Experimental Art and Zine-Making

with Elam Bonebright
Thursday, May 6; 4:30–6:30pm CT

In this rigorous two-hour workshop, experiment and play with a series of generative written and visual exercises focused on making zines. Discuss various formats for zines and strategies for using content, sequence, and medium to convey an idea to the viewer/reader.

We will tell stories in shapes and write our biographies from junk mail. We will draw with toothbrushes and ponder what it means to self-publish (or not publish) a secret. Exercises will move quickly in an effort to get ideas on paper, but participants are encouraged to move at their own pace. Digital worksheets will be available for each exercise.

Elam Bonebright (she/her) is deeply in love with ink and paper, and consistently searching for new ways of mark-making. Her art is process-driven and often grows from personal challenges that she gives herself to stay motivated. She also likes to branch out of her wheelhouse and explore uncommon mediums to incorporate into her work, like mechanical components, or insect wings. To learn more click here.

All skill levels welcome!
Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$25 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
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.

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 supplies 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 5/2 at midnight (CT).