Collecting & Creating Collage Assets

with Jennifer Price
Tuesday, July 23; 6:30–9pm CT

We can easily find or imagine collage in many applications—as content for artists’ books or graphic design, for eclectic endpapers or covers of handmade books, or to plot murals and textiles. Whether your collage practice is analog, digital, or a combination, you need assets—the materials you select and manipulate with your unique aesthetic in mind. During this virtual workshop, we will look closely at the collage asset itself by defining a strategy for sourcing found materials (like books/magazines, consumer packaging, and ephemera) and creating new ones (using techniques like mark-making, sewing, paper-weaving, and photography). First, we’ll reverse-engineer our individual collage practices by discussing how we go about acquiring assets and what those assets reveal about our histories and habits. Next, we will write “asset strategy” statements before following prompts to create or plan five to ten collage assets inspired by our opening idea swap.

Come with an interest in understanding one’s current or aspiring collage practice by examining how and why one acquires these material assets. Ideally, participants will be open to considering individual habits (like consumerism) and personal histories (both creative and familial), and how these may expand or limit collage practice.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 2.5 hours, Category B, C or D

$62/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$31 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own materials from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). 

Please note: Registration closes 7/19 at midnight (CT).