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== Life ==
== Life ==
Day, a lineal descendant of [[Wong Ah Sat]], was born in [[Goulburn]], [[New South Wales]], living in the same house for his entire childhood and adolescent years. At age 16, he briefly trained as a graphic designer at the [[NSW Police Academy]]. Rather than pursue graphic design as a career, Day enrolled at the local technical college to study art. In 1992, he moved to Canberra to study at the Canberra School of Art, ANU (graduating with a Bachelor of Art with First Class Honours). While still a student, he worked as an illustrator and caricaturist at [[The Canberra Times]].<ref name=illo>[http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/132461253?searchTerm=canberra%20times%20AND%20%22ice-cream%22&searchLimits=exactPhrase=ice-cream|||anyWords|||notWords|||requestHandler|||dateFrom=1994-01-01|||dateTo=1996-12-31|||l-advstate=ACT|||l-illustrated=true|||sortby Example illustration by Day for the Canberra Times.] 1995</ref> He abandoned this path in 1996, choosing instead to work as a printer, binder, and designer of books for the Edition + Artist's Book Studio, ANU. In 1997, Day co-founded Finlay Press, and in the same year he lost the vision in his left eye due to a congenital deformity. In early 2010, he moved to [[Melbourne]], founded Mountains Brown Press, and met his future wife. Together they moved to Toronto, Canada (2010), then to Brooklyn, NY (2011). Day lives in Melbourne,<ref name=social>https://www.smh.com.au/national/unsung-artist-became-an-admired-mentor-for-many-20170629-gx1861.html#:~:text=Tony%20Woods%2C%20artist%20who%20shunned,River%20and%20Tasmania's%20surrounding%20ocean. Upon moving to Melbourne, Day joined a small social group of artists ''"A group of older artist met with Tony Woods every Saturday morning for coffee and conversation, including Alex Selenitsch, [[Petr Herel]], Keith Stream, Alex Hamilton, Phil Day, and Kevin Lincoln, to discuss what each were doing."'' Palmer. s, (2017)'Unsung Artist' became an admired mentor for many – ''The Sydney Morning Herald''. 29 June 2017.</ref> with his wife and their daughter.
Day, a lineal descendant of [[Wong Ah Sat]], was born in [[Goulburn]], [[New South Wales]], living in the same house for his entire childhood and adolescent years. At age 16, he briefly trained as a graphic designer at the [[NSW Police Academy]]. Rather than pursue graphic design as a career, Day enrolled at the local technical college to study art. In 1992, he moved to Canberra to study at the Canberra School of Art, ANU (graduating with a Bachelor of Art with First Class Honours). While still a student, he worked as an illustrator and caricaturist at [[The Canberra Times]].<ref name=illo>[http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/132461253?searchTerm=canberra%20times%20AND%20%22ice-cream%22&searchLimits=exactPhrase=ice-cream|||anyWords|||notWords|||requestHandler|||dateFrom=1994-01-01|||dateTo=1996-12-31|||l-advstate=ACT|||l-illustrated=true|||sortby Example illustration by Day for the Canberra Times.] 1995</ref> He abandoned this path in 1996, choosing instead to work as a printer, binder, and designer of books for the Edition + Artist's Book Studio, ANU. In 1997, Day co-founded Finlay Press, and in the same year he lost the vision in his left eye due to a congenital deformity. In early 2010, he moved to [[Melbourne]], founded Mountains Brown Press, and met his future wife. Together they moved to Toronto, Canada (2010), then to Brooklyn, NY (2011). Day lives in Melbourne,<ref name=social>https://www.smh.com.au/national/unsung-artist-became-an-admired-mentor-for-many-20170629-gx1861.html#:~:text=Tony%20Woods%2C%20artist%20who%20shunned,River%20and%20Tasmania's%20surrounding%20ocean. Upon moving to Melbourne, Day joined a small social group of artists ''"A group of older artist met with Tony Woods every Saturday morning for coffee and conversation, including Alex Selenitsch, [[Petr Herel]], Keith Stream, Alex Hamilton, Phil Day, and Kevin Lincoln, to discuss what each were doing."'' Palmer. s, (2017)'Unsung Artist' became an admired mentor for many – ''The Sydney Morning Herald''. 29 June 2017.</ref> with his wife and their daughter.

Day is currently the publishing director of Life Before Man (founded in 2020). Life Before Man is the poetry imprint for Gazebo Books.


==Drawings==
==Drawings==
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Day has continued to write using 'connections', 'slippages', and 'digressions', evident in his ''A Chink in a Daisy-Chain'' (2017), the first in a three-book series. ''A Chink in a Daisy-Chain'' concentrates on the embattled nature of individual intellectual and creative autonomy. Fiona Capp (Sydney Morning Herald) comments:
Day has continued to write using 'connections', 'slippages', and 'digressions', evident in his ''A Chink in a Daisy-Chain'' (2017), the first in a three-book series. ''A Chink in a Daisy-Chain'' concentrates on the embattled nature of individual intellectual and creative autonomy. Fiona Capp (Sydney Morning Herald) comments:


''"In the spirit of the absurdist and playful logic that characterises the Alice books, A Chink in a Daisy-Chain takes us into the rabbit warren of Day's mind as he free associates, one thought leading to another in a stream of consciousness ..."''<ref name=capp>Capp. F, 2017. A Chink in a Daisy-Chain review: Phil Day rambles through his consciousness, [http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/a-chink-in-a-daisychain-review-phil-day-rambles-through-his-consciousness-20170428-gvv14g.html].</ref>
''"In the spirit of the absurdist and playful logic that characterises the Alice books, A Chink in a Daisy-Chain takes us into the rabbit warren of Day's mind as he free associates, one thought leading to another in a stream of consciousness ..."''<ref name="capp">Capp. F, 2017. A Chink in a Daisy-Chain review: Phil Day rambles through his consciousness, [http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/a-chink-in-a-daisychain-review-phil-day-rambles-through-his-consciousness-20170428-gvv14g.html].</ref>


Similar to his artist's books, included in ''Chink in a Daisy-Chain'' is a drawing by Day illustrating ''[[The Wasp in a Wig]]'' – the suppressed chapter from Carroll's ''[[Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There]]''. Day's illustration recreates the style of [[John Tenniel]]'s original illustrations.{{citation needed|date=March 2021}}
Similar to his artist's books, included in ''Chink in a Daisy-Chain'' is a drawing by Day illustrating ''[[The Wasp in a Wig]]'' – the suppressed chapter from Carroll's ''[[Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There]]''. Day's illustration recreates the style of [[John Tenniel]]'s original illustrations.{{citation needed|date=March 2021}}
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