Using paper as their primary medium, Hammer and Daisy - aka Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison make limited edition artists' books, lithographic offset prints, zines and the like, and have been doing so for many years now. Based in Melbourne, and working from home, and they are often to be found up late tinkering on some project.
Every single element of their handmade journals, pouches, pencil cases and owls, is handmade. They fold by hand the paper of every concertina journal and the holes along the spine of every square knot are individually punched, one page at a time. The covers are cut from various fabrics, ironed and glued, ready to be assembled at a later date and the small brass wires that rest in each saddle section are hand bent to form tiny right angles. The spine of each each square knot journal is made up by a series of knots, with a single A4 journal requiring 168 square knots.
Gracia and Louise often use quilting fabrics from the UK and US, including reprinted vintage designs from the 30's and 40's with their familiar and beautiful muted colours, and Japanese kimonos for their wide sleeves and their penchant for a handsome, decorative lining. They love combining new fabrics with old finds, ensuring that each and every piece is unique.
Recently, G&L have branched out and added a handful of greeting cards to the hammer & daisy lineup. They have six different greeting card and four postcard designs currently available, suitable to be sent as a festive greeting, to share a little love, to wish someone well or to send by way of apology. All are full colour offset print on a smooth, matte finish, heavy weight stock with a matching self adhesive white envelope.