Shift-lab, “Shift”

Shift, A set of artists books housed in a clamshell box. Each book was designed, printed and bound by members of the Shift-lab collective. Processes include: letterpress, woodblock, intaglio, and screenprinting.

Detail view of Shift: A Shift in Position, letterpress,

Detail view of Shift: 1825 – 1862 – 1918, letterpress, woodblock & screenprint

Detail view of Shift: A Shift In Perspective, letterpress & intaglio

Detail view of Shift: Redirecting Shift, letterpress


Shift-lab: Katie Baldwin (Huntsville, AL), Denise Bookwalter (Tallahassee, FL), Sarah Bryant (Brighton, England), Macy Chadwick (Oakland, CA) and Tricia Treacy (Boone, NC)

intaglio, letterpress, woodblock and screenprint
Edition of 20
40 pages
6 x 8 x 3″ open
6 x 4 x 3″ closed

Shift-lab is a collective of five artists that collaborate regularly on projects but also maintain individual studio practices. The artists are Katie Baldwin from Huntsville, Alabama; Denise Bookwalter from Tallahassee, Florida; Sarah Bryant from Brighton, UK; Macy Chadwick from Oakland, California; and Tricia Treacy from North Carolina formed Shift-lab in 2013.

These women members work from across the globe to expand dialogue through exhibitions and projects that investigate narrative, communication and the book. Shift-lab continues to study the shift in contemporary perspectives relating to studio practice, collaboration, and both digital & analogue experiences.

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Using their own interpretation of Shift, each artist created a book of identical dimensions to reflect a shift in perspective or point of view. Katie Baldwin created a series of woodblocks prints with handset type to represent the three diggings to the Erie Canal in 1817, 1825, and 1918. Denise Bookwalter used screenprinting and letterpress to print topographical maps of crumpled paper and textile patterns. Sarah Bryant used letterpress printed images to convey the recorded movements of her body during sleep. Macy Chadwick printed intaglio images with letterpress text to communicate two different perspectives of one conversation. Tricia Treacy printed handset type, using the glyphs and symbols pulled from a larger text, re-contextualizing the type to create a new narrative.

Five individual artist books are housed together in a handmade box, printed and bound in an edition of 20. Printmaking processes used to make the books include: intaglio, letterpress, relief and screenprint.