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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 Bryceall 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 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.
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► 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.