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Lavender Room Zine-in-a-Matchbox Issue #10

This ‘Golden Stapler’ nominated zine has reached its landmark 10th issue and this Lost Shark, can be found lurking inside the pages. For those of you who are not familiar with The Lavender Room, each issue features:

Ye Olde Picture Books – what amazing vintage books have I found in secondhand shops?
Raise High the Salinger – quotes from the dearly departed J.D.Salinger
Thankyou for Being a Friend – my Golden Girls pick of talented friends!
For Want of a Word – want a word? I’ve got one!
Tools in Vogue – what tools have featured in my life of late?
The ebay That Got Away – it’s tough being outbid!
A ‘Pome’ from Pas – for some literary sensation

but to make issue #10 that little bit special The Lavender Room treats you to sneezing, an albatross, fashion and Hashimoto in Springtime!

And let’s not forget that each zine comes with a solitary match to set it all on fire after reading! Pick up a copy here.

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Poetry in a Matchbox

The Lavender Room Zine-in-a-Matchbox, Bumper Poetry Issue is here!

Many of you may have read the interview I did with the lady of the Lavender Room, Pascalle Burton, back when issue #1 hit the streets, but this 8th issue is ready to blow all others away.

The matchbox is bursting with tiny poems by Bruce Dorlova, Hadley, Matt Hetherington, Carmen Keates, Chris Lynch, Corrie MacDonald, Andrew Phillips, Jacob Polley, David Prater, Nathan Shepherdson, David Stavanger, emily xyz, this Lost Shark and many others. The box is also elegantly designed and comes with a single match.

The Bumper Poetry Issue is now available via The Lavender Room Facebook Page or the etsy site for just $8 + postage.

So if you like words that catch fire, then start clicking… with Christmas knocking on the door, the Bumper Poetry Issue might just make the perfect gift!

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The Back Room’s All Star Menu: featuring Pascalle Burton

Tomorrow night is your last chance to dine out on the fine food and live arts served up by, The Back Room at Confit Bistro. One of the highlights of the all-star menu is avant-garde performance poet musician-lady, Pascalle Burton.

Pascalle flirts shamelessly with poetry, music and visual art. She has performed at many venues and festivals both in Australia and overseas.  She recently played around with David Stavanger, Nathan Shepherdson and reversible poetry on her project, The Outlandish Watch, which is available on 7” vinyl. She performs in The Stress of Leisure, who will be October’s Resident Musicians at the Brisbane Powerhouse and soon releasing their own 7”, Sex Time. Her Lavender Room Zine-in-a-Matchbox series has been nominated in the 2011 Golden Stapler Awards and in 2008, Small Change Press published her debut collection, A Vast Laugh.

 

± reminders
 
the person you felt like killing?
you did.
 
fashion costs less if you stop
buying into it
 
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?
 
multiple cars rear-end the ghosts
of victims
of machismo-wielding drivers
 
how many exhibitions have been cut short?
how many protests worked?
how much lipstick do we eat?
 
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?

there is a small cat in the carpet
leading to endless bedtime stories
with the same character
 
dreams are set in different tourist destinations
they are doing a world tour
to a sellout crowd
 
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?
 
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?
 
it doesn’t matter
there are more pressing concerns
 
like the person you felt like killing?
you did.

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Here’s the details and remember, this is the last gig for the year, so come on out and raise a glass to what has been a superb series of events!

Where: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley
Date: Wednesday September 28
Time: 6pm doors for a 6:30pm start
Entry: Free

To book your seat, call 3254 4001 or email info@confit.com.au or drop me a message in the comments box below and I will do the rest.

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The Back Room’s All-Star Menu: featuring B. R. Dionysius

Next Wednesday, September 28, The Back Room at Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley) serves up its final helping of live art for 2011, with an all star menu, visual art by Olivia Shale and Tricia Reust, the vibrant sounds of avant-garde performance-poet musician-lady, Pascalle Burton, the blues rumble of Sheish Money & this Lost Shark, the exciting announcement of the two poets who will grace the pages of Brisbane New Voices III and chef Jason Peppler’s cutting edge cuisine. We are also thrilled to have, founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival, B. R. Dionysius featuring as part of the closing night celebrations.

Brett has won many awards, including the 2009 Max Harris Poetry Award. A chapbook, The Negativity Bin was published by PressPress in 2010 and his latest chapbook, The Curious Noise of History was released by Picaro Press in 2011. He lives in Ipswich, Queensland where he teaches English and writes sonnets.

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Wristwatch

What can you tell of a father from his timepiece?
The expandable band was German steel, tough
& worn with equal pride. Mini-springs folded like
Tank track over the terrain of his hand when slid
Up his wrist. He was armed with life’s ID bracelet.
Swiss made, the Lauris signified otherworld elegance
Amid wheat stubble heartland. Old Europe ticked
Adrenaline quick, as clocks converted young crops.
The date stuck on the 18th refusing to budge like the
Recollection of his candle’s blue flame. The length
Of a monarch’s reign separates them now. If only
Memory were precise as his watch that, once wound,
Ran forward in time, as if its last thirty years in a box,
Had been an eye blink & their grief, a speck of grain.

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Here’s the details for the weekly planner… and remember, this is the last gig for quite a few months, so come on out and raise a glass to what has been a superb year of events!

Where: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley
Date: Wednesday September 28
Time: 6pm doors for a 6:30pm start
Entry: Free

To book your seat, call 3254 4001 or email info@confit.com.au or drop me a message in the comments box below and I will do the rest.

This is going to be a big one, so get in early…

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The Back Room’s last stand for 2011

The Back Room has become a regular on the Brisbane poetry calendar, serving up some of the finest poetry, live art, music and cuisine this city has to offer from the stunning surrounds of Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley). On Wednesday, September 28, The Back Room will light up for its final 2011 gig and the line up is stellar.


Poetry features for the final event include, founding Director of QLD Poetry Festival, Brett Dionysius and avant-garde performance-poet musician-lady, Pascalle Burton.

Brett has won many awards for his poetry, most recently, the 2010, PressPress chapbook award, resulting in the publication of his latest book, The Negativity Bin. Pascalle recently launched her reversible poetry experiment, The Outlandish Watch on 7″ vinyl at QPF 2011, with co-conspirators, David Stavanger & Nathan Shepherdson and regularly releases her gorgeous Zine-in-a-Box, Lavender Room.

To cap off the night, there will be readings from the two poets who will be featured in Brisbane New Voices III. Just who are they? Well, the announcement will be made on the night, so make sure you are there to raise a glass to these bright things! And of course, Sheish Money and I will be there, ever-ready to belt out a few new songs and poems.

Where: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley
Date: Wednesday September 28
Time: 6pm doors for a 6:30pm start
Entry: Free

To book your seat, call 3254 4001 or email info@confit.com.au or drop me a message in the comments box below and I will do the rest.

This is going to be a big one, so get in early…

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The Lavender Room

The Lavender Room is a new outlet for Brisbane based artist Pascalle Burton and as of this Sunday, it is open for business and brimming with Zines, upcycled jewellery and other treasures. So to celebrate, I had a chat to Pascalle about what makes The Lavender Room tick.

 

 

The Lavender Room Zine issue #1 is now packed up in individual matchboxes and ready to hit the streets… so what can we expect to find when we slide back the cover?

I first notice people’s faces when they open it up; it’s a kind of childhood delight.  Like the only things you might expect to find in a box of matches is either a load of match sticks or perhaps a trapped beetle. Here is a little book – it immediately transforms our ideas of proportion, which I dig.  I have, however, noticed an expression of despondency when pyromaniacs look inside.

The zine-in-a-matchbox comes with a solitary match and a mission statement that ‘dares’ you to burn the zine after reading.  But prior to that moral dilemma, you’ll get to read:

Ye Olde Picture Books – vintage books with inspirational graphics;
Raise High the Salinger – ‘The Lavender Room’ is named after the New York piano bar from Catcher in the Rye and there’s quotes from the dearly departed J.D.Salinger;
Thankyou for Being a Friend – my Golden Girls pick of talented friends;
For Want of a Word – want a word? I’ve got one;
Tools in Vogue – predominant tools that I’ve been using;
The ebay That Got Away – it’s tough being outbid; and
It’s all rounded off with a poem, or Pome.

 

 

How do you see the Zine contributing to innovation in the publishing market? Are they the laboratories of the publishing world?

I would consider them as neither innovative nor marketable, necessarily. Zines have been around for a long time, embracing traditional ideas of manual printing and limited distribution in order to make uncensored work available, like the Beats and their mimeographed chapbooks or the Surrealists’ Situationist International publications. And it’s not really a scene for making money – for example, I charge $4 for each zine but they take a fairly long time to make. Zines have a different currency; the pay off for me is putting work out there, getting positive responses and, due to the miniature nature of my zine, developing my fine motor skills.

It’s not in my neighbourhood, though, to say whether zines are the forerunners, or ‘laboratories’, or the descendants of the publishing world. In some ways, it’s hard to see where appropriation begins and ends. Your blog is a kind of zine, isn’t it? But I do warm to the idea of being inventive with packaging and that is where zines can really shine – we’re able to mess with the perception of what a ‘book’ is.

There’s the notion of the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of wonders, collections of strange and wonderous natural history objects. I think that’s what zines are, little wunderkammers, microcosms of the producer’s world, reflecting philosophies about politics, religion, art, whatever curiosities you like. If only the business of the publishing world were as enchanting as that concept!

 

I see you have also branched out and are creating your own brand of upcycled jewellery featuring farm yard animals, toy cars and dinosaurs. What is the inspiration behind your range and what can we expect to see in the future?

I love making the upcycled accessories! I construct brooches, rings and earrings out of children’s toys or other unconventional objects. Again, it is not really creating, it’s remaking in a way, taking it somewhere different.  My approach is that dressing up should be fun, never too serious or austere. I’ve always been inspired to make accessories out of strange objects, as anyone who has seen me perform would know. The days of wearing headless Barbies, typewriter necklaces or cassette fascinators have laid a foundation. The Lavender Room is an experiment – a daring ride into being sartorial while maintaining a sense of humour.

I’ve only recently started selling online and at markets, so I have to wait and see if it takes or not. But I will continue to add to the collection – I’m making bottlecap earrings and brooches with distinctive images in them.  I made a range of John Waters brooches for when I went to his show the other night. I was fortunate enough to meet him afterwards and I gave him one of Mink Stole; he seemed to take a shine to them.

 

 

Which artists or works are currently shaping your vision?

I am constantly inspired by art and artists so this will merely be an immediate response to all this discussion about the zine-in-a-matchbox.  We’ve spoken on numerous occasions, Sharky, of my love for McSweeney’s innovative packaging; there’s collaborations like Dark Night of the Soul, that mix music with art, despite contractual obligations; Visionaire, for their coveted limited editions, particularly Issue 53 Sound; David Shrigley for his neuroses; Détournement, the original upcycling; Italo Calvino and Vladmir Nabokov for mutilating the convention of the Book; mandalas for momentariness and John Waters, for trash with integrity.

 

The Lavender Room will open at Brisbane’s Southbank Lifestyle Markets this Sunday 28th March between 9am and 5pm.  So drop by and say hello, and see if there is anything that intrigues you and your accessory collection.  And if you can’t get to the markets but like what you see (and don’t mind paying postage), you can go to The Lavender Room etsy store at www.lavenderroom.etsy.com

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