Pre-Xerox Copier Technology & DIY Publishing

with Rich Dana
Saturday, July 23; 10am–4pm CT

This in-person workshop explores pre-Xerox copier technology and how contemporary artists and writers can use these low-cost techniques to publish editions of zines, chapbooks, prints, and flyers. We’ll begin by examining the history of office copying technology and how marginalized creators adopted these techniques in the early 20th century. Next, we’ll dive into demos of making master sheets, operating vintage copiers, and creating your own simple copiers from off-the-shelf materials. Finally, participants will have full access to all of the materials and equipment to create their own editions with guidance from the instructor. We will explore hectography (gelatin printing), mimeography (stencil printing), and spirit duplication (alcohol transfers, also known as “ditto”).

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$150/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 materials fee
$85 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 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 7/18 at midnight (CT).