Each year, Blarney Books and Art in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia hosts a major competition and exhibition of art made from books. Rita Summers, who was the only Tasmanian entrant this year, submitted Agatha’s Wardrobe, a mixed media artwork incorporating pages from an 1835 publication entitled Agatha’s Husband.
Rita’s entry, described by the judges as a ‘very subtle and emotional piece’, was awarded the grand prize of $1,500. Blarney Books and Art have also purchased Rita’s winning entry for their permanent collection.
Art is a way of life for Rita, as can be seen from her original poem, included with her entry:
art is like breathing to me
life and thoughts impressed on paper, cloth, the air
fleeting sounds and images
captured before they escape forever
Rita explains, ‘I like to push the boundaries in my art to create my own original style. My qualifications and background focus…