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Jan Allsopp
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  • Coffs Harbour, NSW
  • Australia

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After a reasonably scattergun approach to the arts and creating, in recent years I've settled into painting, drawing, printing and bookbinding. In the last year I've found myself happily creating artist books with an ongoing fascination for they way they combine art and object. I am studying for my BA (Art) online in the pursuit of more knowledge, skills and that seemingly important bit of paper. I live on the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I've lived in regional areas all my life with the corresponding positives (lifestyle and environment) and negatives (limited access to the arts, artists and education). I've found a happy balance to these through the internet. I am finally settled and happy and creating!
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Plant based paper and the Law

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 14:53 4 Comments

I was recently sent a little handmade book and some handmade paper. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service 'ordered into quarantine' most of the handmade paper. I have just put a blog post on my personal blog about it. I have cross posted it here as well. I think it is something artists who create with paper and fibres need to keep in mind. I'm sure Australia isn't the only country with… Continue

Interview with Mariann Johansen-Ellis, printmaker

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 8:39 0 Comments

I have had the wonderful opportunity to interview printmaker Mariann Johansen-Ellis. If you love to read about others process and look at what and how they create, please check out the interview. What makes it even more delightful is that Mariann has such a way with words. Enjoy!

Interview with Nicholas Jones, Book Sculptor

Posted on September 18, 2008 at 9:33 1 Comment

I have just found this interview by Lucy of The Design Files. She interview Nicholas Jones, book sculptor and includes some great photos of his studio in Melbourne. Enjoy!

Exquisite Corpse Moleskine Exchange

Posted on September 14, 2008 at 7:57 0 Comments

I'm starting up the first ever (that I know of) exquisite corpse Moleskine exchange. I am participating in a couple of exchanges at the moment where there are themes (portrait/self portrait and Japanese fold) but once I had this idea I just had to have it happen and commit to yet another!

How it works - each participant buys their own Moleskine. For this exchange we will be using the small sketchbook. You then create your own title/sign-in page and draw/paint/whatever the first entry… Continue

What is an Artist Book? - An Interview with Sara Bowen

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 18:51 6 Comments

This question was on my mind when I recently made a journey to see an exhibition of artist books at Barratt Galleries in Alstonville. I wondered how much I actually knew about artist books, even though I have made a couple myself! The question was all the more poignant as my travelling companion was Sara Bowen, printmaker, artist book maker and friend. I knew Sara’s entry for the Southern Cross Acquisitive Book Award did not physically resemble a book although it had many ‘book’ qualities.… Continue

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At 19:18 on March 18, 2010, Matthew Reed said…
really! you think people would be interested in buying them? .. i dont know to much about books really as im only new to it.
i spoke to a lady before who said i could put them into her her news letter but i dont know whether to sell them or just show them for coverage
At 19:27 on March 17, 2010, Matthew Reed said…
Thank you for your comment!
Just a quick question, do you sell you books or do you just make them as a hooby?
At 21:20 on April 9, 2009, Hilke Kurzke said…
Hi Jan,

thanks for your comment on my book. I am glad and proud that you like it!

As to your question: Yes, mathematicians earn money. At the time when I was applying for jobs (that was before the current crisis hit us here in Germany, but I think it still is true) they were among the best earning academics. Though one could argue of course whether someone working in the management of a company is really working 'as a mathematician' ;-)

Best regards,
At 12:06 on March 14, 2009, Lee Bratt said…
Hi Jan,

I just replied to your question to Print Australia so I thought I would google you, the name was familiar, I have looked at your work many times. I love your work and share similiar passions for printmaking and bookmaking. Am in my last year at ANU doing printmaking and drawing. I spend a lot of time at home exploring alternative print processes so if I can help in anyway?

At 19:25 on September 18, 2008, Nicholas Jones said…
Dear Jan,

Thanks for the kind words regarding my work. I had a look at your blog...Your work looks terrific too. May I ask where you show your work? I am thinking about approaching some galleries interstate to show some work. Do you have any suggestions?? Please let me know about anything you have coming up.

All the best,

At 21:53 on September 17, 2008, julie barratt said…
Hi Jan,
It was great to see you at the gallery again. I really enjoyed hosting the SCU show, it was great to meet a lot of the artists and also see the great reaction to the books from the public. Dianne Longley is arriving tomorrow so I am excited to see her books.
At 9:27 on August 14, 2008, julie barratt said…
Hi jan,
Yes the opening was fantastic and great to see so many there. The exhibition will continue until the 10th September so hopefully you will have a chance to visit again before then. Julie
At 3:31 on July 1, 2008, judy bourke said…
did I see your books at Geelong textile fibre forum a few years ago?
At 12:40 on June 29, 2008, Sara Bowen said…
Hi Jan, it certainly is! I love your photos, by the way. Sara
At 10:35 on June 29, 2008, Sara Bowen said…
Hello Jan, I'm fascinated by your hand press and am definitely looking forward to meeting up soon. Ridiculous really that we live so close to each other and haven't managed it yet! I'll email you and let's see what we can do... Sara x

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