THE KINGDOM OF THE BLUE POPPY
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
The Kingdom of the Blue Poppy— as made for Sinclare
Artists’ book, single color offset print hand colored with watercolor, pencil and glitter on Magnani cotton 300gsm paper
6cm X 8cm, bound in silk by Peter Stewart-Warmington, with a magnifying lens by Herbert Groiss on a strand of glass beads
Printed by Hart Printing
Edition of 10
Guy May Bonsai, 222 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy
6 – 7.30pm
Thursday 26th of July, 2001
The Kingdom of the Blue Poppy — as made for Sinclare, is our smallest artists’ book to date and was launched alongside The ermines tea party — One weekend, our largest book, at a small bonsai nursery in North Fitzroy. Inside its pages you will find a colony of nesting flamingos, a colossal octopus, various corals, and even the mermaid of Gollerus. The somewhat artificial Kingdom of the Blue Poppy whilst small in size is actually very crowded. (The name in the title refers to the mouse who we believe resided behind our oven at the time this work was made.)
The Kingdom of the Blue Poppy — as made for Sinclare was generously assisted by Herbert Groiss Optical, Wantirna South. Herbert Groiss handmade the ten incredibly small magnifying lenses for this particular edition.
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 New South Wales, the State Library of Victoria, and RMIT Library.