Introduction to Artists' Books

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March 9th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Matt Runkle
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: March 9th, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: March 9th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

This workshop will begin with an overview of artists books including slides and physical samples followed up by a half hour discussion of the process of making the book. It will include a history and description of publishing and how it relates to the book artist's many roles: author, illustrator, editor, publisher, printer, and binder. 

The second hour of the course will involve learning and playing hands-on with different simple book models and structures. Before breaking for lunch each student will pick a model that they will then spend the afternoon filling with content.

After lunch, students will work with the instructor to add content to the book model they chose to focus on. The instructor will give various content adding/generation demos according to student needs, including collage, stenciling, image transfers, and others.    

The workshop will conclude with a mini-critique of each student's progress with discussion of strategies for furthering and expanding concepts developed during the class.

Materials to Bring: Two-three short quotes (no more than a couple sentences) or poems (4-6 lines) to be used as inspiration for your book; ideas; old magazines, books, and Xeroxes you might want to use; X-acto knife, if desired for detail cutting.

Workshop Fee (includes $25 materials fee): $150.00

Date & Time: Saturday, March 9, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Matt Runkle

Matt Runkle is a writer, cartoonist, printer, and book artist. His short fiction collection, The Story of How All Animals Are Equal & Other Tales, was published in 2014 by Brooklyn Arts Press. His writing has also appeared in MonkeybicycleThe CollagistBeecher’smatchbook, and BOMB. He is creator of the zine, RUNX TALES, and was a resident at the Cartoon Art Museum. His comics have been anthologized in Gay Genius (Sparkplug Comic Books, 2011) and Rob Kirby’s THREE. A member of the board of directors of the College Book Art Association, he has exhibited letterpress work at venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Compound Gallery, and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, where it was included in SGC International’s 2014 Queer Communities in Print portfolio exchange. He has read and performed at spaces varying from SOMArts to Unnameable Books to Headlands Center for the Arts. His new artist's book, titled Catholics, is a limited-edition memoir composed of drawings, collage, and letterpress-printed prose. The winner of a Caxton Club Grant, it is included in permanent collections at the Newberry Library and the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. He teaches workshops in letterpress, zines, comics, sequential collage, and other modes of writing for visual and material genres.

Past Student Reviews:

“It really was an introduction! I had no previous experience and was delighted that I left with four different models I can work with on future projects -- all doable. Also, I liked the great overview of history/development of artist books, along with a nice range of examples.”

“Excellent workshop! It is my first workshop at SFCB and I will definitely watch for opportunities to take others in future.”

“Matt helped me work out another way of something that wasn't part of the original model and also offered great suggestions.”

375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States