Monday, August 19, 2013

Opening Friday 23rd

Hi all, I'll be in the gallery this Friday 23rd August for a couple of hours between 3-7pm.


This will one of the last opportunities to pick up some work from Hand Held before we pack up and move on.


Join me for a glass of wine and a zine!




Friday, June 28, 2013

Last week of Tall Tales


A reminder that Deb Klein's wonderful exhibition 'Tall Tales' is in its last week at Hand Held.

Pop in from Tuesday - Saturday 12-5pm. Along with the beautiful exhibition we also stock Deb's range of zines and small books.

Deb will be in the gallery on the final day, Saturday afternoon, from about 2.30pm if you'd like to say hi.

As this is our last exhibition it's worth dropping in to pick up any books you've had your eye on before it's too late!

Over the next few weeks, and whilst we organise our next project, Hand Held will open from time to time - feel free to email me if you'd like to drop in for a look at our collection.

Keep an eye on the blog for info on pop ups, temporary spaces, street trading and other events in the next few months...


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tall Tales of Shadow women...

Deborah Klein's stunning exhibition 'Tall Tales' opened last Thursday night with the lovely crowd present keen to see Deb's most recent of works - an exciting new direction for this well established and well loved artist.
Deb has been working in small scale artist books and zines for some time however this is her first exhibition of this style of work. The exhibition is comprised of thirteen hand painted concertina style artist books on Khadi paper, each measures 80 x 15cm when open. They are bound simply with embossed black covers.
Along side the artist books is a collection of 25 miniature paintings, some that worked as studies for the artist books - all complete works in their own right.
Depicted are Deb's 'shadow women'... Each one evocative of an emotion, a narrative, a mystery...








Join us at Hand Held before July 6th to enjoy this exhibition in person.


Friday, May 31, 2013

Next up at Hand Held


It is with great anticipation that we look forward to our next exhibition, 'Tall Tales' by our long time supporter Deborah Klein who hosts her first solo show dedicated to artist books and painted miniatures.

Artist's Statement

In 2008 I began to write my first fairy tales. They were gathered together in a small illustrated book, There was once...The collected fairy tales (2009). It was published by Moth Woman Press, which I founded in the same year and named for the characters who inspired one of my first tales, The Story of the Moth Masks. All of my subsequent books and zines have been published by MWP and all are documented on the book blog Moth Woman Press - Limited Edition Artist's Books and Zines: http//

The bound concertina books that dominate the solo exhibition Tall Tales are one-of-a-kind and open vertically. The drawings and hand lettering inside are ink and acrylic paint on handmade Khadi paper. Although they evoke fairy tales and folk tales, aside from their covers and title pages, the books contain no texts. There was simply no room for the thousand words that each picture is worth.

The primary inspirations for the imagery were the exquisite stop-motion silhouettes created by animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981). Her fairy tale films, which I first saw as a child in the days of black and white television, were my introduction to silhouettes. At the time, I thought I had never seen anything quite so magical. I still do.

The exhibition is a significant milestone, as it is my first to focus primarily on artist's books. They are complemented by a selection of miniature paintings. Although several of these served as studies for the books, each one is a finished work in its own right.

Sadly Deb's exhibition will also be our last and will mark the end of an exciting 5 year journey for Hand Held.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

I Want to be Your Shadow

Kat Teede's lovely exhibition 'I want to be your shadow' opening last night at Hand Held.















Thursday, May 9, 2013

Next up at Hand Held

16 May – 8 June 2013

I Want to be Your Shadow is the latest exhibition from Melbourne based artist Kat Teede, which continues her intrigue of the duality present within life and within ourselves and in the tension that arises when oppositions meet. Light and its Shadow.

“I Want to be Your Shadow” is a statement that was once made known to me and has stayed in my memory for the tension that it creates between intimacy and suffocation. Appearing as an endearing declaration of love, “I Want to Be Your Shadow” can also be viewed as a burdening entrapment… Within this exhibition, small-scale sculpture and text combine in considering this tension, together with the recollection of our memories of past relationships. As with this statement, the works within I Want to be Your Shadow are both beautiful and intimate though oppressive and haunting.

Opening Thursday 16th May, 6-8pm


Monday, April 29, 2013

Chances and Changes







Susan Baran and Diane Longley's exhibition 'Chances and Changes' showcases work old and new. On display until May 11.