Past Events › Works on Paper
April 1, Saturday, 12-3pm
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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 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 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 »
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 »
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.
November 19-20, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this two day workshop, students will learn to make their own decorative endpapers by printing patterns on the letterpress. Discussion and demos will focus on setting type and ornaments from the Center’s collection to create patterns, carving simple linoleum cuts, and proper printing techniques. No previous printing experience required.
Amos Kennedy: Master Faculty Fellow
October 29-30, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Working with Amos Kennedy, a self-described provocateur, this two-day workshop will provide access to our extensive type collection and array of boldly colored inks, allowing participants to create their own posters to get their messages out to the world. Create strong graphics that explore any issue important to you: from race to politics to religion. No topic is taboo; no idea not worth exploring. Be a voice in the conversation!Find out more »
*August 20-21* SCHEDULE CHANGE, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm
During this workshop students will learn the basics of Persian illumination- polishing paper, making and using Persian style paint and shell gold, while creating a small illumination based on one of two traditional illumination motifs. The techniques used will be taken from Ibn Badis's 15th century manual, professional anecdotes and 21st century conservators' analysis of Persian illuminated pages.Find out more »
July 30 - 31, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm
Impossibly large images bring excitement to the pop-up book. Strategies for creating these expansive structures are useful in miniature books, as they allow the artist to increase the drama and expand the content. Using cardstock and a small set of simple hand tools, students will build and bind a number of structures that move above, beyond and behind the page. Beginners are welcome; experienced participants will explore pop-ups in a whole new way.Find out more »
July 16-17, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm
During this workshop students will learn which gilding techniques are the most compatible with their favorite papers and media. We will draw on a variety of gilding techniques that work on a wide variety of media including silver gelatin prints, paste paper, woodblock and other printing methods, oil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, etc.Find out more »