Seattle Art Book Fair presents Makeready 2021, a virtual event featuring over 35 artists, designers, printers, and publishers in a series of online conversations, studio visits, and workshops that explore the process of making an art book from start to finish. Makeready speakers will share a wide variety of work—from personal zines to one-of-a-kind artists’ books; from trade art/literary books to contemporary art editions.
May 29: Studio Visits
The theme for the final week of Makeready, After a Book, focuses on how a book gets into the world. What are different methods for printing and binding a publication? What is the role of a publisher? How do artistic and experimental publications find their audiences? Join us on Saturday, May 29 for 4 free virtual studio visits with arts organizations who bring words to life.
Studio Visits are casual show-and-tells and a great opportunity to watch and learn directly from the artists, designers, printers, and creators behind the books! Each visit is one hour and includes an audience Q&A. You may attend any or all studio visits — the registration link is the same for all.
All events will take place over Zoom and will be live captioned.
10am — Push/Pull
Maxx Follis-Goodkind is a Seattle interdisciplinary artist, illustrator, curator, event planner, community organizer, and designer. Her work is rooted in intersectional feminism and community. She is the Director of Push/Pull, an artist cooperative gallery and community space in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle supporting the work of over 200 artists per year. Additionally, she is the Program Director of Greater Ballard Arts and produces the monthly Ballard Night Out (temporarily paused). Maxx is a teaching artist and helping others express themselves creatively is a fundamental part of her own artistic process.
11am — Marquand Editions / Paper Hammer Studio
Ed Marquand started what is now Lucia|Marquand in 1978. Since then, the company has produced books for over 300 museums, many galleries, artists, architects, and designers. He started Marquand Editions ten years ago to create handmade art books for existing and new customers. These collaborations have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Library of Congress, and many other collections.
12pm — Partners in Print
Partners in Print brings people together by using old printing presses to amplify new voices, share knowledge, and spark creativity. Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts (SVC) spawned a thriving letterpress program and a beloved community of printers. The secret to their success? Community engagement, a respect for craft, and a focus on collaboration. Jenny Wilkson and Sukhie Patel will ink up the press and share how the legacy of that program lives on in PiP today.
1pm — Cornish College of the Arts / Book Arts
Dan D Shafer is a graphic designer, artist and educator living and working in Seattle, WA. He owns Dandy Co., a graphic design studio specializing in book design, environmental design, and event branding and promotion. Clients include Kronos Quartet, American Cancer Society, Salish Lodge, Herman Miller, and Pratt Fine Arts Center. He is also the Creative Director at Chin Music Press and an instructor in the Design department at Cornish College of the Arts. He is currently working to release a custom baseball scorebook.
About Seattle Art Book Fair
Seattle is renowned for its contributions to the arts and cultural communities. It has a long history of supporting books and publishing which led to it being named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. The Seattle Art Book Fair is modeled after the original New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs (established in 2004 and 2014, respectively), which are run by Printed Matter. Seattle will join a growing number of independent art book fairs on the west coast including the Vancouver Art Book Fair (est. 2006) and the San Francisco Art Book Fair (est. 2016).