Sprouting wings

Preparing to ink the tail feathers of an edition

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds
Indigo press, perfect bound, 106 page artists' book
Edition of 100

In order to get the printed edition of Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds (2017) off the ground, rather, in order to give it wings, Louise and I have set up a Pozible campaign for preorder copies.

Recently released into the wild, we are humbled by the response so far. The campaign runs until the 31st of January. You are also welcome to make a donation towards the printing costs, from a tiny feathered cheer of $5 to a big feathered cheer of $250, for which you receive a copy of the book as well as the option of having your name credited in the edition.

We plan to go to print in February, and to launch the edition from our stall at the third Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria in March. Yes, suddenly the year, she has sprouted her wings!

Each book will be hand editioned and signed, with only 100 copies ever printed. And to whet your appetite further, twitchers, sky larks, and good sorts, there will be a hand-cut collage component, in reference to An Index box of birds still fluttering (2016).

We cannot wait to see this book inked and bound, and to see it soar to your bookshelves.

Thank-you for your interest, trumpeting, and preorders. This is getting exciting.


The original artists’ book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds (2016), is still on display as part of Birds: Flight paths in Australian art at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until Sunday the 12th of February. We will also be at the gallery talking about this work and our other pieces from 1pm on Sunday the 5th of February.


Image credit: The Eatonville Dispatch, c. 1920, which began in 1916 with a 1908 Chandler & Price Gordon press, Eatonville, WA, Pierce County; photograph courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family