Current Issue: JAB39 | Spring 2016

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JAB39: The Australian JAB

The cover of JAB39 was conceived by Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson and printed at Plumb Letterpress by Nick Summers, Sue Anderson, and Gwen Harrison in Sydney. The image on the cover was made from an original etching from Gwen and Sue’s artists’ book Howl for a Black Cockatoo. The etching was photographed then digitally converted to line. A new drawing was added for the second colour, and two polymer plates were made and printed in relief.

A soft tonal effect was achieved during the printing process. Nick’s idea here being tested for the first time. The smaller text is part of the prose poetry by Peter Lyssiotis written for Sue and Gwen’s artists’ book
Dancing over Dark Waters.

The large red wood type, “The Sheilas… ” was a sling barb from a popular right wing shock jock. He was referring to the very few women in high office at the time, most particularly the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The other two women included Marie Bashir, whose title is The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, and the Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce—all of these women were remarkable people.

Ruby Figueroa and Woody Leslie designed and letterpress printed the inside cover using the pressure print method at the Center for Book, Paper, & Print, Columbia College Chicago.


JAB39 Table of Contents

  • Notes on Artists’ Books from the Antipodes
    by Tom Mosely
  • ABBE: Artists’ Book Brisbane Event
    by Sarah Bodman
  • Coming to Our Senses with a Modern Mythic Form: Postliteracy in Artistsbooks
    by Lyn Ashby
  • Designing with/for/through the Existing:
    Artists’ Books and Documentation
    by Marian Macken
  • The News and the Book
    by Marian Crawford
  • Machine Translations:
    Poets, Poetics and the Artists’ Book
    by Caren Florance
  • The Equal Standard Broadzine:
    Using Artworks to Expand the Audience and Language of Social and Political Critique
    by Gabriella Wilson
  • Report from a Border: Text and Typography in Australian Artists’ Books
    by Angela Gardner and Kerry Kilner
  • The Grafted Image
    by Dr. Victoria Cooper
  • The Haptic and the Emerging Critical Discourse on Artists’ Books
    by Tom Mosely
  • Fumbling Hands and Phantom Limbs:
    The Photograph, the Hand, and the Artists’ Book
    by Deidre Brollo
  • Climbing Discourse: The Legacy of Touch
    by Bridget Hillebrand
  • Interview with Karen Hanmer
    by Woody Leslie
  • Book Review: The Art of Collaboration
    by Megan N. Liberty
    reviewed by Jasmine Clark, Ruby Figueroa, Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, and Julie Nauman-Mikulski
  • INSIDE BACK COVER: Three Artists’ Books:
    Wall to Wall, by Lyn Ashby

    hemmed, by Deidre Brollo
    directed smooth space, by Tim Mosely


JAB39 was offset printed on the Heidelberg GTO52 (ein farben) at the Center for Book, Paper and Print, Columbia College Chicago by Mary Clare Butler, Ruby Figueroa, and Woody Leslie under the mentorship of Brad Freeman. Butler, Figueroa, and Leslie are Print Production Fellows and graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA. Butler designed the layout. The body text is set in Harriet, and the headlines are set in Cholla. The paper is Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite smooth 28 lb. writing for the text and 80 lb. cover.
Thanks as always to our intrepid webmaster Kathi Beste, and her Sunshine Band.

JAB (The Journal of Artists’ Books) is indexed in The H.W. Wilson Company, Art Abstracts, CSA’s ARTbibliographies Modern, and in Bibliography of the History of Art.