Wabi-Sabi Mixed-Media Books

with Emma Freeman
Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20; 6:30–8pm CT

In this virtual workshop, explore the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi through mixed-media artmaking techniques that will culminate in the creation of book structures. Use paper and fabric, mark-making, printmaking, collage, dripping wax, and stitching to explore the qualities of wabi-sabi that include: simplicity, imperfection, mystery, subtlety, texture, impermanence, and earthiness. Through experimental techniques, beauty will reveal itself in unexpected places and offer new ways of creating art. Draw inspiration from images of weathered Japanese boro textiles, stoneware and earthenware pottery, and nature. This workshop blends tactile artmaking with philosophical reflections. There will be guided demonstrations, time to practice together, space to ask questions, and opportunities for conversation. No prior experience is necessary, but an interest in exploring intuitive ways of creating that are open, expressive, and not based on rigid rules is important.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 4.5 hours, Category B or D

$100/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$50 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 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 7/1 at midnight (CT).