Wednesday, 8 April 2015


This blog represents an attempt to make available online, the whole of my practice-based PhD.

The Safe Cigarette: Visual Strategies of Reassurance in American Advertisements for Cigarettes - 1945-1964
Dr Jackie Batey

This site has links to all the written and practical elements that made up the entire submission, completed in 2003. I have also included some working visuals to show my methodology when creating the artist's books. This Practice-Based Ph.D. was created in two sections, the written element presented as a sequence of eight Fascicles (a thematic volume as a standalone artist's book), and the practical element presented as an inter-related set of nine Artist’s Books and Multiples. They were all packaged together and submitted to the University as a boxed object, bound in blue. I created this boxed-object thesis as an edition of three, but many of the artist's books have since formed the basis of my post-doctoral practice Damp Flat Books. The actual boxed object can be handled in St.Peter's House Library, Brighton.

I am a member of the Images in Practice network - a research project set-up at the University of Portsmouth in order to explore how practice based study at this level can be more widely disseminated using free and easy online technologies. If you have any comments or questions please email me:

Fascicle Eight: Glossary, References and Appendices

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Fascicle Zero: Before Everything Else

The written element was presented as a sequence of Fascicles (individually published sections of a book). These books were housed in a tin that also contained my nine artist's books and multiples.
The thesis was submitted as a boxed object.
One copy is housed in St.Peter's House Library in Brighton.

Click to read Fascicle Zero as a scan of the original bookwork.

Fascicle Zero printed on 130g cartridge paper.
297mm x 210mm with 16 pages.
Single section sewn with a heavy orange card cover made from stationery folders.
The book is inkjet printed with archival inks.
Limited edition of 3, Brighton 2003

Fascicle Seven: Conclusion

Fascicle Six: Technology as Reassurance - the Filter-Tip