Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type

with Robyn Awend
Wednesday, May 18; 7–8:30pm CT
Free event*

Join us for a virtual conversation with contemporary artists, printers, and designers who use Hebrew type in their work to explore abstract and representational perspectives on the language. As MCBA introduces Hebrew wood type to our letterpress studios, we celebrate artists whose work is based in the language. The panel is curated by Robyn Awend and moderated by Karen Schiff and features local and national artists who use both traditional and contemporary Hebrew and Yiddish type in their work. Panelists include Lynne Avadenka (MI), an artist, printmaker, and director of Detroit letterpress print shop Signal Return; Gabriella Boros (IL), a printmaker, painter, and book artist; Dr. Noam Sienna (MN), a scholar of Jewish culture and history, Hebrew calligrapher, and book artist; and Shani Avni (NY) who designs, researches, teaches, consults, writes, and lectures on Hebrew type design and typography. Moderator Karen Schiff (TX) is an artist, writer, and editor who often works between word and image. Continue reading “Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type”

Block Printing on Paper and Fabric

with Elaine Chu
Tuesday, May 24; 4:30–6:30pm CT

In this virtual workshop, design and carve your own custom block prints using a clever transfer technique. Then, learn how to print your block on both paper and fabric. The materials kit includes a set of cards, a drawstring bag, and a zip pouch, all of which can be printed with your unique design. Come away from the workshop with knowledge and skills to continue printing independently with blocks on paper and fabric! Continue reading “Block Printing on Paper and Fabric”

Papermaking Lab: May 24

Tuesday, May 24; 5–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab: May 24”

Sewn Binding with Guards and Self-Locking Wrapper

with Karen Hanmer
Wednesday, May 25; 5–8pm CT

For centuries, paper has served as a quick, elegant, and economical covering material for books. This versatile material can create structures ranging from pocket notebooks to conservation friendly bindings to a case durable enough for a heavily-used manual.  

In this virtual workshop, learn how to sew an exposed binding, a book structure with decorative guards that features colorful link stitch sewing and slivers of decorative paper visible on the spine. The covers are hooked around the first and last signatures before sewing, then sewn normally along with the rest of the text block. A quick-to-construct self-locking flap keeps the text block clean and secure.  Continue reading “Sewn Binding with Guards and Self-Locking Wrapper”

Zines + Chapbooks: Shaping Content for/as Communities of Color

with Savannah Bustillo
Tuesdays: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 7–9pm CT

In community with other artists of color, explore chapbooks and zines as book structures and vehicles for sharing stories. Each week, learn a new book structure and techniques for adding content that works with the book form to create meaning. Examples of these structures by contemporary artists of color will be shared and discussed. The group will also engage in friendly critique and exercises that support content generation. Participants will have the option to exchange books with one another to begin or grow a personal collection of artists’ books. All community members who identify as a person of color are welcome. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, share, and inspire a diversity of ideas. Continue reading “Zines + Chapbooks: Shaping Content for/as Communities of Color”

Forage Against the Machine

with Anna Haglin
Thursdays: June 2, 9, 16; 6–9pm CT

This in-person workshop combines urban foraging with bookbinding. Take a field trip to the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park (a four-block walk from MCBA) to identify and ethically harvest wild plants. Then, head back to MCBA’s studios to learn how to press plants and execute two herbarium-friendly bindings: the side-stab structure and a screw post album. Grow your plant identification skills as you incorporate pressed plants into your new bindings. Continue reading “Forage Against the Machine”

Moveable Non-Linear Book Structures

with Radha Pandey
Saturdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25; 10am–12pm CT

Cut, fold, construct, and play in this hands-on virtual workshop while exploring artists’ books through a dimensional lens. Learn how to make book structures that can be manipulated (by folding, flexing, pinching, or pulling the book) to reveal hidden content. Structures include flexagons, “hide-and-reveal” structures, “jitterbug” books, and their variations. Instruction will cover a range of binding skills while focusing on constructing a new structure each week. See examples of artists’ books by artists around the globe and discuss the range of possibilities each structure offers. Participants will have the opportunity to express their ideas visually in their book constructions and engage in supportive group sharing. Participants must come with basic book arts skills such as cutting, folding, scoring, gluing, and using tools like a bone folder, a ruler, and an awl. Continue reading “Moveable Non-Linear Book Structures”

Asymmetrical Pop-In/Pop-Out Accordion Book

with Pamela MacKellar
Saturday, June 4; 1–4pm CT

Learn a new variation of the accordion book that includes pop-ups! In this virtual workshop, learn the asymmetrical pop-up and how to connect a series of them in an accordion book. This book structure provides windows and spaces that feature artwork and/or text to create a narrative. Come away with experience to continue exploring this structure independently with knowledge and skills needed to vary the size, materials, number of pop-ups, and direction of the pop-ups. Participants must come with basic book arts skills such as cutting, folding, scoring, gluing, and using tools like a bone folder, a ruler, and an awl. Continue reading “Asymmetrical Pop-In/Pop-Out Accordion Book”

Art Practice Circle: June

with Mary Leikvold
Monday, June 6; 7–8:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. This gathering will provide time for each person to share about their work—a particular work in progress, an idea that needs exploring, or a struggle with a specific work—as well as a conversation about what inspires us and strategies for tracking progress. Recommended for those who practice some form of book arts (book/paper/print) or related process (such as calligraphy, papercutting, marbling, etc.). Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: June”