Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Salvaged Relatives, edition III
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 (by Louise Jennison) with inlaid collage, In the borrowed costume of a Polovtsian warrior (Prince Igor c. 1909–37)


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

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.

Salvaged Relatives, edition III, is in the Moreland Art Collection.


1. In a borrowed cape, designed by Léon Bakst from Papillions, c. 1914
2. In the modified tunic of the Blue God, c. 1912, designed by Léon Bakst, with a Monk saki (Pithecia monachus)
3. In the borrowed costume for Lezghin, c. 1912, from Thamar
4. In the borrowed costume worn by Alice Nikitina as Flore from Zéphire et Flore, after Georges Braque, 1925, with a Cream-coloured courser (Cursorius cursor)
5. In a borrowed costume from The Firebird, designed by Natalia Goncharova, c. 1926, with an endangered Peralta giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta)
6. In the borrowed costume of an unspecified character from Pulcinella, 1932, designed by Giorgio de Chirico, with a Rufous-tailed plantcutter (Phytotoma rara)
7. In a modified costume from a Maiden from Vaslav Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring, c. 1913, with a Plate-billed mountain toucan (Andigena laminirostris)
8. In the borrowed costume for a Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov for Diaghilev’s Saison Russes, c. 1908, with an Eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunni)
9. In the headdress of a Maiden from The Rite of Spring, 1913, with a Greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis) and a pair of Star finches (Neochmia ruficauda)
10. In a borrowed crown from Sadko, with a Grey treefrog (Hyla versicolor)
11. In the backwards costume for the Buffoon, 1921, after Mikhail Larinov, with a Curl-crested aracari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii)
12. In the modified costume for the Prince in L’Oiseau d’Or from Le Festin, c. 1909, with a Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) and a North African gerbil (Dipodillus campestris)
13. In the modified costume for a Little God from Le Dieu bleu with a brass headdress, 1912, with an Indri (Indri indri)
14. In the borrowed costume for Petrouchka, designed by Alexandre Benois, c. 1911, with a Mountain tree shrew (Tupaia montana) and a Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis)
15. In the modified robe (no longer with ermine tails as decoration) for King Dodon from Le Coq d’or, c. 1937, designed by Natalia Goncharova
16. In the modified costume for a Young Man, designed by Giorgio de Chirico, c. 1929, with a Harpy fruit bat (Harpyionycteris whiteheadi)
17. After Henri Matisse, in the borrowed costume for a Courtier from The song of the nightingale, 1920, with gold studs, paint, satin, and braid
18. After David Hockney, in the borrowed costume for the Bonze from The Nightingale, 1982, with crêpe, lamé, a Greater glider (Petauroides volans) and a Blue parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus)
19. In the borrowed costume for an attendant of Köstchei from The firebird, 1910, designed by Aleksandr Golovin and Léon Bakst, with a Short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica)
20. In the borrowed costume for Shah Zeman from Schéhérazade, 1910–30s, with a Swallow-tanagier (Tersina viridis)


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.