This class will offer an introduction to developing a studio practice based in publishing and book making. Students will learn various digital and analog tools necessary to the process of making their own zine and book projects. Through demonstrations and assignments, the course will cover design, printing, binding, and finishing techniques in the creation and construction of printed matter related to students’ practices. Assignments will be supported by slideshows of artists’ publishing projects and optional readings (this is a course on books, after all!). Students will come away from the course with a bookmaking and DIY self-publishing toolkit to apply to their own creative practice.
Alex Arzt is an Oakland based interdisciplinary artist who uses photography, video, collaboration, publishing, and installation to investigate what “getting back to nature” can mean in the age of human-made ecological crises. In 2018, she was awarded grants from The Puffin Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation, and she is an Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts. Her publishing projects have been stocked at Artbook @ MoMA PS1, Printed Matter, The Hammer Museum Store, and Motto Berlin. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught in the Art Foundations and Photography & Film Departments. She has attended residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, PLAYA Summer Lake, Hambidge Center, A-Z West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mildred’s Lane, and This Will Take Time.View Gallery »