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 (www.museodellacarta.com) 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 Amanuense, Scriptorium Europeo of Traditional Calligraphy in Castello Malleus, in Recanati (www.malleus.it). Giorgio also accompanied the group to various museums, monuments and historic sites, in the Marche and Ancona regions of Italy.
Paper-maker Roberto guiding Mei, while filling the mould and deckle with paper pulp, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, April 2016
The Vicarious Press gang with another paper-maker at the Museo.
Book-binder Peppe showing us the ropes, during a workshop on traditional Franciscan style book-binding at the Museo.
Viewing traditional calligraphy in Castello Malleus’ Scriptorium, Recanati.
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);