Free First Saturday: Book Worms

Walker Art Center
Saturday, October 1, 2022
10am–3pm CT

Explore the playful and ingenious world of artists’ books at this Free First Saturday, celebrating the Walker’s Rosemary Furtak Artist Book Collection. Learn about bookmaking techniques with MCBA teaching artists, join the Hosmer Library Teen Tech Squad to create your own zine, and enjoy a visit to the Walker Art Center Library to discover a new side of books.

Artmaking Activity: Make a Letterpress Print
Try your hand at letterpress printing with artist Kerri Sandve and Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). After creating a print, take a look at MCBA’s wood type collection and arrange type into words and short phrases. Don’t forget to return at the end of your visit to pick up your print!

Artmaking Demonstration: Paper Marbling Magic
Experience the magic of marbling firsthand with artist Michelle Blodgett and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Paper marbling involves making intricate and colorful patterns with paint on the surface of a vat of carrageen, which is water thickened with a seaweed additive. Like magic, these patterns are then transferred to paper. Watch as the artist creates marbled paper, then explore further resources on the process of paper marbling.

Artmaking Activity: Zine Squad
Join forces with Hosmer Library’s Teen Tech Squad to self-publish your own zines and artist books.

Visit the Walker Art Center Library
The Walker’s library is open! Browse our art book “petting zoo” and meet artfully designed books. Enter the library through the Art Lab, on the lower level.

Watch a Short Film
Stop by the Bentson Mediatheque in the Main Lobby to watch Beyond the Book, a short film exploring the world of a vast and wonderful library. The film will loop throughout the day. Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. This is a relaxed screening appropriate for all ages.

Free First Saturday also features free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month. Gallery admission tickets are available on-site on the event day from the Main Lobby desk; quantities are limited.

Photo credit: Galen Fletcher for Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.