Posts tagged cartes de visite
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

Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria

We're thrilled to have our zines and artists' book included in the forthcoming exhibition, Self-made: Zines and Artist Books. Read Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria to discover more.

Developed in partnership with The Sticky Institute, Self-made will display rarely-seen material from the Library’s collection of artist books and its zine collection — the largest and most comprehensive in Australia. Exhibition curator Monica Syrette said Self-made will take visitors on a journey through the colourful and sometimes controversial evolution of self-publishing.

"The history of zine-making and self-publishing is inextricably linked to influential counter-cultural movements and social activism. What we’re displaying — items like sci-fi zines from the 1940s, punk zines from the seventies and contemporary feminist zines — are all reflections of the political and cultural movements of the time. The artist books in Self-made were also ground-breaking, designed to circumvent the commercial gallery system and make art easily available to all."

The exhibition features works by leading international artists including Swiss German artist, Dieter Roth; Pop Art influenced American artist, Ed Ruscha; pioneering conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and renowned Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker, Robert Jacks; alongside works by contemporary artists and zine-makers. More than 170 works will be on display, including a dedicated reading lounge, revealing the breadth and beauty of artist books and zines.

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

A Souvenir of Paris

A Souvenir of Paris (2017) is a commissioned, one-of-a-kind Parisian memory folded into a concertina artists' book, which we recently had the good fortune to work on. Six-pages in length, we created a collaged version of the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes upon the page, featuring an original plate from Roemer's Genera Insectorum and Grandville's Les Fleurs Animées. The artists' book is now in private collection (and much loved, we hear).

A Souvenir of Paris, as it took shape, on the working table

Extended exhibition dates

Our 74 drawings, prints, collages, and a knot of books, as part of Here, there, will be catching reflections for your amusement until the morning of Tuesday the 22nd of November. Catch them before the circus is peeled and packed away at Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, 84 Smith Street, Collingwood.

Here, there in the window a little while longer

Here, there, in the window

74 collages on cartes de visite, drawings with gold and silver edges, and a wood engraving can be found pressed to the glass until Thursday the 17th of November.

Here, there
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
in the window of
Port Jackson Press Print Gallery
84 Smith Street, Collingwood

Yesterday, installing our pieces in the window and  catching reflections

Yesterday, installing our pieces in the window and catching reflections

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


As two windows come down (farewell, On the Verge Festival in Obus and Collected Works, you were great), a vitrine of collages and drawings for Betwixt fleshes out its form, as part of the forthcoming Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia.

(In addition to our part in Betwixt, we will also be conducting a kids' workshop inspired by The Seven Ravens.)

A twin entity! A double life, sprung “from matter and light, envinced in solid and shade,”[1] our Salvaged Relatives, collaged and drawn, toss gauzy film over the certainty of your consciousness.

A shadow, rendered, of a life imagined; or is that the other way around? In a game of Chicken and Egg, call and response, surely, the drawings echo the collages on cartes de visite. And were they to be “separated from one another by the whole length of the building… [the] distance between [them would] seem monstrous… as is they had taken half [their] bodies away. [They would lose their] sense of balance… feel dizzy… fall.”[2]

Creeping through these unknown time-eaten spaces, memories splinter; with nature as your theatrical backcloth, you’d do well to borrow a stained costume from the Ballet Russe, while things reconfigure.

My tail, Léon Bakst, what do I do with it in this lonely place “newly with grass o’ergrown”?[3]

[1] Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Silence (a sonnet),’ version published in The Raven and Other Poems, 1845
[2] Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook Trilogy, (Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2016), p.23
[3] Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Silence (a sonnet)’

Hide and Seek

Recently landed: Hide and Seek, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes a look at our work installed in the windows of Obus and Collected Works as part of BLINDSIDE's On the Verge festival

On the Verge

Our works on paper are set to play a game of hide and seek as part of BLINDSIDE's forthcoming On the Verge festival.

Our work will be hiding at Collected Works (Level 1) and Obus (Ground Floor, Cathedral Arcade) in the Nicholas Building from the 24th of August through until the 3rd of September, 2016.

BLINDSIDE's 2016 festival guide (pdf)

Opening Night Drinks
Thursday the 25th of August
Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Walk the Verge
Saturday the 27th of August
Meeting at BLINDSIDE Gallery

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)


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

Animal Instinct

You're invited to Animal Instinct, a group exhibition at Metropolis Gallery

Animal Instinct
Anita Barrett, Dean Bowen, Jazmina Cininas, Rona Green, Bridget Farmer, Lucy Hardie, Gracia Haby + Louise Jennison, Sheridan Jones, Kyoko Imazu, Adrian Lockhart, John Ryrie, Judi Singleton, Jess Szigethy-Gyula, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Deborah Williams, Gail Willoughby

Metropolis Gallery
64 Ryrie Street, Geelong, Victoria

Saturday the 5th of March – Saturday 19th March

In the borrowed evening jacket inspired by the heavens, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, c. 1937, with an American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) and Closer to natural (American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)), created especially for Animal Instinct