The covers for the hard-copy edition of Garland are individually hand-decorated by artists associated with the Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers. Special thanks to Peter Burke for providing the space at Victoria University for workshops, Tri Setyani for organising the artists, and Azizeh Astaneh for her generous assistance. Proceeds of the sales go back to the artists. This project has been inspired by Eliosa Cartonera.
Most of the artists are from Iran, where many had established careers and galleries. Some covers were produced in detention centres as part of the workshops conducted by MAFA. Due to visa conditions, some of them use the names of flowers to identify their works. In most cases, artists chose to base their work around the concept of garland, which in Iran is very important as a way of marking special occasions, such as victories, returns and funerals. These artists drew on the traditional Persian decorative design known as tazhib, which is a garland applied to the cover of a book.
If you enjoy any of the covers, you are encouraged to leave a comment. We hope that this project will help the recently-arrived artists realise their potential to contribute to a new culture. The covers are available for purchase here.
Thanks to Dominique Kirchner, Vanessa Miller, Molly George, Margaret Mayhew, Allison Russell and the artists whose work is featured.
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