those future book projects) with paint, stamping and gelatin printing.

You will bind a simple ledger using Japanese stab stitching techniques. This style is particularly suitable for making soft books and photo albums.

Then we will sew a book using French Stitching. This creates a decorative flexible exposed spine and so the book will open flat making them suitable for  journals, diaries and recipe books etc.

We will also have a look at some sample books to inspire you for future projects
·         Learn some tips, like the kettle stitch and using a jig for piercing holes!
·         This is a chance to immerse yourself in books – see a slide show of some New Zealand print/book culture and browse through Lynn’s book resources.

Paper, threads, cardboard, paint etc will all be provided but participants please bring with you:
A notebook for taking notes, a camera can be useful for recording stages too
Bone Folder (if you have one)
Cutting mat and knife
Ruler (a metal one is best)
An old plastic card (can be useful as a palette knife)
Gloves/apron if you want to protect yourself and your clothing.
Medium weight fabric piece for covers (minimum 30 x 40 cm, perhaps bring a few alternatives so you can see what works best on the spot)
Art work/writing and paper that you want to and reconstitute ie. cut up and use as a page or end paper!

Bring along any book binding equipment, examples, questions, challenges you may have – we will have a chance to share!
If you have a project you are working on and want to personalize your books then bring any photographs or bits and pieces pertaining to the theme – buttons, threads, ribbons, feathers etc – they may be used/may not!



Name: __________________________

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Email: ___________________________   Phone:___________________

Fee:     $120.00 ($100.00 for Caselberg Trust members)
        Please make cheques payable to Anna & John Caselberg  
        Charitable Trust

        Confirmation of place on workshop will be sent on receipt of payment
        (Minimum numbers apply – maximum 10)

        Please note: Places are limited for the workshop, so please book early             to secure your place

Send to: Lesley Hirst, 7, Frances Street, Broad Bay, Dunedin
For more info:  email <>

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Art Week at Macandrew Intermediate School

Petra, my friend Julie and I had three busy mornings teaching screenprinting on fabric as part of Macandrew Intermediates Art Week. Cushions, bags and t-shirts galore! We even screen printed over old LP records and hung them in trees like a mysterious fruit.