A NICHE publisher making “small, surprising things” has just been launched by NEWC chair, Sophie Masson, and illustrator, Lorena Carrington.
Pardalote Press will publish unusual projects by the pair, who have set up a crowdfunding campaign to help establish their tiny press, which within the first two days of the campaign had already well overshot its original funding goal of $2,500.
Funds from our crowdfunding campaign will be used for printing, production and pre-orders
On the drawing board are two projects; a chapbook, Bird’s Eye View and a collection of colour cards, Wayfarer.
“Bird’s Eye View brings together poetry and prose by me and black and white images by Lorena, which together form glimpses into the world of birds, and the world as seen by birds,” Masson said.
“Wayfarer is a unique set of 16 beautiful full colour cards which in words and pictures take you on a journey of mystery, magic and meaning.”
Carrington said the cards could also be used “to build 1000 stories, or play games or build pictures, the choice is yours”. The pair want supporters to be in on the ground, by pledging support at the press’s infancy.
“Funds from our crowdfunding campaign will be used for printing, production and pre-orders,” Carrington said.
Masson has experience in establishing independent presses, having helped establish locally-based Christmas Press in 2013, which publishes acclaimed children's books.
She has had more than 70 novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children, but also for adults and in 2019 was awarded the AM(General Division) in the Order of Australia. Carrington is a photographic artist and book illustrator based in regional Victoria. She is published in Australia with Serenity Press, and internationally with Kane Miller (United States) and Wydawnictwo Tadam (Poland).