Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
We are a magazine.
Our stories ruffle feathers
But mostly our own
Tell us a little about the origins of The Canary Press.
I, Robert came to Melbourne from Adelaide as a cultural refugee. Andy is American and I called him up when he was in Richmond, Virginia on the way to a party, convinced him to move to Melbourne for a while and he woke up the next morning with a hangover and a plane ticket.
We realised a lot of people are writing short stories but no-one seems to be reading them, or going in to bat for them. I don’t know if that’s a cricket or a baseball metaphor, but that’s why we started The Canary: to build a sexy home for the best stories that we can find.
Describe your creative process.
We recently purchased a foot heater. That has been more valuable to our creative process than any thing else. We read stories every where we go, we pull at out hair, we throw things; when we find a good one we dance naked and smoke cigars. Then we edit, late at night, eating soup out of cans and arguing about semi colons and plot lines. One day, when the cash was running low, we had to edit a story with eyeliner. A great story can cope with that sort of thing.
What inspires you the most?
A story that grabs you and holds on tight; that makes you laugh in that spot right next to the one that hurts; the sort where you can’t wait to see what happens next. And if you can read this story again and again, and it hits you in different ways? It doesn’t get much better than that. Also, a man named Jim Shepard. Also, owls.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
Tony Birch, Nam Le, Josephine Rowe, Romy Ash. The people writing and illustrating the mag. Look at them! They’re fantastic.
What are your ultimate dreams for The Canary Press?
To stay alive. In as swash-buckling a way as we can manage.
What will we find from The Canary Press at our July Bend and Snap Market?
Magazines! Our first issue, sexy and filled with stories; the good sort, not the sort where people sit around looking out the window, hot off the presses. Also prints of some illustrations in the mag.
You will find all the amazing art design fashion, waffles on a stick and seductive shortbreads, a whole load of vintage goodness, getting your craft onnn in our CRAFTERNOON CORNER, chats with our guys and gals from POZIBLE about any of your creative ventures and a FACE PAINTING ARTIST and a pop up nail bar by CRITTER CLAWS as well as many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold, including:
BERNAVUE, BIND AND FOLD, BONNIE BIX QUALITY SHORTBREADS, THE CANARY PRESS, THE CREATURE WORKSHOP, CRITTER CLAWS, DAMSELFLY, DREAMING CO. ♧, FACE PAINTING ARTIST, FORGET ME NOT ENGRAVING, FOXGLOVE BOTANICALS, THE GIRL NIGHTINGALE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACKIE MADE THIS, JEREMY WINGSPAN, JULIE’S LITTLE WORLD, JUX, ME-U, PRECIOUS LITTLE SAKURA, SCATTERED ANTS, SCRABBLE KITTY, SEBO-HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE, STEF COLLECTIONS, UNFAZED & CONFUZED, WAFFELIER and many more emerging artists and designers!!!
All this inspiration stuffed in one market day will surely get you buzzing. Do you have any creative projects or dreams in mind? We are thrilled to be having our dreamweaving friends at POZIBLE join in on the market love at our July market day ready to answer all of your questions to help these dreams come true.Stay tuned for more stall holder interviews and sneaky treats and like us on Facebook for all sorts of sneaky peek treats.
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