5 Press Books
6th ab+mf 2017
5 Press is an art collective from Melbourne comprising five members –
August Carpenter, Cheralyn Lim, Sarah McConnell, Jaime Powell and Sophie Westerman. We explore the artist book medium, particularly focusing on handmade forms and traditional printmaking techniques. The artists have their own distinct practices, each favouring different artistic media including drawing, painting, printmaking and collage. The collective encourages the exchange of skills, and showcases a range of perspectives and interpretations of specific themes.
Recently, 5 Press participated in three major art book fairs in Australia – the NGV Art Book Fair in 2017 and 2016, and Artspace’s Volume Art Book Fair 2015. We also presented our books at the MCA Zine Fair 2017 and at Abbotsford Convent through Print Space 2016. In addition to our attendance at the 6th artists’ books + multiples fair, we will also be undertaking an artist residency at Portland Bay Press in July this year.
5 Press is represented in a number of private and public Australian collections including the National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, and the University of Melbourne Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library.
escape / landscape (2017)
Series of 2
20 x 27cm closed / 40 x 27cm open
Eight monoprints depicting memories of victorian landscapes ‘burnt into the mind’.
Printed on 150gsm Hahnemuhle Paper, handbound with saddle stitch binding.
Imagined Landscapes – Bethell’s (2017)
Series of 9
9.7 x 29cm closed / 19.7 to 58cm open / 19.7 x 23.2cm open (full extension)
A series unique silkscreen concertina artist books depicting recalled memories of the west coast of New Zealand, specifically the Waitakere Ranges.
Rockwash Backbone (2016)
‘steep bellowed breath,
cold struck arena of stress
a rock washed backbone
white waters undress.’ Edition of 20 + 10 AP
19.5 x 28.5cm closed / 150 x 28.5cm open (full extension)
Lithograph print folded into a concertina structure with wrap cover. Hand printed by Jaime Powell on 250gsm Somerset paper.
Series of 6
19 x 14cm closed / 19 x 56cm open (full extension)
Unique state collage books made with coloured tissue, painted and handmade paper. Each page is framed by an embossed border. The collages are mounted on 250gsm Arches BFK Rives in a concertina structure.
Field Trip (2016)
Series of 10
28 x 21cm
Chine-colle, collage and painted coloured paper, handbound using saddle stitch binding. Made using 200gsm Fabriano Artistico and Lana Colour papers.
24 x 16cm closed / 24 x 32cm open
Single and multi-layered monoprints on 130gsm Japon Calligraphy paper. Handbound using saddle stitch binding with hard cover.
Jobs and Growth (2016)
Edition of 9
16 x 9.4cm closed /16 x 65cm open (full extension)
Drypoint artist book, double-sided concertina structure. Hand-printed on 145gsm Zerkhall paper by Jaime Powell and 5 Press.
The Cost of Living (2016)
Edition of 25
28 x 15.2cm closed / 28 x 121.6cm open (full extension)
Lithograph artist book with concertina structure.
Hand-printed on 300gsm Somerset Satin paper by Jaime Powell.