Cross-artform creations and collaborations

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Winged Things

The aim of Weave Length since we began in 2009 has been to create 'winged things,' weaving together elements, people, and ideas so that they might lead to other things, things that fly.

Here is a very short film - a sense of some of the elements of Amy's recent work The Space Between. The soundscape features Amy playing with the ruined pianos of Tuerong, notes and bones in their own space between.

Hope you enjoy it. Hope it might, ever so briefly, help your mind take flight...

A sense of The Space Between, Backspace Gallery, July 2013 from Amy Tinderbox on Vimeo.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Last Hurrah!

Come along to the gallery this Saturday 27th from midday to celebrate a fabulous two weeks in Backspace exploring all things book! Amy will share what has been collected during the show, including images of people enjoying the space, favourite books and reading memories, gathered images from the online galaxy of readers, and a draft of the special inscription collection book titled 'Inscriptions in the Space Between' in collaboration with mentor Barry Wemyss. There will also be some live music and sushi so come and enjoy! The exhibition will close officially at 4pm on Sunday.

Image contributed by Shane Carey, Allans Flat 2013

Big love and thanks to all visitors and supporters, including the wonderful Erin McCuskey of Yum StudioThe Ballarat Library, Sonya Macdonald at Sago on TuesdaysThe UB Centre for eCommerce and CommunicationsAbbie Matthews aka Miss Ladybug, The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, and the guys at the City of Ballarat Arts & Culture Unit. 

Look out for more on this exciting project as after all the great chats in the gallery, it doesn't look like it will end here!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Week Two in the Space Between!

Backspace Gallery is nestled behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Huyghue House, entered by Camp St or down Police Lane from Lydiard St, and is run by the City of Ballarat Arts and Culture Unit. 

Big thanks to all who have visited and contributed to Amy's current exhibition  The Space Between so far: an invitation for people of all ages to come and explore the world of books and reading!

The past week has seen fabulous free sessions offered to the public from bookbinder and restorer Sonya Macdonald of Sago on Tuesdays Bindery and multimedia extraordinaire Erin McCuskey from Yum Studio


Local artist Barry Wemyss’s book art workshops have also proved popular and are now booked out, but there is still lots to do and see as part of this exciting exhibition.
The Ballarat Library Outreach van will visit again on Thursday morning 9am to midday and Friday morning storytime at 11am will feature the classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar after last week’s fun with Where the Wild Things Are.

Barry and Amy will continue work on the Inscription Collection, inviting visitors to bring in books with their favourite book inscriptions to be copied and added to a special artist book. Book lovers near and far can also contribute to an online galaxy of readers, with pictures already coming through from Sweden, India, UK, and around Australia. More details here

An informal celebration will take place at midday on Saturday 27th. All welcome, BYO lunch and check out what has been gathered and created throughout the exhibition.

The project has been described as “warm, human, and unpretentious” by local poet Barry Breen, and enjoyed by Louise Jones from ‘Learning that’s Fun’ noting that “there is so much to see, touch and be a part of. It was literally a case of the more laps I did, the more I found.”

Come and join the bookish fun! Artworks by Amy Tsilemanis can also be purchased and donations made to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF).


Read a review on the Central Highlands Arts Atlas by Ailsa B Du Bois from the Editorial Suite

Contact Amy: Weave Length Productions on Facebook

Friday, July 12, 2013

Come and explore at Backspace Gallery!

It’s a cold and rainy day and week ahead, perfect for coming to visit The Space BetweenAmy’s cross-artform exploration of books and reading!

July 13-28
Open Tuesday- Sunday 10-4
Hughyue House
Alfred Deakin Place (enter via Camp St or Police Lane, off Lydiard St)

Saturday 13th
Opening event 2-4pm with readings from Nathan Curnow and a special treat from Liana Skewes and the Ink and Pen Postal Fellowship 

Wednesday 17th:
Meet your local bookbinder and restorer Sonya Macdonald from Sago on Tuesdays. Bring along any questions or books that are in need of some love.

Thursday 18th 
Browse and borrow with the Ballarat Library Mobile Van, visiting The Space Between 9am -midday

Make Your Own Concertina Book Workshop with Barry Wemyss
1.30-3.30 $5. Please register at

Friday 19th
Storytime with Miss Ladybug
Where the Wild Things Are
Dress up animal or insect!

Saturday 20th
Make Your Own Concertina Book Workshop with Barry Wemyss
1.30-3.30 $5. Please register at

Sunday 21st
Join Erin McCuskey of Yum Studio for a chat about some of the interesting interactive digital book design going on from Stephen Fry to Nick Cave.

Feel free to bring along any books you'd like to add to the Book Exchange at any point too!