Kate Hughes

October 27, 2009, 5:46 pm
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The final weeks of uni and my dad being hit by a car on friday (he’s ok!) have left me intellectually and emotionally drained. One and half more weeks of uni and a few thousand words to go before I can relax and maybe make a picture.

I did drop zines off at handheld gallery today and I do recommend the reframing darwin exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art – on till November.

And Jessie’s show looks magical, check it out.


commonplace cartography
October 17, 2009, 3:35 pm
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Everyone’s at it:
There’s the massive imap at city library. Overcoming its name it engages it’s audience in community building through the mapping of personal narrative.
Walk this way a series of guided walks that are part of the melbourne international arts festival. I picked up three of the walking maps and found them to be of variable interest and depth. The best were those that explored the individuals relationship to the city’s structure and society rather than just listing some cool places. Could be amazing but not all contributors appear to have really engaged with the project.
If you walk through flinders st subway you’ll find the interventionist guide to melbourne at platform. A group of artist have created guiding maps to their city focused temporal interventions.
Photocopied Map a zine collaboration between the asylum seekers resource centre and sticky. A series of postcards written to family, friends and strangers give brief insights into the asylum seekers lives. Money raised by sales goes to the ASRC a fantastic institution.

homeward bound
October 13, 2009, 7:14 am
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My first zine is completed. A simple collage forming a compendium of the ideas and images I’ve been revolving around for the last few months. Sold flat the book’s owner will become part co-creator, folding and cutting as per instructions. I should be dropping a small pile of these off at Sticky Institute this afternoon. Hopefully they’ll catch people’s eye in the wall of zines.

through the window
October 8, 2009, 10:21 pm
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Another book, this one is from last year. Exploring how the form the paper takes changes the perception of the drawings; transforming them into something that is seen through a gap; there is more beyond the borders.

Australia Home
October 4, 2009, 8:19 pm
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Finally finished. This book is a chronology of all the buildings I’ve known as home. A personal history of colonising the land. The covers are laser engraved with an adapted William Morris motif, recalling both internal intimate spaces, and the english sensibility that is projected onto the land. The inset embroidery brings the feminine to the fore, the hand crafted as gift, a gesture of love, a sharing of perspectives. The handcrafted nature of the work is restated by the exposed stitching, including it’s visible flaws and tensions. Beginning with the home I returned from the hospital to as a newborn, and moving through to a building I have not yet set foot in, but is the form of my future home, where my daydreams reside.