Learn to make books with Yuchen! This can be done with whatever you have on hand. We want to exercise a coordination: between the structure of bindings and the structure of ideas, between the texture of paper and the texture of feelings, between the material aspects of artists’ books and the conceptual potentials—hands and hearts are each other’s teacher.
In lieu of Printed Matter / St Marks’ monthly bookmaking workshops, we are launching a regular series of online bookmaking tutorials led by Printed Matter staff Chang Yuchen, an artist, experienced bookmaker, and co-author of Book Book / 书书. The tutorials will be available on Printed Matter / St Marks’ IGTV and on our youtube channel.
Hidden Book: how to make a book with one sheet of paper?
Grain Direction: go with the flow (of paper)
3 Hole Pamphlet: a simple lovely thing
We’ve invited a group of artist publishers—Temporary Services, Mirjam Wirz, Elektra KB, Yusuf Hassan, and Authentic Creations Publishing Apothecary—to share new videos giving insight into their practice. The artists address and demonstrate the power of self-publishing as a device for activism and education, calling attention to the particular perspectives and stories that have been important to their work.
Marc Fischer and Brett Bloom of Temporary Services & Half Letter Press review their over 20 year history of self-publishing and their ambition to approach art as a collective service to the public. They speak to the community surrounding self-publishing and how they have managed to collaborate from afar and sustain their output in the past months. Yusuf Hassan discusses his artistic practice, including upcoming projects, the foundation of his imprint BlackMass Publishing, and the influences of jazz and collaboration in his work. Mirjam Wirz presents her serial photobook project Sonidero City that reflects networks and narratives around the lives of Cumbia DJs—Sonideros—in Mexico. She emphasizes the value of organic connections as an outcome of her work and describes the creative freedom derived from circulating her books outside of mainstream publishing. kuwa jasiri Indomela walks us through the meaning and creation of Authentic Creations Publishing Apothecary’s zines, how to make them, and the role they play in amplifying marginalized narratives and offering accessible education to all. Elektra KB talks about their body of work and the possibilities self-publishing and zine making introduce to exchange ideas and offer a platform to underrepresented narratives. Elektra also speaks to the current pressure of productivity and the continued divide between humanity and capitalism, where our perceived existence remains tied to our economic value.
Marc Fischer and Brett Bloom of Temporary Services
Mirjam Wirz of Sonidero City
kuwa jasiri* of authentic creations publishing apothecary
Yusuf Hassan of BlackMass Publishing
The Political Possibilities of Self-Publishing
Self-publishing continues to be accessible and diverse in its scope of artists, material, and audience. Approachable book formats and printing methods such as zines, comics, xerox copies, and risograph can mean lower costs and quicker production timelines, allowing artists to bypass commercial publishers and take control of their message and output.
Self-publishing then can serve as a tool for activism and political possibilities, disseminating countercultural ideas to a large audience. This system strengthens the intimate relationship between the published object and its producer, as the author bears the brunt of production and circulation costs in exchange for creative control and direct access to their public.
The democratic approach of self-publishing offers an important and effective platform for activists to circulate information and ideas that media outlets tend to dismiss and ignore. Artists and activists have utilized self-publishing to access alternative channels to educate and inform, while empowering those who seek nonconformist narratives and see a gap in public space and representation that they are eager to fill.
Center for Book Arts Online Classes & Programs
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program Live Demo Series
San Francisco Center for the Bookbinding Workshops
Printed Matter Printing & binding resources
Spudnik Press Survivalist Bookmaking
Dieu Donné Remote & Online Learning
ICP Online Education
Brooklyn Museum Mini Art Lessons
Museum of Arts and Design Online Learning
Asia Art Archive Teaching Materials
Pioneer Works Classes