Big Quince Print reinvigorated the old store | Islander

The revitalization of a former commercial space has created an exciting new bookstore, exhibition space and workshop for Big Quince Print.

On Sunday, October 31, Stuart Daws and Alice Teasdale of Big Quince Print hosted an official opening that featured an exhibition of photographic works by François Maritz.

The premises, located at 15 Kingscote Terrace, began their life as Nepean Motors in the 1950s and since then have seen many incarnations, but remained abandoned between 2010 and 2021, roof leaks causing significant damage.

Through hard work, Stuart and Alice have created a warm and welcoming boutique designed to draw people into the space.

“Our goal is to revitalize this part of Kingscote Terrace,” said Alice.

“It is important that the community can enjoy this beautiful place, which is why we want to create a space for the arts – exhibitions, presentations and even theatrical and musical events.”

The Martiz exhibit, which is titled “Textures of This Island” was co-curated by Alice Teasdale and Alison Higgs, with the added convenience that all printing could be done in-house.

“It was a privilege to work with the images of Francois,” said Alice.

“They have a visceral effect, especially when enlarged to over three feet wide.

“His ability to capture this landscape in all its moods is unparalleled.”

François Maritz is an Island resident who is an award winning photographer.

Alice said her works show a new take on the landscape, plants and creatures of Kangaroo Island, and are full of bold colors and shapes.

The theme of the exhibition, “Textures of this island”, comes in close-ups of birds, flowers and insects, alongside immense landscapes and seascapes.

Huge enlargements show tiny but carefully captured details, like a single kayak on a vast sea and sunbathing on Emu Bay beach.

After the 2019-2020 bushfires, Martiz was able to capture haunting images that were published by Alice in a book called Textures of That Summer.

-Details: The exhibition will run until the end of November and is open to visitors from 9:30 am to 5 pm on weekdays. Big Quince also opens on market days from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the exhibition can also be visited by appointment on weekends.

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