Shift-lab was founded in 2013 and has produced artist books as well as a number of printing events. Its most recent project REF (2019) investigates the transition from traditional reference texts in dedicated physical spaces toward the use of algorithmic relevance and keyword searches. Working together, members of the collective created fifteen responses to traditional reference texts using dates related to this transition as an organizational principle. The development of the project took place online, through contemporary technology such as Skype and Google docs, as well as in person in several locations and libraries across the United States.
These women members work from across the US 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 of the book.
Katie Baldwin is a printmaker and book artist who received her MFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and and a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan Normal University in the International Printmaking Center, Department of Fine Arts.
Denise Bookwalter is a printmaker and book artist living in Tallahassee, Florida where she is a Professor of Art at Florida State University and Founding Director of Small Craft Advisory Press, a collaborative book arts press. She has exhibited extensively and her books can be found in collections nationally and internationally.
Sarah Bryant is a book artist who produces work under the name Big Jump Press. Bryant won the Prestigious MCBA Prize, an international award given every two years to a single artist book. She is an Assistant Professor for the MFA Book Arts Program in the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama.
Macy Chadwick is the Director of In Cahoots Residency in Petaluma California--an artist residency with a focus on artist books, letterpress, printmaking, writing, and collaboration. Macy received an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts, and taught at the Academy of Art University and San Francisco Art Institute.
Tricia Treacy is an interdisciplinary designer, artist and educator. She was awarded fellowships/grants from American Academy in Rome, DesignInquiry and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
California Polytechnic State University, Carleton College Library, The Center for Book Arts, Colorado College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College Special Collections, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Special Collections, Savannah College of Art and Design Special Collections, Swarthmore College Special Collections, Temple University Special Collections, University of the Arts, University of California- Los Angeles Special Collections, University of California-Santa Barbara Special Collections, University of Cincinnati, University of Florida-Gainesville, University of Iowa Special Collections, University of Michigan, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Utah Special Collections, University of Washington-Seattle Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections, Yale University Art of the Book Collection, Mary Austin private collection and Jack Ginsberg private collection.