Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Salvaged Relatives, edition I
Artists' book, unique state, featuring 21 individual collages on cabinet cards with pencil and paint additions (by Gracia Haby)
Housed in a three-colour cloth Solander box (bound by Louise Jennison) with inlaid collage, In the borrowed headdress of a seahorse from Sadko (c. 1916)


Salvaged Relatives notes, titles, and references (11 page pdf)
Salvaged Relatives, written accompaniment by Gracia Haby, 2015
Salvaged Relatives: New work by Gracia + Louise, review by Alice Cannon, for the Book Arts Newsletter, UK, 2015

Salvaged Relatives, edition I, is in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.

Sporting costumes from the Ballet Russes, including Nijinsky’s Blue God tunic modified and a Eunuch’s embroidered silk and velvet sensation from Shéhérazade, all three editions were recently launched as part of a One Night Only viewing on Wednesday the 11th of February, 2015, at Milly Sleeping in Carlton.


1. In the borrowed costume for a lady-in-waiting, c. 1921, designed by Léon Bakst, with a Piapiac (Ptilostomus afer)
2. In the borrowed costume for a squid from Sadko, designed by Natalia Goncharova, c. 1916
3. In the headdress of Shah Shahriar from Shéhérazade, 1910–30s, with a Jungle runner (Ameiva ameiva)
4. Fashioned as a necktie, a modified costume for a slave or dancing girl from Cleopatra, 1909, with a Rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri)
5. In the borrowed costume for an Ivan, c. 1922, designed by Natalia Goncharova, from Aurora’s Wedding, with a Golden cat (Felis aurata)
6. In the borrowed costume for Queen Thamar, c. 1912, with a House mouse (Mus musculus) and a Marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) tucked under the arm
7. In the headdress of a Maiden from The Rite of Spring, 1913, with an Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)
8. In the borrowed costume for a Court Lady in Francesca da Rimini, c. 1937, with an Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus)
9. In the borrowed costume for a Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov for Diaghilev’s Saison Russes, c. 1908, with a three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
10. In the borrowed costume of Prince Charming from The Sleeping Princess, c. 1921, with a Black-bearded saki (Chiropotes satanas)
11. In the borrowed costume for a Prince, with ‘essence d’orient pearls’ from Sadko, c. 1916, with a Red fish (Sebastes marinus)
12. In the borrowed costume worn by Doris Faithful as the Sea Princess from Sadko, after Natalia Goncharova, 1916
13. In the borrowed costume for a slave or dancing girl, designed by Sonia Delaunay, 1918, with a Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebes)
14. In the modified headdress for the Mandarin from The song of the nightingale, after Henri Matisse, 1920, with an aardvark (Orycteropus afer)
15. In the borrowed costume for a Polovtsian Warrior from Prince Igor, c. 1909, with a Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
16. In the borrowed costume for a spirit of the hours from Le Pavillon d’Armide, c. 1909, designed by Alexandre Benois, with a Flying fish (Exocetus volitans)
17. In the borrowed costume of a Polovtsian Warrior, 1909–37, designed by Nicholas Roerich, with an Australian rainbowfish (Melanotaenia fluviatilis) and a Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta)
18. In the borrowed costume for a peasant woman from Le Coq d’or, c. 1937, with a Red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa)
19. In the borrowed costume of the Chief Eunich from Schéhérazade, designed by Léon Bakst, c. 1910, with a Red spurfowl (Galloperdix spadicea)
20. In the borrowed costume for the Huzzar, c. 1933, from Massine’s Le Beau Danube, with a Himalayan snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis)


Thank-you to Victor Griss of Counihan Gallery for enquiring as to the whereabouts of the In Your Dreams (2014) collages; Jurate Sasnaitis for asking when our next artists’ book launch might be; Susan Millard of the Baillieu Library for showing us the Ballet Russes treasures within the Melbourne University collection; Des Cowley for his encouragement with written word wrangling; Georgia Cribb for her kind morale-boosting; Janette and Leah Muddle of Milly Sleeping for their supreme generosity and hosting expertise; and our parents, Elaine and Peter Haby, Susan and John Jennison, for their love and constant support, always.