Thursday, June 17, 2010

Crafty Ladies #09 & #10 - Gracia + Louise

As a Friday treat, and thank you kindly for visiting, I am going to introduce you to not one BUT two very talented ladies (and i'm sure you know them well)... Gracia + Louise. These two ladies are also very kindly giving up their time to sew a patch for 'The Crafty Ladies & Gents Quilt'.

Melbourne girls, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison are a duo that work closely together making a range of beautiful creations some of those being; artist books, zines, prints, postcards, pencil cases, cards, journals & dolls. They are widely skilled and make just the most amazing and inspiring work. At my work we have a Gracia + Louise collage hanging up on the wall right in my eye line and I get stuck staring at it. The wild worlds Gracia + Louise create with paper, watercolour and collage really do take you to another place.

Under the name of Hammer & Daisy the two also make the most special dolls and creatures as well as a range of beautiful stationary. Each one hand crafted, each one beautifully individual. They are sewn together with beautiful fabrics, buttons, patches and beads. They are definitely individual little personalities that you would expect to come alive at night (in a whimsical non scary way).

If that's not enough they each have a blog which are very regularly updated. Visit Gracia's blog High Up In The Trees here & Louise's blog Elsewhere here. Then you can visit their website here, and then their shop here.
And they silently steal away (detail), 2005, lithographic offset print
Someone, please... my back is aching. (detail), 2007
collage from the artists' book All the discarded things, mended by Gracia Haby

Something mighty peculiar was afoot but I was hard-pressed to say for certain what it was (II)
, digital collage by Gracia + Louise

Forming new acquaintances at the birthplace of Honoré de Balzac
2009, artists' book by Gracia HabyMy dacha is 13 storeys higher than yours, 2007
watercolour, pencil and collage by Gracia + Louise

Hammer & Daisy dolls & postcards

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