Working Together: a mix-and-match book of nice and not-so-nice modes of collaboration features 14 prints. By turning the pages, the reader creates new combinations of how the two characters work together.
Working Together is inspired by examining and practicing collaboration, as well as political displays of disregard for others. Though mix-and-match books are typically for children—the same phase of learning good manners—I made Working Together to acknowledge overlapping modes in working relationships. Rather than a skill mastered in childhood, I think of cooperation as a series of ongoing choices.
Working Together is also a suite of standalone prints.
Book: Christine Wong Yap, Working Together, 2017, letterpress-printed linoleum prints and handset type, 8.5 x 7 x 0.5 inches, edition of 15.
Prints: Christine Wong Yap, [titles in ligtbox], 2017, letterpress-printed linoleum prints, 8.5 x 7 inches each, edition of 15.
Printed and bound by the artist at the Center for Book Arts with support from a Workspace Artist-in-Residence Grant.
The project was exhibited in the Workspace Artist-in-Residence exhibition at the Center for Book Arts, April 21–June 30, 2017.
Thanks to CBA instructors Nancy Loeber, Rich O’Russa, Celine Lombardi, Roni Gross, and Amber McMillan; community members Uriel Cidor, Ana Paula Sobral Cordeiro, Sarah Nicholls, Scholars Beth Sheehan, Shana Agid, and Amber Heaton; and staff Anne Muntges, Alex Campos, and Emilie Ahern. Thanks also to T.C. and Elizabeth Travelslight for words of inspiration.