swivel-knot is the next in our new series of ten window text commissions by artists, writers, and designers.
Following the 2021 series inspired by Meadhbh McNutt's Should artists write? workshops, many of the 2022 writers participated in Francis Whorrall-Campbell's workshops How to Write a Door and Walk Through, as well as other artists and writers also invited to participate.
The writers were invited to create one page of text – a completely open brief. The texts range from prose poems to statements, shared intimate moments and more, each capturing the different thoughts and feelings of the author. The texts have been designed by different artists and designers and printed in a risograph edition by Derry Print Workshop.
The texts are visible from CCA's windows, each for two weeks, as well as visible online here and distributed across our region. All 10 from the 2022 series will be available to buy as a fundraiser bundle later this year.
Author: Jessa Mockridge
Designer: Joe Barwise
Printer: Derry Print Workshop
Risograph edition of 200
This project was made possible thanks to support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Art Fund.
About the author & designer:
Jessa Mockridge is an artist and writer (Cape Town) living in London. Jessa works with diy print publishing, performance and sound and is interested in the power dynamics of media in relation to bodies and a politics of listening; a feminist ear that can also be an eye, skin or fist. Jessa was the co-editor of PaperWork, an art writing print publication and event series, 2014–2019.
Joe Barwise is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer and co-founder of haus eight, an independent design and film collective. Joe has worked with clients from across Ireland, the UK, Europe and America. This has been on a wide range of projects with a focus on illustration, animation, design for print and screen and motion graphics.
Joe says about swivel-know, "This was a project I was delighted to take part in, I’ve worked with riso in the past and have always enjoyed designing layouts in this way as it is much the same to when I’m producing screenprints. When I received my text I knew that I wanted to create something that put the words of the artist at the forefront as they were already so visual and emotive. I’m happy with how this piece has turned out as I feel it showcases Jessa’s work but also allowed me to make something that highlights my design influences and the strengths of the risograph duplicator."