Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison

Based in Melbourne, we work from home. And more often than not, we collaborate with each other. We rather fell into collaboration, many years ago now, and it is one based on harmony. To date, we have made 99 artists’ book titles and 127 zine titles.

We decided early on in our collaboration, through an organic process, not to polish the same skills. We naturally lent towards different things and now bring those different things together to make one work not possible without the other. Working this way, a third work is made that belongs to us both.

The two of us have been fans of the book for a long time now, and it is perhaps because no work is ever as you’d imagined or saw in your mind’s eye, that we keep working with books. Every step, every part of the process, every learning curve, holds us entranced. We love the challenge artists’ books present, the possibilities and history they hold, and the intimacy they can awaken in the reader. The flexible medium of the book holds us in its palm rather than us holding the book in our own palms. In the beginning, the medium of the artists' book seemed, to us, to be free of rules and regulations. It also presented many new things to consider, from page layout and sequence to typographical decisions, and such things we tossed in the air and arranged upon their landing. Working together has meant we were able to figure out the particulars through trial and error, and groundwork.

You can see an exhibition of our artists’ books at Artspace Mackay until the 3rd of February, 2019.

Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Foyer Gallery
Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Mackay, Queensland

The exhibition is drawn from the Mackay Regional Council collection, and it includes
Find your place, 2007
Small collection, 2008
Postcards from... a key to make your own world visible, 2009
A vagary of impediments & a sneak of weasels, 2009
Tumble & fall, 2009
This evening, however, I am thinking of things past, 2009
Closer to natural, 2016
Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, 2016
Paw Pad Path, 2018

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Paw Pad Path, 2018, artists’ book