Generative Measures: Research and Writing for Artist’s Books

with Ellen Sheffield
Tuesdays: February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23; 6–8pm

This virtual workshop will focus on non-traditional approaches to developing original content for artist’s books. A wide range of research tools will first be demonstrated to jumpstart ideas for projects. From these research seeds, participants will respond to writing prompts and engage in experimental creative writing techniques to grow these ideas into prototypes for artist’s books.

Participants will learn how to add text to the pages of simple folded book structures, including alternative mark making, transfers, rub-on type, stencils, rubber stamps, and pressure printing. This workshop is for visual artists who want to expand their writing skills and for writers who want to explore the artist’s book as a time-based medium and go beyond their usual writing practice.

All skill levels welcome!
Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$216/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$108 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: For this highly 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. You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. Teaching artists will answer questions about the materials list in advance of the workshop.

Please note: Registration closes 2/8 at midnight (CST).