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April 17-21, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
This intensive, beginning-level workshop is designed to enable artists to use the book format in their work as a means of expanding, preserving and restructuring ideas. It is, at heart, homage to the materials and techniques of bookbinding. Paper reigns supreme in this workshop, and there will be plenty of paper-folding and sewing to justify the use of the word “intensive” to describe our week together. Expect to make a variety of book models as prototypes for future projects -- and a box (or two!) to protect and display them. We’ll make single-and multiple-section books displaying decorative sewing patterns, and will also construct a library of accordion-fold models.Find out more »
April 8-9, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
The accordion is perhaps the most versatile structure in the world of bookbinding. As a full-page spread or as a minutely-folded piece of paper, it displays both pictures and words in an immediate and Zen-like game of mountains and valleys. We will spend 2 days folding paper, making both traditional and new-fangled books. After the bookbinding we’ll make a slipcase entirely out of handmade paper, to hold our set of models. Expect to construct 4 or 5 small books, each bound in handmade paper wrappers, which will serve as prototypes for future projects.Find out more »
April 1, Saturday, 12-3pm
*** WORKSHOP FULL***
Pulp as Portal artist Krista Franklin will lead participants in a papermaking activity utilizing artist fellow exhibition artist Jillian Bruschera's traveling Papermaker's Pack. Participants will walk the Manhattan environs of the Center for Book Arts to obtain ephemera and printed matter (signage, fliers, garbage, objects) of the neighborhood to be remade into new sheets of paper in the Center for Book Arts studios. In an afternoon of walking, conversation and papermaking, we are interested what the stuff of our city blocks--that which is discarded, stapled to poles, tucked under windshields--can tell us about our neighborhoods as communities and ecosystems. How can these materials be re-purposed in the service of papermaking and poetic reflection? This program is an opportunity to build on The Chicago 77, a project featured in Pulp as Portal. Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation, The Chicago 77 is a 77-line poem comprised of found text and paper made from objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The piece was created by poets and artists Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods.
This program is free and all are welcome. pace is limited to the first 20 registrants though. Please register.Find out more »
March 24-26, Friday - Saturday , 10 am- 4 pm
In this class you will learn to make hardcover case bindings for pamphlets, flat back books, and a book with a rounded spine. You will learn about the structure beneath the boards and make your own bookcloth to cover it. This class is suitable for beginners, but students should have taken Bookbinding I (A) prior.Find out more »
March 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
***WORKSHOP IS FULL***
Paper's role in book and textile arts is often underrated and assumed to be flat and docile. In this class, handmade paper takes center stage as it is sliced, spun, crumpled, and woven in an evolution of ancient East Asian arts of jiseung (paper cording and twining), joomchi (paper texturing and fusing), and shifu (woven paper cloth). Through history and folklore combined with hands-on experimentation, students will learn the impact of paper beginning with its birthplace in Asia through its contemporary incarnations. These insights will better inform the material and techniques offered, while pieces made in class can become pages of artists' books, fabric for art garments, printing elements, and artwork ready to hang. Everyone will leave with samples and new skill sets in the possibilities of paper.
No previous experience required.Find out more »
March 10-12, Friday - Sunday, 10 am- 4 pm
Fold, sew, and glue paper into books! In this 18-hour introductory class you will fold accordion books and explore concertinas, sew pamphlets with paper covers, glue single pages into butterfly books, and more. This class is suitable for beginners and also for anyone looking for basic models that can be made at home without special equipment. No experience required.Find out more »
March 8, Wednesday Evening, 6:30-9 pm
Wednesday Night Revolution Posters and Prints
Join us at the Center for Book Arts Wednesday evenings to print and prepare your message of resistance. Learn the basics of letterpress with wood type. This is an ongoing class with no prerequisites and no commitment. Come enjoy the freedom of the press. All politics and agendas welcome!
This evening event is $25 and all are welcome. Bring paper and we'll provide the press, type and ink.Find out more »
March 4, Saturday, 10am-4pm
Learn how to make a quick artist book using 5 simple techniques.
In the morning you will learn a paint transfer technique, pop-up, pamplet stitching, a simple one sheet zig zag accordion, and the shape book. We will practice a few variations throughout this one day class. In the afternoon we will re-make the zig zag accordion and put it all together.By the end of the day you will be pros!
The simplest techniques can leave you inspired!Find out more »
Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson
March 4th, Saturday, 12-3pm
***WORKSHOP IS FULL***
Activist and nonprofit burnout is a very real thing - activists and nonprofit workers frequently give their whole heart to causes, and the ongoing struggle can cause activists to feel overwhelmed, lost, and anguished. As a public project for Pulp as Portal, Book Bombs, a collaborative between artists Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson, present "Keeping the Fire Alive." Anyone is invited to make handmade paper and pulp prints with us, which will be resist-dried on the windows of CBA, building a collaborative installation.
Pulp printing stencils and questions for discussion during the event will address the state of the struggle in the new political climate, post election. Given the outcomes of the 2016 election, how do we re-group to keep pushing for change? And how do we balance the very real need to keep fighting with burnout, and the grief associated with undesired outcomes? These papers and the discussions that take place at the vats will be visual and verbal conversations and strategies for activists to avoid and prevent burnout. They will also provide a vehicle for participants to express their frustrations with the ongoing battle to keep up the good fight.
This program is free and all are welcome.Find out more »
March 2 - 30, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
In this 5 week course we will use the book as a form for artistic expression. Utilizing the Center for Book Arts studios and type collection we will explore the conception and creation of the book as art. Students will have a chance to explore conceptual development; how a book's structure and design can enhance and integrate part of the work's meaning. Basic bookbinding structures and letterpress printing techniques will be taught. This course is open to students of all levels and abilities. Students new to book arts should expect to create a basic soft cover edition.Find out more »