Mei’s Fabriano Residency

Bittondi committee member and ACSA Honours 2014 Graduate, Mei Sheong Wong was selected for a Vicarious Press residency in April 2016. This took place at the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana ( in Fabriano, Italy. Towards this residency, she was awarded a Local Artist Support Grant by the Burnside Council, South Australia.

The residency,  organised by Vicki Reynolds, Head of Printmaking at Adelaide College of the Arts, comprised intensive workshops  on paper-making, watermark-fabrication, letterpress, leather-embossing and traditional Franciscan-style book-binding.

Eight Vicarious Press printmakers participated in the program. Giorgio Pellegrini, Director of the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, kindly arranged personal visits for the group, to artist-printmaker Roberto Stelluti’s studio in Fabriano; and to l’Antica Bottega AmanuenseScriptorium Europeo of Traditional Calligraphy in Castello Malleus, in Recanati ( Giorgio also accompanied the group to various museums, monuments and historic sites, in the Marche and Ancona regions of Italy.

      1. Paper-maker Roberto guiding Mei, while filling the mould and deckle with paper pulp, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, April 2016
      2. The Vicarious Press gang with another paper-maker at the Museo.
      3. Book-binder Peppe showing us the ropes, during a workshop on traditional Franciscan style book-binding at the Museo.
      4. Viewing traditional calligraphy in Castello Malleus’ Scriptorium, Recanati.
      5. Printing in the Letterpress Museum, Fabriano, April 2016.

Other highlights of Mei’s trip to Europe were: visits to archaeological and cultural sites in Verona; the Otzi Museum in Bolzano; the Kunsthaus in Vaduz, Liechtenstein; the Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland; the historic village of Obernai and the Musee Unterlinden in Colmar, Alsace. She also visited the exhibition “Munch and Mapplethorpe” at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway; the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway; the Kafka Museum and Bertramka Museum (Mozart’s house) in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Paris en route, she visited: the Musee d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou; the “Carambolages” exhibition at the Musee du Grand Palais; and the Henri Rousseau exhibition at Musee d’Orsay.

Since her return from Fabriano, Mei participated in a traditional Mokuhanga workshop, recently presented by Terry McKenna of the Australian Mokuhanga School, at Bittondi Printmakers Association.

Before departing for a 2-month Postgraduate Fellowship Printmaking Residency at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia later this year, Mei is busy preparing work for several printmaking exhibitions:

Imprimatur” at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery (during SALA);

Changing Worlds” at Mrs Harris’ Shop Gallery (during SALA);

“Afterlife” at West Gallery Thebarton (during SALA);

“Altered States” at Light Square Gallery (during SALA);

“Immersion: Fleurieu” at Studio Bowden in October 2016.