Accredited Professional Member
Caren Florance studied a Bachelor of Arts in English at ANU in the 1980s and a Masters by Coursework in English at UNSW Canberra in the early 1990s. During the latter course she undertook bibliography studies and discovered letterpress, which led her to attend the ANU School of Art from 1995-2002. Her time in the Graphic Investigations Workshop (which became the Printmedia & Drawing Workshop) introduced her to papermaking, printmaking, typography and the artist’s book. After completing her Visual Arts degree with first class honours, she worked as a Technical Officer in the ANU Edition + Artist Book Studio under Dianne Fogwell. She now works as a sessional teacher of Book Arts and Typography for the Printmedia & Drawing Workshop. She is currently undertaking a creative PhD in the Arts & Design Faculty of the University of Canberra and also teaches Typography in their Graphic Design department.
Florance’s practice focuses on paper, the book and the printed word and is informed by material bibliography and book history. She works predominantly with text, particularly poetry, and publishes under the imprint Ampersand Duck. By using traditional letterpress and bookbinding processes along with more contemporary technologies, she produces works on paper across the book arts spectrum, from zines to books and installation work. Florance is collected by national and international institutions (mostly libraries) and private collectors.