THIS MORNING I WENT INTO THE GARDEN

 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
This morning I went into the garden
2000
Artists’ book
Single color offset print hand colored with watercolor and pencil on recycled 200gsm paper, with jewellers tissue 70gsm paper
13.5cm X 15.5cm, bound in three different tones of emu leather by Peter Stewart-Warmington, with colored leatherettes on cover
Printed by Hart Printing
Edition of 10

 
 

Launched
From our home in North Fitzroy
between 6 – 8pm
in the year 2000 (month unsure)

This is the beginning of it all.

The small and varied ‘leatherettes’ which feature on the cover of all ten in this edition were found in a secondhand bookstore in New Zealand and were, in strange way, the original inspiration behind this series of artists’ books. The leatherettes had been designed to be adhered to lamp shades and cigarette boxes and gowns; or, in our case, small books. The leatherettes ranged from golden elephants through to inky-hued rabbits and blue hens.

The artists’ books in this edition are covered in black, ochre and cherry-red emu leather, selected for the delicious peck marks and imperfections visible across the surface.

This book was exhibited as part of Global Fusion (2002), Kunstraum Palais Porcia, Vienna, and the Second Freedman Foundation Exhibition (2003), Sir Hermann Black Gallery, NSW. Editions of this book are in the collections of the State Library of Victoria, and RMIT Library.

 

NAO FALO PORTUGUESE

 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Nao falo Portuguese
2000
Artists’ book, single color offset print hand colored with watercolor and pencil on Magnani PESCIA 2021/P 100% cotton 300gsm paper, with Japanese lace 25gsm paper and colored tracing 80gsm paper
13cm X 21cm, bound in vintage fabrics by Peter Stewart-Warmington
Printed by Hart Printing
Edition of 10

 
 

Launched
Portuguese Consulate, 846 Toorak Road, Hawthorn East
6 – 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th of February, 2001

With thanks to the generosity and kindness of Dr. Carlos Pereira de Lemos, the artists’ book, Nao falo Portuguese, was launched at the Portuguese Consulate, Toorak Road, Hawthorn East (from his lounge room).

Each cover from this edition of ten varied, sometimes slightly, sometimes a great deal. Some came in patterned green silk with an indigo section running along the spine whilst others were bound using a heavy-weight linen littered with large ochre-hued blooms. The title for this book loosely translates as ‘'I don’t speak Portuguese’, and sadly, to this day, neither of us do.

It was later exhibited as part of Global Fusion (2002) Kunstraum Palais Porcia, Vienna, and the Second Freedman Foundation Exhibition (2003), Sir Hermann Black Gallery, NSW. Editions of this book are in the collections of the State Library of Victoria, Monash University Library, and RMIT Library.

 
 

TWO ARTISTS’ BOOKS From series of six, 2000–2001:
This morning I went into the garden
Nao falo Portuguese
The ermines tea party — One weekend
The Kingdom of the Blue Poppy — as made for Sinclare
101 ways to get to your favoured destination
Snug as a bug in a rug