(Paste-up Fremantle Art Centre)
Janine Browne is a Perth Artist/Poet and Founder of The Black Dog Project.
Through the mediums of locally crafted books, street art and dry-point prints, a heartwarming collection of art, stories and characters explore the interrelating themes of developing a strong sense of self and place; the acceptance and value of difference; and the role of imaginary friends in our lives to alleviate loneliness and isolation – provide strength and direction.
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Clunk & Jam (Second Edition, September, 2019).
(Making Clunk & Jam here.)
Clunk & Jam (the book) is a collection of art and stories that champion for individuality and difference – transform brokenness into something strongly beautiful.
The 200 pages include the character series Robin Small, Amelia Bloom, the Army of Ink, Flipper Girl, the New Age BOy and Rose. The book is typed on an old manual typewriter – the sound (and poem) giving name to the book’s title.
Written, illustrated and published by Janine Browne (unless otherwise credited). Cover art by Stormie Mills. Art contributions from Victorian artist, Harley Manifold. Created using recycled paper, vegetable based ink and thread binding. Printed in Perth, Western Australia by an accredited environmental management systems printer
Clunk & Jam (second edition, 2019) includes an additional 100 pages of new content and artwork. 6 new character series (above).
The book making process has also been filmed, some is currently available for viewing on Instagram @browneink and coming soon to the Blog page on this site. Felt it important to share that unseen world of making books.
Cover art kindly contributed by Stormie Mills, Perth, Western Australia. Art within by Janine Browne, Perth, Western Australia, unless otherwise credited. Additional art contributions within kindly by Harley Manifold , Melbourne, Victoria).
Wisdoms of Rose (book). Rose is an independent promoter of self acceptance - and indulgence. A star in personal development and a high minder of her own identity. She is supremely comfortable in herself, resolved and content in following her own path - free from any expectation to be liked and followed. Her stories read like a dream school report - with a quirky twist and streak of Rose's delightful deadpan humour. Rose pocket book is available in the Bookshop/Gallery or from the good independent bookstores below. Rose also appears in Clunk & Jam (Second Edition, 2019).
The Army of Ink Collection. Affectionately known by their followers as 'The Army of Ink', these girls are delightfully defiant, and ooze with a contagious sense of strength and personal power. They champion for individuality and difference and are great to have along side you as you venture through life, love, loss and the tricky process of self exploration. Since 2007, over 100 'Inks' have arrived. Find them in Clunk & Jam (Second Edition). View them also in The Black Dog Project Blog.
Tales of Robin Small. Although inspired by the Super Hero of ancient times, Robin Hood, Robin Small is not the crusading sort, he's more of an outsider who is simply heroic in his own time. He is apprehensive in nature and within the modern world, yet stands firmly in his vulnerability. He is wise and brave in his own life and journey - and the steps he takes towards a future of his own making. Arriving in December 2012. Appearing in Clunk & Jam (Second Edition, 2019). View Robin Small in The Black Dog Project Blog.
Amelia Bloom - Dreamer by Trade (handmade book)
Amelia understands how broken everything is, yet she invests in her dreaming. Not only for herself, but for others. Her French inspired imagination paints a beautiful picture of a world full of hope and peace. The series (and book) gently remind us of the magic of dreaming and its ability to create a better world.
Amelia came to life in January 2015, in response to the attack on the Charlie Hebdo independent publishing house in Paris. In the current political climate, she remains relevant - and ever hopeful. Find Amelia Bloom in Clunk & Jam (Second Edition, 2019).
The Dead Bird Theory (book)
A black comedy about dealing with people who do shitty things by imagining they are dead birds. Like those who don't invite you. Racists. Those who don't reply to emails. Those who don't say thank you. Those who look down their noses. NB: No living birds were killed in the making of the book. (Currently not available).
Books available in Western Australia from: Fremantle Art Centre, FOUND giftshop. New Edition Bookshop, Fremantle. Lane Bookshop, Claremont. Crow Bookshop, Victoria Park. Planet Books, Mt Lawley and Northbridge. Collins Booksellers, Cottesloe. The Well Bookshop, Applecross. Subiaco Bookshop, Subiaco. Beaufort Street Books, Mt Lawley. Diabolik Books & Records, Mt Hawthorn. Rabble Books and Games, Maylands. Paper Bird Books, Fremantle. Bodhi Tree Bookshop/Cafe, Mt Hawthorn.