Marbling Lab

$45 (10% discount for MCBA members) +$15 supply fee
Marbling experience required
Multiple Saturday offerings; 10am-4pm

Marbling experience required

Marbling lab provides access to marbling tools and equipment in MCBA’s wet studio for practitioners to build their skills outside of classes. Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20 inch tanks of carrageenan, rakes, alum, brushes, cups and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and paper. Please note: Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

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Paper Marbling: Special Effects – Full

with Sally Power
Saturday, August 17; 10am-4pm
Introduction to Marbling or equivalent required

 

Go beyond patterns and explore a range of marbling techniques that create special effects! These techniques include: moiré and Spanish moiré, which make the marbled sheet look as if it’s folded or underwater; and over-marbling, which adds depth and complexity to the patterns. Methods for using white space and marbling on colored paper will also be explored.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Two Evening Chapbook

with Georgia Greeley
Wednesdays September 11 & 18; 6-9pm

Do you have written work you want to make into a chapbook, or quotes you want to collate into one bound book? Learn three simple chapbook formats and embellishing techniques to make simple structures look complex and lovely. Then, experience the process of honing a manuscript to fit the size and function of the chosen chapbook. Participants should come to the workshop with a written work they want to bind. Between the first and second week of the workshop, participants will need to size, copy, and collate their text to fit the chosen chapbook format and bring that work to the second night of the workshop. Participants will go home with at least one completed chapbook as well as the knowledge of how to repeat the process and complete more books independently.

Certificate: Category B or D

$108 + $35 supply fee

Zine Making in a Nutshell

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: October 7, 14, 21; 6-8pm

Short for magazine, zines are a fun and inexpensive way to share ideas with friends or with the wider public. Get inspired looking at many examples, and then work on one or two zines of your own. The workshop will cover content development, useful zine structures, simple illustration techniques, and tips on making multiples.

Certificate: Category B or C

$108 + $15 supply fee

Charting an Art Practice

with Regula Russelle
Wednesdays: October 30, November 6, 13, 20; 6-8pm

All artists, from professional to amateur, grapple with: how to make room for artmaking in our daily lives, how to respect our limitations and make peace with uncertainty, how to create realistic goals and work toward them, and how to connect with an audience. This participatory workshop explores how to shape a life in the (book) arts through writing, “map making,” conversation, and by considering examples.

Certificate: Category C or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee

Quirky Concertinas

with Georgia Greeley
Monday, November 4; 6-9pm

Learn the concertina form by making three different styles of concertina books: a flexogram accordion, hardcover extended accordion, and a braided accordion. Instruction will cover ideas for integrating content into your books, both written and visual, as well as examples of other variations on the concertina structure.

Certificate: Category D

$60 + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos and Kirsten Olson
Friday, December 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn the basics of screen printing with photo emulsion! Hand-pull a two-color print on a tote bag and paper.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Dirty Works: Origami Star Book

with Laurel Jedamus
Friday, December 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Create a small book that unfolds into a 3-dimensional star. Start by making pages using a simple origami fold, then add covers to create a unique and decorative item that is both a book and an ornament.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screen printing, Bookbinding, Papermaking

$50 (10% discount for MCBA members)
An hourly rate of $15 (10% discount for MCBA members) may be available the night of Open Studio at The Shop (hourly participants may not register in advance)
Experience and training required

Letterpress:
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA’s presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Presses are selected upon participant arrival on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants must have taken a beginning letterpress workshop (other than Dirty Works) in order to register. Fee covers black ink and solvents; supply your own paper.

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Screen printing:
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA’s darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsion; supply your own ink and paper.

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Bookbinding:
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own book board, cloth, paper and other needs.

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Papermaking:
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming or beat fiber for future sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day. The studio’s two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75 lb. (dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2 lb. (dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). Beaters are selected upon participant arrival, first-come-first-served. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten.

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Cutting Equipment Training

$15 (10% discount for MCBA members)

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

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Paper Beater Training

$15 (10% discount for MCBA members)
Papermaking experience required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

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Printed Holiday Notecards

Saturday, November 23; 1-4pm
For families with children ages 6 and up

Embrace your holiday spirit by making your own cards this year! Create notecards with a festive image and letterpress greeting while learning to use MCBA’s printing presses. Students will design their own holiday images and choose from text from a variety of messages.

Adult/Child pair: $50 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $25 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Marbled Paper Holiday Ornaments and Gift Tags

Saturday, November 30; 10:30am-1:30pm
For families with children ages 6 and up

Learn the ancient art of traditional Japanese suminagashi paper marbling to create papers with beautiful designs and colorful patterns. Marble multiple sheets and then make a set of gift tags and holiday star-shaped ornaments. This class promises a beautifully original set of holiday treasures! Please bring a snack or bag lunch for a break midway through the class.

Adult/Child pair: $50 (10% discount for members) + $10 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $25 (10% discount for members) + $5 supply fee

New Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Explores the Storytelling Power of Quilts

September 17, 2018

Quilt, Not Quilt: The Afterlife is a new exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), on view from October 12th ­­­- December 2nd in the Open Book Cowles Literary Commons. This exhibition features art that repurposes old, tattered quilts into new forms while still preserving the quilts’ heritage, craftsmanship, and legacy. The opening reception for Quilt, Not Quilt will take place on Wednesday, October 17 from 6-8pm. The reception includes an artist talk and poetry reading from 7-8pm in the Target Performance Hall on the second floor of Open Book, as well as a meet and greet with the artists and poets. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Continue reading “New Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Explores the Storytelling Power of Quilts”