Artist’s Books: The Personal as Political

with Maureen Cummins
Thursdays: August 11, 18, 25; 6–8:30pm and Saturday, August 27; 10am–4pm CT

In this foursession workshop, participants will create a unique book or small edition of books —which can be later editioned—based on their own experience, a family story, or a generational story. The emphasis of the class will be on how personal experience connects to larger world events such as war, resettlement, and politics, or social justice issues such as race, class, and gender, etc. Using this project as a centerpoint, participants will be introduced to every aspect of bookmaking: conceptualization, design, typography, creative writing, letterpress printing, and hand binding. They will also receive handouts on resources and supplies, the history of the book, and book terminology. Please come with your ideas and source materials—text, photographs, family memorabilia, etc.—relating to a possible project.

Basic experience in book arts (binding and developing text and imagery for a project) is helpful, but not required. A materials fee covers basic materials and participants are welcome to acquire additional materials based on their project.

Some experience helpful
Certificate: 13.5 hours, Category B or C

$295/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 materials fee
$150 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated, have received a booster dose, and wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. Proof of vaccination must be received three days (72 hours) before the start of the workshop or enrollment is subject to cancellation with a full refund. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 8/5 at midnight (CT).