L-R: vest (collaboration with Elizabeth Travelslight), coat, apron, belts, double apron. Two-color screenprint on canvas, mixed media, dimensions variable.
L-R: vest (collaboration with Elizabeth Travelslight), coat.
The pattern imagery references the activity kits as well as the qualities of dynamism, diversity, skill, resourcefulness, cooperation, and agency.
Participants try on the double apron.
Instructions signage, two-color screenprint on canvas. With postcards and tool rolls ().
Leah Rosenberg and Christine Wong Yap, Color | Cootie | Feeling | Catcher, 13-color woodblock and polymer plate letterpress print. Top: 12.25 x 12.25 inches / 31 x 31 cm, edition of 30. Bottom: tearaway activity sheet with instructions, 12 x 18 inches / 30.5 x 45.7 cm (print), edition of 120, with printed and sewn canvas pouch.
Viewers can follow the origami instructions to play this game of self-reflection and exchange by way of choosing color.
Elizabeth Travelslight and Christine Wong Yap, Friendship Field Trip, three-color letterpress print. Top: map/poster on the reverse side of activities. Bottom: Activity in four parts on takeaway pads in printed and sewn canvas pouch, 6 x 9 inches / 15.2 x 22.8 inches each (prints).
The Friendship Field Trip (An Adventure in Togetherness) is an activity for deepening casual relationships into more meaningful ones. There are four parts: Field Trip Planner, Personal Quirks Disclosure, Conflicts Resolution Template, and Oh, the Stories We Could Tell—a series of storytelling prompts to build intimacy and empathy.
Viewers are invited to detach the canvas pouches from the display, and attach them to garments, using the snaps.
I am here because you are here because..., two-color reduction linoleum and polymer plate letterpress, with printed and sewn canvas pouch, mixed media; 8.5 x 14 inches / 21.5 x 35.5 cm (print). A cut-and-assemble activity to visualize onself as part of a continuous chain of cooperation.
Someone I Can Call Upon, polymer plate letterpress print, with printed and sewn canvas pouch, mixed media; 11 x 8.5 inches / 28 x 21.5 cm (print). A drawing activity to envision your buddies who keep you bouyant.
Interdependence Door Charm, handset type and linoleum letterpress print with hot stamping (), with printed and sewn canvas pouch, mixed media; 8.5 x 4 inches / 21.5 x 10.1 cm (print). A declaration and reminder of a space of support by, of, and for each other. Inspired by an anonymous survey response in the Inter/dependence ’zine.
Chart Your Guiding Stars, pressure and polymer plate letterpress print, with printed and sewn canvas pouch, mixed media; 8.5 x 11 inches / 21.5 x 28 cm (print). A reflection and drawing activity to visualize how your values, preferences and desires intersect with those of others.
Have a Buddy. Be a Buddy., two-color handset type and linoleum letterpress print, with printed and sewn canvas pouch; 8.5 x 11 inches / 21.5 x 28 cm (print). A buddy system for reaching goals using reminder cards and postcards.
Wallet Reminder Cards, handset letterpress print with printed and sewn canvas pouch; 8.5 x 7 inches / 21.5 x 17.8 cm (print). A set of cards for reminding oneself of your terms of engagement and rules to live by.
What's in the Bag?, polymer plate letterpress print, with printed and sewn canvas pocket, mixed media; 11 x 8.5 inches / 28 x 21.5 cm (print). Instructions for hosting an event to show tools and share skills. The aim is to savor our interactions with the world and each other as minds, bodies, and users of tools.
Give Thanks and Make an Envelope, handset type and polymer plate letterpress print, with printed and sewn canvas pouch, mixed media; 9 x 6 inches / 22.8 x 15.2 cm // 8.5 x 11 inches / 21.5 x 28 inches (prints). Stationery and instructions for writing a gratitude letter.
A participant prepares a gratitude letter. Participants are invited to interact with all activity kits and garments.
Sarrita Hunn (The Institute for Autonomous Practices) and Christine Wong Yap, Inter/de-pend-ence: the game, screenprint on paper, canvas, wood; 18 x 18 inches / 45.7 x 45.7 cm, edition of two. A four-person dialogue-based game with questions and tactics cards. Questions include variations specifically for artists.
In Ways and Means, the public is invited to interact with letterpress-printed activity kits, collaborative games, and custom garments exploring interdependence and resourcefulness.
The project includes collaborations with Leah Rosenberg, Elizabeth Travelslight, and Sarrita Hunn (Institute for Autonomous Practices). It builds upon past projects on interdependence and collaboration (thanks to those supporters and survey respondents). The title is inspired by the feeling of confidence upon entering a new situation—that one has the skills, past experiences, and the support of others to overcome or circumvent unknown challenges and unfavorable odds.
Caption: Christine Wong Yap with Leah Rosenberg, Elizabeth Travelslight, and Sarrita Hunn (Institute for Autonomous Practices), Ways and Means, 2016, mixed media installation with letterpress printed activities and screenprinted custom garments, dimensions variable. Supported by a Fellowship from Kala Art Institute and an Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant from the Center for Book Arts.
Sincerest gratitude to Kala, especially Archana Horsting, Yuzo Nakano, Carrie Hott, Paper Buck, Ben Engle, Andrea Voinot, and Mayumi Hamanaka; the Center for Book Arts; Val Imus and Southern Exposure; Kevin B. Chen and Genevieve Quick; Sarrita Hunn, Leah Rosenberg, Elizabeth Travelslight; Gary, Katrina and Sean (Jiajun Wang); Sophia Wong; Michael Yap; and Susan O’Malley (in memoriam).
Ways and Means was exhibited in Appro-propagation, Residency Projects: New Work by 2015-2016 Kala Fellows, at Kala Art Institute.
Printed in the Center for Book Arts’ Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant
Photo: Jiajun Wang
Sewing Assistance: Sophia Wong