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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

Paw Pad Path on display

There is still time to see our artists' book, Paw Pad Path, on display as part of the 2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize at Artspace Mackay. The exhibition, which opened on Saturday the 26th of May, runs until Sunday the 19th of August, 2018.

Artspace Mackay, Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Queensland

Artspace Mackay

The space between our understanding of the world and how a fox (in a painting) sees the world is vast, but this is what we were thinking, dreaming, scratching, sniffing, living as we worked on our most recent artists' book, Paw Pad Path (2018). It is of the earth as much as of the canvas and of history. And we are delighted that Paw Pad Path has been selected for the forthcoming 2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize exhibition at Artspace Mackay.

2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize
Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Queensland
Saturday 26th May – Sunday 19th August, 2018

The Libris Awards is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council through Artspace Mackay. The awards seek to develop awareness of the council’s significant collection of artists' books, and to develop the collection further through the acquisition of new works by leading Australian artists working in the field.

Our artists’ book,  Paw Pad Path ,  is set to travel to Artspace Mackay  to be exhibited as part of the  2018 Libris Awards , and we are thrilled

Our artists’ book, Paw Pad Path, is set to travel to Artspace Mackay to be exhibited as part of the 2018 Libris Awards, and we are thrilled

Prattling in Mackay

Delighted to chance upon our birds in our artists' book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, in a promotion for Artspace Mackay's "diverse collection of artists' books," which you can "enjoy in the Tate Adams Reading Pod, a purpose-built space for visitors to have unprecedented access to the collection" (in the latest Art Guide).

Turn the page. Get up close, and enjoy.

Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street
Mackay, Queensland

In the library, a herd of Superb fairy-wrens

Recently landed: In the library, a herd of Superb fairy-wrens, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) calls Prattle scoop trembling: a flutter of Australian birds all done and dusted

Fifty pages, all at once, our birds in the State Library of Victoria

Good news

We are delighted that our artists' book, Closer to Natural, currently being exhibited as part of the 2016 Libris Awards, has been acquired by Artspace Mackay. The exhibition runs until the 16th of October, 2016.

Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Mackay, Queensland

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

2016 Libris Awards: Australian Artists Book Prize

Good news! We're thrilled that our artists' book, Closer to Natural (2016), has been selected to be part of the 2016 Libris Awards: Australian Artists Book Prize, at Artspace Mackay. The exhibition will run from the 27th of August through until the 16th of October, 2016.

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