NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018

And we’re set to do it all again, for a fourth year running.

Reposted from @ngvmelbourne: “#MelbourneArtBookFair 2018 brings together the most creative emerging and established international and local publishers, artists and writers for a program of ideas, discussions and book launches. 16–18 March at NGV International."

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017, NGV International ("The NGV gratefully acknowledges the Cornish family for their support of The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing. The Melbourne Art Book Fair program is supported by Event Partner Asahi Super Dry, Partner City of Melbourne and Supporter The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The symposium is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the RMIT School of Design.")

Exclusive to Milly Sleeping

Head to Milly Sleeping, Carlton, to find our newest zine, It was a familiar pattern.

A little mesmerising flipbook, based on a moving collage of the same name. Let the pages flutter with pace and watch an unexpected assembly surface from the sea (and retreat again) afront a passing ship.

Created for (and currently exclusive to) Milly Sleeping.

Printed in Melbourne; assembled and editioned by hand by Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison AKA Gracia & Louise.

PS. This work also relates to an exhibition called
Looped, now showing in the Latrobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria.

Milly Sleeping
157 Elgin Street, Carlton

Or pick up a copy at Milly Sleeping online.

 A zine, created from our collage of moving parts,   It was a familiar pattern  , 2017, created especially for Milly Sleeping's exhibition,  Unusual

A zine, created from our collage of moving parts, It was a familiar pattern, 2017, created especially for Milly Sleeping's exhibition, Unusual

Encased, in case

Just for the fun of it, we've added four new smart phone case and skin designs to our Society6 online store, should you hanker for a green or black cat on your iPhone.

Green Cat
Green Cat, Sleeping
Black Cat (Reflection)
A Whisker of Light (detail)

 New cases featuring  our collages  currently on display as part of   Looped,   at the State Library Victoria until the 26th of November, 2017

New cases featuring our collages currently on display as part of Looped, at the State Library Victoria until the 26th of November, 2017

Paper Animals, postage free

Dear you, 

Our online store is bursting at its spine with all of our new titles launched at the recent NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair. What's more, we are offering FREE POSTAGE WORLDWIDE until the 10th of May. 

Simply enter the code PAPERANIMALS during checkout. 

For "a coat of feathers [to help you] stay in the air indefinitely," pick up a copy of Winged

For mammals scampering, climbing, purring, add a copy of Limbed featuring thirty-two Salvaged Relatives to your cart. 

Run your fingers through the fine and ordered lines of Pattern, a zine made in collaboration with Deidre Brollo, Marian Crawford, Elaine Haby, and Deborah Klein. 

Marvel at a softness of mice ears, polished steel buttons, hoops, a globe on a desk and other round things in Round, circle, dot

Acquire a song of paper birds, and purchase a copy of the printed edition of Prattle, scoop, trembling

Yours for a song, Winged, Limbed, Pattern-ed, Round-ed and Prattle-d, Yours with sticky tape at the ready, Gracia & Louise XO

Gracia Haby, Limbed, 2017, printed zine

Thank-you

Thank-you to everyone, bright and new, and bright and dear, who swung by our zine stall at this year's Festival of the Photocopier at the Melbourne Town Hall. It was, it is, always a thrill.

Thank-you, Sticky Institute, for another great fair.

You'll find our online store furnished with available titles, should you hanker to fill a gap in your collection.

#FOTP2017 field notes: stall view, 4pm

Preorder an edition of Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds

While the preorder campaign (to assist with the printing costs) has folded its wings, it is still possible to reserve a copy of Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds through our online store.

We will be releasing the book from our stall at this year's NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, where you are welcome to pick up your preordered copies from us (from Friday the 17th to Sunday the 19th of March, 2017).

Digital mock-up of one of five different hand-cut bird inserts

Three new zines

Duck in, duck out; Dove, love, wash; and Flippered and flightless are three new zines by Louise, each an edition of 100, in the tradition of Seasonal Museum Sketches (2016) and Whoot-woo (2015).

All three new titles can be purchased through our online store, which has had a little overhaul of late.

Louise Jennison, Duck in, duck out, 2017, printed zine

Free Postage November

Free postage! Free postage! Zines to Reykavick! Prints to Footscray! All November long, we are offering FREE POSTAGE worldwide on all orders placed through our online store.

Simply enter the code freepostagenov upon checkout.

A pen-and-ink sketch of a fish footman presenting an envelope with the address and postage stamp, on an envelope from Hastings to France 9 August 1881, franked with the 5d. indigo, S.G.K6, tied by the Censing Station Road, Hastings code 'F' squared-circle date stamp, Calais à Ville transit 10 August opposite, Lille date stamp of arrival on the reverse the same day, addressed to Mademoiselle Burnblum in Lille

Performing Arts Collection

Cutting The Collection and Thumb Through
From the Performing Arts Collection blog

One of the most rewarding things about being custodians of this great Collection is seeing the surprising ways in which people engage with history to create new work. The Performing Arts Collection is a valuable resource for students, historians, writers, documentary makers, designers and other arts practitioners seeking to find out more about Australia’s rich performing arts history. Every once in a while someone comes along and re-imagines the Collection in ways we never thought possible.

Artists and avid theatre-goers, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison visited the Research Service earlier this year and found a treasure trove of imagery ripe for digital re-interpretation. The result of their investigations can be found in two new zines, Cutting The Collection and Thumb Through which were recently launched at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria. Gracia speaks eloquently about the thought process behind Cutting The Collection informed by "the ephemeral nature of dance; the thrill of a live performance and the trace it leaves; notions of recording what was, whilst not ever able to capture or document it fully; and the importance of such collections." You can read more about the creative process and development here.

Not content with one remarkable publication, Gracia and Louise hit upon the idea of creating Thumb Through as both a flip book  and as a moving collage which re-energises the static images in new and unexpected ways. Both publications evoke the brilliant, always ephemeral energy captured (but not quite) in the objects left behind after the curtain has come down.

Copies of Cutting the Collection and Thumb Through are available through our online store.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Two costume designs, one with gold trims and pink flowers, and the other with green sash and four strands of beads under the chin, by Attilio Comelli for act two from the musical The Girl From Utah, c.1913, upon a photograph of the stage set for the musical comedy Follow Through, 1930 or 1932, 2016, printed zine

A Collection of Zines

Thank-you

Thank-you to everyone who swung by our stand and leafed through our zines and new work. It was a pleasure to show you our jaguars, giraffes, tigers, and other pressed animals on the page. A real pleasure indeed.

From Dear tails to Whiskers and Bristles, over the coming days, we'll list our nine new zine titles on our online store, for those of you who couldn't make it along.

In the meantime, you can 'turn the pages,' as it were, of our artists' books, The Company You Keep and Closer to Natural.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Closer to Natural, 2016, artists' book

Work in Progress

Recently landed: Work in Progress, a new post on High Up in the Trees (by Gracia)

Four (of nine) new zine titles, Whiskers and Bristles, Closer to Natural, Cutting the Collection, and Thumb Through, ready for the fair

Melbourne Art Book Fair, all set

This time next week, the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Art Book Fair will be in full flight. We hope to see you there!

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Great Hall, NGV, 180 St Kilda Rd.

Friday 29th April
10am–6pm International Symposium on the Future of Design for Publishing (ticketed event)
6–10pm Melbourne Art Book Fair Preview (ticketed event)

Saturday 30th April
10am–8pm Melbourne Art Book Fair (free)

Sunday 1st May
10am–5pm Melbourne Art Book Fair (free)

Melbourne Art Book Fair, 2015

Extended hours for the 2016 Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV

Extended hours for the Melbourne Art Book Fair have just been announced.

On Saturday 30th April, the fair will be open an extra 3 hours, until 8pm. Plenty of time for you to swing by and see our new artists' books and zines, and all the other delights on offer in the Great Hall.

Friday 29th April
10am–6pm Symposium
6–10pm Preview

Saturday 30th April
10am–8pm

Sunday 1st May
10am–5pm