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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 »
Nights Section (A):
February 28 - March 21, Four Tuesday Evenings, 6 -10 pm
In this 18-hour beginner’s course in letterpress printing, students will learn the basics of hand typesetting, printing on the Center’s Vandercooks, and the process of editioning. Can be combined with Letterpress I (B) to qualify for studio rental in our Printshop.Find out more »
February 25, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
***WORKSHOP IS FULL***
Do you have ideas for publishing your own books but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop is for you! In this one day class students will learn a range of possibilities for taking their own writing and pictures and binding them their very own zine. You will make your own images, play with different page layouts and learn a range of simple yet good looking binding techniques. Students will learn good craftsmanship without sacrificing the economics of a democratic multiple. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome.
February 25, Saturday, 10am-4pm
Curious about letterpress but not sure if it’s up your alley? Come to this one-dayworkshop and get your feet wet. You will learn how to set type, lock up a form, and print an edition on the Vandercook proof press.Find out more »
5-Day Section (A+B)
February 15 - 19, Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this 35-hour core course Learn the basics of hand typesetting and the contemporary practice of letterpress printing. We will cover the essentials of good presswork including inking, and impression and move on to discuss typefaces, paper, incorporating illustrations and adding color.Find out more »
February 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Paper-making is a centuries old craft that is practical and easy to learn. In this workshop, participants will learn to recycle scrap art or office paper into beautiful new paper using materials easily gathered or found at home. We’ll learn to make our own molds and deckles, make pulp using a hand-held blender, form sheets of plain and decorative handmade paper, and consider a few options for drying. Pulp will be enhanced with color and special ingredients to create a wide variety of papers suitable for printing, book arts, painting or drawing. 3Dcasting will also be demonstrated.