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Looped opens in the Dome, State Library Victoria blog

Looped opens in the Dome
State Library Victoria blog
The Dome was already one of the most beautiful rooms in Melbourne and now it’s even more so. Looped: artist books in the round, our new display by artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, opened on 4 August in the La Trobe Reading Room. Gracia and Louise have turned the cabinet cases around the Reading Room’s dais into pages in a story. They’ve created five artist books that, through collage and the written word, tell a complete tale. It’ll be on display in the La Trobe Reading Room until 26 November. To celebrate the display, Gracia and Louise took over our Instagram account on 4 August to introduce themselves and share their work.

Installing Looped in the La Trobe Reading Room, SLV, early in the morning

The Cold War in Australia, and the anarchic world of zines, on The Conversation Hour

Our artists' book, A Deck of Salvaged Relatives, will be exhibited as part of Self-made: Zines and Artist Books in the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery at the State Library Victoria, from the 11th of August through until the 12th of November, 2017. And on Thursday, Louise was on the radio with Monica Syrette talking about zines and artists' books.

Listen to The Cold War in Australia, and the anarchic world of zines, on The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Jon Faine's co-host is Emily Sexton, who is the Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Festival, and The City of Melbourne have joined forces to present The Festival of Questions at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 15th October, 2017.

Their first guests, Mark Aarons and John Grenville, have collaborated on the new book The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement (Scribe). Mark Aarons is a journalist and author, who was once a member of the Communist Party of Australia. He's a former ABC Radio National reporter, was the founding EP of Background Briefing, and went on to work as an advisor to NSW Premier Bob Carr. Mark's books include The Family File and War Criminals Welcome. John Grenville is an industrial advocate, who was once a member of the National Civic Council (The Movement). He's a former Federal Secretary of the Federated Clerks Union, and was Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council.

Then they are joined by Monica Syrette and Louise Jennison. Monica is a curator at the State Library of Victoria, and has put together the show Self-made: Zines and Artist Books which features work by Louise. Louise works with Gracia Haby as Gracia & Louise. The exhibition Self-made: zines and artist books is on at the State Library Victoria from 11th August to 12th November, 2017, and will then tour to the Mildura Arts Centre, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed Regional Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, and Latrobe Regional Gallery through 2018 and 2019.

Duration: 1hr
Broadcast: Thursday 27th July, 2017, 11:00am

Self-Made zines and artist books, coming soon to the library

ABC Melbourne

We are looking forward to having our artists' books and zines included in Self-made: Zines and Artist Books at the State Library Victoria this August. And today, Louise will be a guest on Jon Faine's The Conversation Hour with exhibition curator Monica Syrette, at 11am.

Tune in to ABC Radio Melbourne, to hear her talk about Salvaged Relatives, why we love zines, and the link between artists' books and those printed on the photocopier.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015, artists' book

In the gallery

We will be talking about our artists' book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds (2016), at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from 1pm on Sunday the 5th of February, 2017. Penny Byrne and Stu James will also be discussing their works within the current exhibition, Birds: Flight paths in Australian art.

We hope to see you there.

Milly Sleeping: Quick Interview with Gracia Haby of Gracia & Louise
Our final interview for the holiday period evolved into a 'true or false' quiz for Melbourne-based artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, AKA Gracia & Louise. Together and independently (but most often together, and most often with a four-legged friend or two), G + L are very prolific makers, doers, dreamers — delightful to follow on the gram. Kind thanks to Gracia for taking the time to write, and to both she and Louise — for always being willing partners to our projects and flights of fancy.

Installing our artists' book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, at MPRG

Vocation, calling, métier, niche

Along with fellow alumni, Vincent Fantauzzo, Nicola Gunn, Katie Collins, Kieren Seymour, and Xanthe Dobbie, we were invited to take part in 'Developing your career in art: Being enterprise ready,' presented by the School of Art in collaboration with Careers and Employability, at Storey Hall, RMIT.

To illustrate our words and thoughts, we created two screen recordings, 'Digital portfolio strategies and examples' and 'Developing a niche market as an artist outside the established systems,' in advance, especially for RMIT School of Art students.

And you, too, can now see them, should they be of interest.

Earlier, installing Salvaged Relatives both drawn and collaged in the windows of Obus (Cathedral Arcade) and the Collected Works bookstore (Nicholas Building), as part of BLINDSIDE's On the Verge festival, 2016

Artists Book Maker Series

We invite you to join us for our talk, Artists Book Maker Series: Artists' books holding us in their palm, presented by Special Collections and Lenton Parr Library, as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Artists Book Maker Series: Artists' books holding us in their palm
"The flexible medium of the book holds us in its palm rather than us holding the book in our own palms"

In this showing Gracia & Louise will be explaining to students and the public their working process and the steps they take to promote and archive their work. They will show works from the University of Melbourne collection as well as a range of current zine titles.

This event is part of Melbourne Rare Book Week
Wednesday the 20th July, 2016
Lenton Parr Library, level 1 Arts HUB
VCA Southbank Campus, 234 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Free event
Registrations required

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

Contemporary book design: panel discussion at the State Library Victoria

Contemporary book design: panel discussion, chaired by Oslo Davis, at the State Library of Victoria this Wednesday lunchtime (+ us two).

Wednesday the 13th May, 2015
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library Victoria
Presented as part of Melbourne International Design Week

Hear experts discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design. Our exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum (from 20 March to 14 June) explores some of the world's finest examples of book design from across the ages. This panel of experts will discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design and the multitude of messages that a design can convey. Perfect for designers and design-lovers alike.

Oslo Davis (chair) 
Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist who has drawn for publications worldwide, including the New York Times, The Age, the Guardian and National Gallery of Victoria.

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison 
Melbourne artists Gracia & Louise collaborate creatively to create whimsical collage, paper art and artists’ books.

Stuart Geddes 
Designer and academic Stuart Geddes runs Melbourne design studio Chase & Galley and has an impressive reputation for his unique design and font work in print publications.

Radovan Jenko 
Radovan Jenko is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and professor. In 2003, he helped found Slovakia’s Brumen Foundation, an institution for promoting visual communications.

Flavia Cocchi 
Working with design greats Werner Jeker and Benetton’s Massimo Vignelli early in her career, Flavia Cocchi went on to design for cultural institutions, artists and architects across Europe, including the Louvre.

A Double-barred finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) from Louise Jennison's new zine, A Charm of Finches, created especially for the NGV's Art Book Fair and soon to be listed in our online store

PhotoBook Melbourne

The ‘Other’ Photobook Forum: Artists’ Books, Zines and the Photobook

The rise of the photobook has created a re-writing of the history of photography. Another history of photography and the book can be found in the artists’ books and zines. This forum is curated with the intention of bringing together key stakeholders from these ‘other’ photobook disciplines to discuss and provide commentary on the photo in the book. The forum and the dialogue it creates will serve to place the photobook within a wider creative context.

The forums’ convener is Dr Doug Spowart, artist and researcher. Contributors include:

Dr Lyn Ashby
is a book artist living and working in Melbourne

Des Cowley
History of the Book Manager, State Library Victoria

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison
artists’ book and zine makers

Georgia Hutchison
artist, designer and educator

Peter Lyssiotis
artists’ book photomonteur

Friday 20 February
6pm – 7.30pm

Photography Studies College
65 City Road, Southbank