The Illustrated Almanac: Print Editions

October 6th, 2014
by Jo Law

Two years in the making, The Illustrated Almanac: Print Editions are finally completed and now showing at Drawing Room in King’s Cross (gallery space in Cross Art and Books).




The print series features 12 print editions of off-set lithographic prints, one for each month of the year. The works on paper collate accumulated data, observations, and artworks collected during The Illustrated Almanac of the Illawarra and Beyond online project (2011-12).

Each month is an edition of 25, printed with Big Fag Press. All works are for sales. I would like to offer contributors to the online almanac a special discount for their much appreciated input and enthusiasm they brought to the project.












Rain Water: Wild geese head north

September 1st, 2012
by Jo Law

In this pentad, the meteorological reckoning of season marked its first day of spring. And we have come to the last entry of the Illustrated Almanac. Since we embarked on this journey in September, 2011, we have completed 1 revolution around the sun covering some 940 million kilometres. The sun is once again at 150º on our imaginary ecliptic; it climbs higher every day and will do so until June 21st, 2013. In the meantime, the day continues to lengthen. In just a little more than a month, on October 7th, 2012, daylight saving will begin in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Hollis’ new bathers arrived in the post and I find myself thinking about summer clothes and cotton yarn. … {read on}

Rain Water: River Otters sacrifice fish

August 27th, 2012
by Jo Law

This pentad began with a very warm spring day. Bellambi (AWS) recorded a maximum of 26.7ºC on Thursday August 23rd. Where we were in Sydney, the highest temperature reached 30ºC. In the city, many people wore their summer ensemble perfectly at ease in the hot sun; leaving some of us, who caught off-guard by the sudden shift in weather, wandering with our woollens tied around our waists or stuffed in our bags like visitors from a cold country. Like a Proustian madeleine, the warm air jolts the body’s memories, and, for a brief moment, I was immersed in a hot Sydney summer’s day. … {read on}

Start of Spring: Fish swim upstream and break the ice

August 22nd, 2012
by Jo Law

On a cheerfully sunny morning, Hollis and I visited the Botanical Gardens in Wollongong. Upon entry we were greeted by two roosters and a hen, free-ranging on the grass. As Hollis tried to make friends with the birds, I was drawn to inspect the impressive vegetable patch nearby. Bordered by bright marigolds and flanked by colourful rainbow chards and silverbeets, the extensive bed was offering full and round purple and white cabbages; in between fresh pale green broad beans were well on their way to offer up some pods. … {read on}

Start of Spring: Dormant creatures twitch

August 17th, 2012
by Jo Law

One may interpret seasonal changes through a number of avenues: temperature fluctuations, hours of sunlight, precipitation and other weather events. Behaviour of living things contribute to the experience of spring. As budding new shoots make their appearance through the soil or on bare branches, those higher on the food web may sense that the time of plenty is drawing near. ‘Dormant creatures twitch’; some may come to the conclusion that it is a good time to breed. Thus, for many species, the reproduction cycle begins. … {read on}

Start of Spring: East wind melts ice

August 12th, 2012
by Jo Law

Yes, it is spring, according to the Chinese Almanac. The almanac uses astronomical calculations to reckon the seasons, where four positions of the sun on the ecliptic serve as reference points. These quarter points, as they are known, are the solstices and equinoxes. On the solstices, the sun observed from Earth to be directly overhead at the tropics (of Capricorn 23° 26′ 16″S or Cancer 23° 26′ 16″N). At these points, the sun ‘stands still’, it will go no further but instead ‘reverses’ direction. Allowing for a delay in the heating and cooling of earth’s air temperature (known as ‘season lag’), the almanac places the start of seasons at the mid-points between solstices and equinoxes … {read on}

Major Cold: Streams and marshes frozen solid

August 7th, 2012
by Jo Law

Beautiful sunny days continued into this pentad with the highest maximum reaching 20.8ºC on Sunday August 5th. The highest overnight minimum was 11.5ºC. No rainfall was recorded during this period and humidity remained low (between 30% and 62%). Far from ‘streams and marshes frozen solid’, feelings of cold melted away when one basked in the warm sum. My birthday is amongst these last days of winter. … {read on}

Major Cold: Vulture flies stern and swift

August 1st, 2012
by Jo Law

In this second pentad of ‘Major Cold’, the sun was warm but the air felt chill. The daytime maximums returned to mid-teens after having reached higher temperatures in previous days. Correspondingly, night time minimums sank to below 10ºC. On a sunny day, we surveyed the beach after a storm and saw that the ocean brought to shore mostly sponges and cuttlefish. Our effort to regain normality after a prolonged period of sickness was once again foiled by another bout of illness. I, too, now long for the end of winter. … {read on}

Major Cold: Pheasant hens brood

July 27th, 2012
by Jo Law

As the sun moves to 120º on the ecliptic, we enter the last solar term of winter. This first pentad of ‘Major Cold’ began with aptly wintry conditions with the daytime maximums reaching the mid-teens and overnight minimums hovering just above 10ºC. Persistent light rains were followed by a glorious warm sunny Wednesday. It was succeeded by a moody overcast day that ended with a thunder storm. The pentad closed with another beautiful winter’s day.

The Chinese Almanac continues to focus on bird life but these ‘observations’ appear to be more a metaphorical gesture towards the raising yang than descriptive of actual phenological occurrences. Perhaps these images of spring activities fuel the hopes that the coldest season will soon draw to an end. … {read on}


July 25th, 2012
by Hollis Bridgeman Law

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