Pop Up Bookshop Featurette by Jason Harris
If you haven’t gone to visit the pop up bookshop at Colour Box Studio, then gentleman and gentlewomen it’s time to start your spending! There is a great selection of items on hand in this well stocked fantasy gift land. I would seriously consider living there if Amie let me. Please Amie, please. I don’t eat much and take up very little space.
My favourite section would have to be the shelves that house all the journals and papers. Being an art student and aspiring artist, I had a sensory overload from all the textures and colours. There is a good selection of hardbound sketchbooks and papers from local makers including Christopher Bound and Leonie Connellan and also Footscray paper distributer Magnani Papers. I happen to use the Magnani sketchbooks and I do say it’s quite an intimate experience to draw on such fine paper. Thinking about drawing on that velvety parchment gives me the shivers. So put down those cheap mass produced sketchbooks with copy paper quality sheets and invest in some hardcore hardcovers.
If you’re a bit of a nerd like me, there are also some great comic books available. I picked up a copy of Killeroo which is the brainchild of Darren Close. There are two books available in store and I’ve picked up the first. It’s been a fair while since I’ve read a comic or graphic novel and although I’m not too familiar with Australian comics, I was surprisingly impressed with the quality of the art and the writing. I am definitely back into comics after reading this deliciousness.
There’s a plethora of things available in the shop from books, zines and badges to candles and cards. There’s still plenty of time for you to come down and see what kind of items are available. Support your local creatives! The Colour Box Studio Pop Up Book Shop is open until August 31st.
Above photo – Zines by Lizzy Sampson on display at Colour Box Studio.
Artists, writers & filmmakers stocked in the shop include: Jessica Dean, Karenne Rees, Emily Boyle, Leonie Connellan, Kirsten Krauth, Tasha Nicholls, Suzanne Nguyen, Shae Rooke, Magnani Papers, Legitimate Films, Ivan Malekin, Rachel Main, Christopher Parry, Steve Boyd, Léuli Eshraghi, Pauline Vetuna, Jane Rawson, Hariklia Heristanidis.