Gracia Haby
A vagary of impediments & a sneak of weasels
May, 2009
Digital printed zine
Edition of 60


A 10.5cm X 15cm, 52 page colour and B&W zine with a pale-lilac cover and light-grey card spine, with a cardboard backing. Featuring 24 original collages (in both colour and B&W) and listing 140 collective nouns, this zine includes visual responses to a diligence of messengers, a catch of fish, an embarrassment of riches, a ticktock of clocks, a prickle of hedgehogs, a muster of soldiers, a volery of birds, a spring of seals, a colony of fungi and, of course, a vagary of impediments and a sneak of weasels.

Inspiration drawn from the collective nouns and their exploration on A skulk of foxes & a husk of hares (2008–2012), a blog responding to collective nouns.


This zine was included in the box set, ...and then there were none (edition of three artists' proofs, compiled 2011), made especially for the IMPACT7 2011 zine fair co-ordinated by Anna Poletti at MUMA. The three sets of artists' proofs were of a loose trio of zines that won the 2010 Artspace Mackay Inaugural Zine Prize, as part of the 2010 Libris Awards.

...and then there were none included:
Tumble & Fall (2009)
A vagary of impediments & a sneak of weasels (2009)
Postcards from... But for the moon nobody could see us (2008)

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A spring of seals and other details