The other day I had the pleasure of going to the Museum of Sydney to see the exhibition for Jeannie Baker’s new book, Mirror. For those unfamiliar with Jeannie Baker, she is an Australian artist who creates the most beautiful picture books using collage. Each page of her books is an individual miniature collage that is photographed to create the final page. Her art is exquisite and seeing the collages in real life made me realise the minute detailing that goes into each page.

Mirror is essentially two stories, intended to be read in parallel. One story follows a day in the life of a boy in Sydney, the other, a day in the life of a boy in a village in Morocco. Despite the vast differences in their environment and upbringing, there are many similarities between the boys and aspects of their lives.

Here are some pictures I took from the exhibition (don’t worry – we were allowed to take photographs!) and if you are in Sydney – it’s really worth a visit! The collages are simply stunning.

Spices at the Moroccan markets - the spices are real spices!

Sydney siders will recognise the Anzac bridge and cityscape in the background

Sydney skyline - I apologise for the blurriness!


6 Comments on “Mirror”

  1. Mary says:

    Wow, thanks for the pictures. I’ve used some of her books in the classroom with grade 2 and 3 students, they are fantastic. It’s a shame that i’m in Melbourne, I would love to see this exhibition.

    • Mary, I use her books with my high school students as well – they are wonderful!! And you’re in luck – the exhibition will be at the Melbourne museum from 5th November 2010 until 13th Feb 2011 πŸ™‚

  2. Gorgeous! Real spices – wow! It makes me miss Morocco πŸ™‚ thanks for showing these pictures.
    Heidi xo

  3. wow – they look wonderful!

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