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”

Wearable Paper Jewelry

with Azania Tripp
Thursday, September 29; 6–8pm CT

Create your own one-of-a-kind wearable jewelry piece with paper! In this in-person workshop, learn to design pins, earrings, and pendants out of recycled magazine paper. Participants will select birchwood shapes (circles, triangles, and squares of varying sizes) to be used as a base for collage. Then, they’ll paste down paper designs cut with scissors, exacto knives, and hole punching tools. After the workshop, the teaching artist will complete the pieces with sterling silver attachments and seal the art with resin for longevity, which takes about two weeks. Participants can return to pick up their jewelry at the Shop at MCBA starting Saturday, 10/15. Continue reading “Wearable Paper Jewelry”

Screen Printed Tote

with Ben Etten and Kirsten Olson
Thursday, October 13; 6–9pm CT

Trick or tote! Screen print your own unique design on a tote bag! In this in-person workshop, discover how to screen print using hand-cut wax paper stencils–without a darkroom. Instruction will cover stencil design, hand-cutting techniques, fabric ink, and tips for printing on fabric.

Bring your sketches and ideas to the workshop. Final designs should fit on a letter sized sheet of paper (maximum width 8.5 inches). Simple designs are encouraged. Continue reading “Screen Printed Tote”

Poetry Is Not a Luxury

Exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery
March 18–May 14, 2022

Poetry Is Not a Luxury, a powerful exhibition featuring 26 book artists hailing from Vermont to South Korea, is titled after writer Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay on the intersections of creativity and activism that were not only essential to her own work, but also to a diverse group of feminist thinkers at the time.

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