Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture 2017: Helen Douglas

Guest blogger and artist Normana Wight attended the Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book lecture given by Helen Douglas Sunday 26th March 2017 and dropped in on the  workshops taught by Helen the following week. Normana has written this story in response. Last Sunday Helen Douglas gave a memorable illustrated lecture here at the State Library of Queensland; it … Read more

Electio Editions

Letterpress printers, poets and artists were amongst those treated to a wonderful afternoon when Alan Loney and Marion May Campbell spoke at State Library on Saturday 23 March. Alan has been writing poetry since the 1970s and learned to print letterpress in his native New Zealand where he published under the imprint Hawk Press. He … Read more


Twenty four members of the Gold Coast Calligraphers Society visited Level 4 during September to view special collections where calligraphy, illumination and decoration have been used to support printed text. The History and Art of the Book collection, one of the component collections of the Australian Library of Art has fine examples of original illuminations … Read more


The Book and Paper Group from Queensland Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists visited the Fox Family White Gloves Room on July 23 to view artists’ books with a botanical and nature inspired theme.  This was in response to an invitation by their co-ordinator, Tricia Smout, to collaborate on various projects with her in her role as … Read more

Bookplates or Ex Libris?

In Little Treasures: bookplates (2008) published by the National Library of Australia (State Library of Queensland Call number: RBHMON NAT) bookplates are described as…”the little slips of paper [that] are much more than just a mark of book ownership. For bibliophiles who attach them to their beloved books, bookplates are indicators of the owner’s personality, … Read more