out of shape

about us

Caren Florance

Caren is currently undertaking a PhD at The University of Canberra. She also teaches sessionally at the ANU School of Art and conducts public workshops in book arts and letterpress by request.

Ampersand Duck is the imprint of Caren Florance. It is an umbrella name for a range of print activities that spans private press to visual art.

Ampersand Duck is in the following collections (in no particular order):

National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; UNESCO Noma Concours, Japan; University of Otago Library, NZ; National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia; State Library of Queensland; State Library of Victoria; Monash University Rare Books Collection; Melbourne University Rare Books Collection; University of Queensland Library; University of Sydney Library; University of WA Library; ACT Heritage Library; Canberra Museum and Galleries; Artspace Mackay; City of Fremantle Art Collection; UNSW Canberra; Petr Herel Collection, ANU; E+ABS Collection, ANU; Private collections.

In 2010 Caren was invited to be the Printer-in-Residence at the Otakou Press, University of Otago in Dunedin. She spent six weeks at the press, hand-printing the broadside folio Prime: Seven Australian and NZ Poets and Sue was one of the poets, with her poem No String Banjo . Caren subsequently printed Sue's poem Pattern for Plain Heart as a tip-in print for the esteemed printing journal Matrix (Vol 31, 2012). Out of Shape is the result of Caren's continuing interest in Sue Wootton's shaped poetry, which is perfect for hand-setting with lead type.

Sue Wootton

Sue is an award-winning poet and fiction writer whose work has been widely published and anthologized. Her fiction and poetry is widely published in New Zealand and internationally. Some of her work has been translated into Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish and Vietnamese. 

Sue wrote 4 poems for “Lan Yuan – A Garden of Distant Longing” a book about Dunedin’s Chinese Garden (2013).  

Sue's collection of 3 short stories, The Happiest Music on Earth, was published as an eBook in December 2012. 

Sue's three collections of poetry are Hourglass (2005), Magnetic South (2008) and By Birdlight (2011).  

As well as writing for adults, Sue also writes poetry and stories for children. Her children's book, Cloudcatcher, was published in 2010.

In 2008 Sue held the Robert Burns Fellowship in creative writing at Otago University.

Sue has received a number of accolades for her work including: 

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