SIFT explores the intersections where sequence, image, form, and text converge. Starting from the book arts and radiating outward, our aim is to facilitate exploration and dialogue of interdisciplinary arts. Our objective is to provide educational, technical, and creative resources, and to facilitate workshops, events, exhibitions, and opportunities for artists and writers that engage the diverse audiences and communities in New Orleans.
Yuka works in a wide range of media, including but not limited to handmade paper, book arts, and physical computing. She received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuka studied papermaking at the Awagami Factory in Japan and at Dieu Donne Papermill. She has taught book arts in Japan and in the U.S., spent several weeks binding books in the Argentinian hills, and served on the Board of Directors at Seattle Center for Book Arts. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and her books are in the permanent collections of several public library and university special collections.
Angela Driscoll is an interdisciplinary artist who explores time and narrative while creating visual and audio work from collected data. Her body of work includes artist books, drawings, installations, video, and sound. Angela received her MFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in Book Arts/Printmaking. She is an active member of Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, a non-profit collaborative project space, and co-founder of SIFT.
Oa Sjoblom moved to New Orleans in 2010 after graduating from Vassar College with a BA Art History. She has worked at various conservation and preservation jobs in the city since then. She is working on prerequisites to attend a book and paper conservation program, after which she plans to continue working in conservation in New Orleans.
Friedrich Kerksieck is a letterpress printer, binder, paper maker & poet living in New Orleans with his wife, Gabrielle Trimm & their two cats, Bela Scoops & Bip Scoops. He runs Small Fires Press, an independent letterpress & binding venture. Friedrich attended the University of Alabama for his MFA in Book Arts.
Amelia Bird is a letterpress printer, essayist, book artist, and educator living in New Orleans where she co-founded Baskerville, a letterpress printing and book arts collective. She studied book arts and nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, and was an artist’s book resident at Women’s Studio Workshop 2011. Stemming from a rural Florida upbringing, her work explores the intersections of place, memory, imagination, and process. Her artist’s books have won awards from San Diego Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, and University of Florida’s Artbound. Amelia taught writing and book arts in a few places, but she sometimes prefers swimming underwater wearing a mermaid tail to all of it. Her books can be seen at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, found in the stacks of special collections across the country, and viewed/purchased online through Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. Her mermaid tails can be borrowed by appointment.