Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder Wins the 2022 MCBA Prize

The international book art prize drew 154 entries from 17 countries

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2022 MCBA Prize is San Antonio, Texas–based artist Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder for her artist’s book, If You Need Anything. Writer and editor Megan N. Liberty selected If You Need Anything from 154 international submissions representing 17 countries. Schroeder’s work, for which she will receive a $2,000 cash prize, is currently on view in MCBA’s Main Gallery alongside four finalists and nineteen semi-finalists.

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3 Early-Career Artists Selected for Jerome Mentorship Program

L to R: Leah Klister, D’Angelo Christian, Michael Khuth

The artists will now begin on yearlong study of book arts at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce our newly-selected MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Recipients: D’Angelo Christian, Minneapolis-based photographer; Michael Khuth, St. Paul-based independent curator and lens-based collage artist; and Leah Klister, Minneapolis-based artist and art educator.

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Experimental Books: Shaping Content For/As Communities of Color

with Savannah Bustillo
Tuesdays: November 1, 15, 29, December 13; 7–9pm CT

In community with other artists of color, explore different book structures as vehicles for sharing stories. This is a community-driven virtual workshop that meets every other week to learn a new book structure and strategies for adding content to that particular book structure to create meaning. Topics and demos for each session align with what participants want to learn and explore. Past topics include adding pockets to book structures, simple box making, flag books, decorative sewing, and Japanese stab binding. 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, with the hope that participants feel empowered over the course of the workshop to pursue their own individual book projects.  Continue reading “Experimental Books: Shaping Content For/As Communities of Color”

Illuminated Tunnel Books

with Erin Maurelli
Tuesdays: November 1, 8, 15; 7–9pm CT

Tunnel Books have been around since the mid-18th century. This playful, three-dimensional structure uses a folded concertina to show implied depth or layers. The effect is a scene featuring overlapping elements. In this virtual workshop, participants will delight in the theatrics of the book by adding a miniature touch-sensitive LED light on the inside to illuminate the layers. This workshop involves hand-work, cutting, and precision folding. Participants will need to precisely fold two identical accordion structures, cut with a craft knife, and be able to use a glue stick or double-sided tape. Continue reading “Illuminated Tunnel Books”

Instant Zines!

with Hope Amico
Wednesdays: November 2, 9; 4:30–6:30pm CT

What is a zine? Short for fanzine, these photocopied booklets were once small magazines devoted to a certain subject. Over the years, book artists and zinesters have exploded the realm of possibility, creating everything from books of basic instruction to complicated art books. At its simplest, a tiny folded book can be made with one sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, and a pen. Once the basic form is mastered, the possibilities are endless.

In this virtual workshop, learn how to make a one-sheet book and explore examples. Then, create one-of-a-kind books that can be photocopied and shared (or traded in true zine fashion). Practice making images through collage, layering found images with added text through a variety of methods. Come away with at least three original zines to copy and share with other participants, including a transparent zine!  Continue reading “Instant Zines!”

Digital File Preparation for Screen Printing

with Michelle Lee Lagerroos
Wednesdays: November 2, 9, 16; 7–9pm CT

Photoshop is the perfect way to convert your photographs to screen-printable positives and to preview your layers before ink hits the screen! This virtual workshop is a guide to using Photoshop for screen printing, including converting grayscale images to halftones, using threshold filters for easy posterization, and other tips and tricks. Participants will not be screen printing in this workshop, but they will have the opportunity to turn photographs into positives, which can later be screen printed in another workshop or independently (depending on the individuals’ prior experience). Participants must have a general knowledge of screen printing as well as access to and familiarity using Adobe Photoshop independently. Continue reading “Digital File Preparation for Screen Printing”

Book Mending and Repair

with Frank Hurley
Thursdays: November 3, 10, 17; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person, introductory workshop, learn the basics of book repair and book mending. Begin with a discussion of the concept of triage as it applies to damaged books. Learn about various adhesives–PVA, wheat paste, and methyl cellulose–and when to use them. Then, dive into basic repair techniques such as paper mending using Japanese tissue, gluing text blocks, strengthening hinges, replacing endsheets, spine mounts, and potentially (if time allows) full rebinds. Discussion also includes when not to attempt a repair, i.e. when it is better to build a preservation enclosure and leave a book as is. Continue reading “Book Mending and Repair”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (November)

with Kerri Sandve
Thursdays, November 3, 10; 6–9pm CT

This in-person letterpress workshop offers an introduction to MCBA’s print studio—including key equipment, tools, and terminology—in addition to an opportunity to experience the satisfaction of printing a message through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Get to know MCBA’s wood type collection and learn beginning typesetting with wood type. Learn the basics of working with a flatbed cylinder press, including operation, safety, and care, while building skills using the equipment with support from a teaching artist. In pairs, design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (November)”

Art Practice Circle: November

with Laura Brown
Monday, November 7; 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 monthly 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: November”

Non-Adhesive Books in a Non-Adhesive Box

with Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Tuesdays: November 8, 15, 22; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Feeling stuck trying to adhere to the same old fixed bookbinding methods? Release yourself from PVA’s sticky bonds by learning innovative sewing and folding techniques to make a set of entirely glue-free book structures. In this virtual workshop, we will begin with the basic 8-fold and 3-hole pamphlet stitch, and move up to the more complex crown book, fishbone, and accordion with removable covers. After completing 6–8 non-adhesive books, we will make a custom-fit non-adhesive box in which to store them. Continue reading “Non-Adhesive Books in a Non-Adhesive Box”

Introduction to Marbling: November

with Michelle Blodgett
Saturday, November 12; 10am–4pm CT

Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with this single-day, in-person workshop! Learn the basic process of paper marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to be used in bookbinding and other arts. Continue reading “Introduction to Marbling: November”