Katie and I recently wrote an article that will be published in the fall issue of Journal of Artist Books vol 36: Artists in their Studios. To read the full article, subscribe to JAB now to get the fall issue.
// Here are a few excerpts from the full article.
Along with Shift-lab, we all have ongoing studio practices with other collaborators that engenders the unique perspectives we bring to Shift-lab. Sarah Bryant recently completed a highly successful Kickstarter (crowd-sourcing fund-raising) for a collaborative project with scientist David Allen to create an artist book, Figure Study, about world populations. Katie is currently working on a Mokuhanga printmaking project with Mariko Jesse and Yoonmi Nam, which will take her to Japan in the fall. Tricia has a new collaborative project, Phonografik Collectivo with Ashley John Pigford and Roman Wilhelm, to create and exchange experimental typographic contemporary translations of the common phonemes (represented by the Phoenician alphabet) of the different languages with seventeen international artists. Denise is finishing off a collaborative innovative artist book and iPad app, Rain/Fall with Meg Mitchell that was awarded an Expanded Artist's Book grant from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts.
// Quotes about our collaborative practices:
“Restrictions are put onto my process that force me to work out problems in different ways. It has been a transformative ingredient in my work lately, and one that is helping me to try new approaches that enrich my solitary work,” Sarah Bryant.
“[in code] was a project designed to reflect a specific moment in time both through capturing tweets and creating the prints together during one day in the studio. I really enjoy working with other makers and in other shops. No matter how many times I have printed, there are always new tricks and tools to discover. We also had student volunteers and various other participants who helped out throughout the day, which added a new dimension to the project. Each iteration of the project was different, and we could never re-create the same environment and people again,” Denise Bookwalter.
“The book is the ideal forum for collaboration; it naturally lends itself to narrative and the merging of word and image. Disparate voices and styles can come together as one cohesive whole,” Macy Chadwick.