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Bamboo ceiling, sticky floor / Jan Daly
Bib ID 7898506
Format BookBook [still image, text, sheet]
Author
Daly, Jan, artist
 
Description Townsville, Qld, Australia : Respectfully printed in the studios of Red Rag Press, 2017 
©2017 
1 broadside : colour ; 70 x 50 cm 
Summary

One of sixteen limited edition posters produced as part of a project in which North Queensland printmakers were invited to produce a letterpress poster using their own imagery and the type and letterpress printing equipment available at Red Rag Press. In a wall label for an exhibition of this print, Jan Daly notes: “The terms ‘Bamboo ceiling’ and ‘Sticky floor’ refer to the covert racism preventing correct percentage representation of ethnically Asian peoples in white Anglo cultures. It particularly refers to representation of ethnically Asian people in upper echelons of management, the corporate sector and leadership positions. The term ‘bamboo ceiling’ plays on the metaphor ‘glass ceiling’ which was coined to describe transparent barriers to women rising through the ranks while the term ‘sticky floor’ refers to unseen forces that prevent any persons from transitioning upward from low paid menial work. Linking the two metaphors highlights both structural and attitudinal problems and underlines the complexity of ‘Racism’.”

Biography/History

Red Rag Press was formally established by Sheree Kinlyside in 2006, and has generally produced fine press artists books along with some limited-edition poetry, broadsides and the occasional poster. In 2016, Sheree Kinlyside approached fourteen other Townsville artists to contribute to a poster project using the resources of her press. Arts Queensland provided a grant to help the project along with paper and to pay each artist for their production costs. Caren Florance, an artist, letterpress printer and arts lecturer from Canberra, also visited the studio for a week as artist in residence, and assisted many of the project participants to achieve their text–image collaborations. Sometimes the letterpress printed text (essentially relief printing with words instead of images) is original, sometimes the artist has used found text, written by a poet or prose writer. Sheree Kinlyside and Caren Florance also each produced a poster as part of the project, making a grand total of sixteen.

Notes

Title from accompanying documentation.

Perspex relief print with intaglio. Photopolymer plate and hand set type. Hand applied gold leaf.

Limited edition of 5 copies.

National Library of Australia's copy is no. 3/5.

Subjects Racism -- Posters.  |  Prints, Australian -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Letterpress printing -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Broadsides -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Kinlyside, Sheree, printer  |  Florance, Caren, 1967- printer  |  Red Rag Press, issuing body  |  Arts Queensland, commissioning body
Terms of Use Copying allowed for research, study or personal use; permission required for publishing and other public use. 
Exhibited Commentary: Hand-printed Posters from North Queensland Artists, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Queensland, 9 November 2018 - 16 December 2018. 

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