Posts tagged Closer to Natural
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

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

After Novice comes...

Recently landed: After Novice comes..., a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia)

At the Lenton Parr library, talking about our artists' books and working processes, as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week (Image credit: Susan Millard)

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
5–6.30pm
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

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