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Posters, Poetry, & Protest
September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
September 16-17, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Before internet memes, we had broadsides—printed posters hung in public spaces to announce news, events, or advertisements. Broadsides were so often used for fiery messages that they came to have a second meaning: “a strongly worded critical attack.” Contemporary broadsides continue to have strong visual presence in NYC, and the form has also become popular for literary editions, a means to present a single poem or short work of prose as a standalone print object. In this weekend workshop, we will combine image and text to create original broadsides. We will think about text as part of a visual composition, and how text and image work together on the page. We will begin with a mini writing-workshop, and participants will use the wide variety of metal and wood type at the Center for Book Arts to create a dynamic layout. Students will also have the option to carve their own text or images using linoleum blocks. Students will learn writing techniques, linoleum cutting, and basic typesetting and letterpress printing. Each student will make a small edition of their print, and we will do a print exchange, so that all students leave with a collection of all the broadsides in addition to copies of their own print. The course is open to students of all levels and abilities.
This workshop is being taught in partnership between Center for Book Arts and Singing Saw Press, an independent press co-founded by Norah Maki (a current Center scholar) and poet Allyson Paty. Their flagship publication is a folio of collaborative broadsides between artists and poets that fosters dialogue both contributor-to-contributor and in a more formal way, between image and text.
Tuition: $200 members / $225 non-members. Become a member.