Posts tagged State Library of Victoria
Looped, into infinity

Our exhibition, Looped, loops into infinity. Hurrah!

Our stone cats and a netsuke mouse have been minding their Ps and Qs since August 2017, and we are delighted that our #GraciaLouiseLooped inhabitants, like those within A warmed pebble in my hand, are staying in the dome dais indefinitely.

Thank-you State Library Victoria.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A warmed pebble in my hand, an artists’ book on display as part of Looped, in the La Trobe Reading Room of State Library of Victoria

“In a little yellow house with green door and shutters”

Recently landed: "In a little yellow house with green door and shutters", a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 3, in Amsterdam, post French Connections

And so we walked and walked the curves of Amsterdam, before ending up at a market where we feasted on a potato and spinach gözleme made over a griddle with the second nature swiftness and assurance of hand like a bird on the wing

And so we walked and walked the curves of Amsterdam, before ending up at a market where we feasted on a potato and spinach gözleme made over a griddle with the second nature swiftness and assurance of hand like a bird on the wing

The Blue Notebook

Subscribe to The Blue Notebook: Journal for artists’ books, published by Wild Conversations Press, edited by Sarah Bodman, UWE, Bristol, UK, to read our invited contribution, and other tales by other folk. Inside Volume 12, No. 2 Spring – Summer 2018 (pp. 6–14), you’ll find us talking about our artists’ books within Looped, at State Library Victoria.

Head to Book Arts to subscribe (hard copy and digital).

Looped , presented in partnership with State Library Victoria, in the La Trobe reading room until Friday 31st of August, 2018

Looped, presented in partnership with State Library Victoria, in the La Trobe reading room until Friday 31st of August, 2018

World of the book

Happy to chance across three of our zines from 2010, A folded drawing of a Sulphur-crested cockatoo, Views in my pocket, and We are dreaming of the sea, on display at State Library Victoria as part of their permanent exhibition, World of the book.

To define a zine is to delve into the do-it-yourself culture of self-publishing and self-expression. The term ‘zine’ originated in the science-fiction ‘fanzines’ of the 1930s, and now encompasses any non-commercial, non-professional, short-run publication that seeks to be defined as a zine. They can be traded, sold, gifted or collected, while remaining ephemeral at the same time. The Library has over 15,000 zines, making it the largest public collection in Australia.

Assorted zines from multiple authors, from the library’s Rare Books Collection

Assorted zines from multiple authors, from the library’s Rare Books Collection

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

La Trobe Reading Room

Recently landed: La Trobe Reading Room, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes you beneath the glass of Looped

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Looped, State Library Victoria, 2017

Looped downloadable zine

If you cannot swing by the library to collect our free zine, you can now download our Looped zine, which includes the text, A whisker lighter, and a complete list of works (16 page pdf).

Looped
Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria
Until Sunday 26th of November, 2017
La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison,   Looped  , State Library Victoria, 2017

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Looped, State Library Victoria, 2017

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

Sticky Institute and State Library Victoria present: Tonerpalooza II zine fair

Sticky Institute’s zine fair Tonerpalooza returns to State Library Victoria with a hundred zine stalls across the weekend. And we'll be there on the Sunday with a stall full of new and existing titles.

Tonerpalooza II is taking place in the Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery to accompany the exhibition Self-made: Zines and Artist Books (in the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery).

10am–4pm
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th of September, 2017
Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery
State Library Victoria

See you there.

Rachel Ang, Tonerpalooza II poster, 2017

Tonerpalooza II

State Library Victoria and Sticky Institute present Tonerpalooza II, a zine fair to accompany the library's new exhibition, Self-made: Zines and Artist books.

10am–4pm
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th of September, 2017
Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery
State Library Victoria

Louise, in flight, Tonerpalooza, 2014 (image source: SLV 'What's on')

Self-made: Zines and Artist Books, State Library Victoria

Our artists' book, A Deck of Salvaged Relatives, and two accompanying zines, are currently on display as part of Self-made: Zines and Artist Books in the Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery at the State Library Victoria, until the 12th of November, 2017.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, A Deck of Salvaged Relatives (detail), 2015, artists' book

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

Looped, in the La Trobe Reading Room

We have turned State Library Victoria's dais in the heart of the Dome Reading Room into an artists' book. Not a book you hold in your palm, but a book that you walk around. One foot, after the other — left, right, left, right — turning the cabinet pages with your feet.

Treating each cabinet as a page, we are exhibiting five new artists' books upon large-scale collages, weaving a fable beneath glass.

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Looped
Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria
Friday 4th of August – Sunday 26th of November, 2017
La Trobe Reading Room
State Library Victoria

Come and see.

Nestled under #GraciaLouiseLooped, you can see how it all came together, from working table to early August's install.
 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Looped, La Trobe Reading Room, State Library of Victoria, 2017

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