Speakers

Watermarks in Handmade Paper: Modern and Historic

Tom Bannister will present 17 watermarked sheets—5 formed on historic moulds and 12 contemporary papers. Numerous techniques will be represented, including light-and-shade, wire, stencil, photo silkscreen, and puffy paint. Tom is executive director of the non-profit publisher, HAND PAPERMAKING. — Saturday, 9:30 – 10:00 am

The New Scroll

Leslie Nobler will investigate the traditional format of the scroll in light of 21st century technologies and rediscovered approaches that incorporate the written word. She will highlight examples of artists who use techniques tying their work to “ancient” methods and materials. Leslie creates artist’s books, surface design, and unique prints. —Saturday, 10:15 – 10:45 am

Panel: Book Arts and Social Activism

As part of the panel discussion, Robert Peters will discuss how the book format enabled people who feel on the fringes of society to tell their stories. “Open Books” involved people living with Fibromyalgia who created prints about their experiences. “Don’t Judge a Book” was an intercultural project that explored cultural stereotypes. Robert — Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Panel: Book Arts and Social Activism

As part of the panel discussion, Irene Chan will present “Activating Books to Outside the Margin” to share and discuss her books and how she uses them to tell personal stories of cultural identity. Her artist books are sculptural, can change into installation art, or serve as miniature stages by which to perform live oral storytelling. — Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Artists’ Books DC: How and Why Artists Do Research in Book Art Collections

Michelle Strizever is the creator of Artists’ Books DC, a guide to collections of artist books in metropolitan Washington, DC. She will introduce artists to this resource, discuss collections in the area, and explore how and why artists should utilize this tool for research and marketing. —Sunday, 9:30 – 10:00 am

The Ground

Tate Shaw’s book and project, “The Ground” addresses landscapes where the footprint of the energy industry is highly visible. He will share a process for printing digital photographs with water-soluble ink, as well as images of geothermal plants, abandoned sulfur wells, sites of hydrofracking, and an ongoing underground fire in abandoned coal mine tunnels. —Sunday, 10:15 – 10:45 am

Ink, Paper and Block from Alien Weeds

Patterson Clark will discuss how harvesting exotic invasive vegetation can yield an inexhaustible supply of high quality fibers for papermaking, inks for printing, and woodblocks for letterpress, while at the same time freeing up space for the return of native flora and fauna. — Sunday, 11:00 – 11:30am

Panel: Book Arts and Social Activism

As part of the panel discussion, Tia Blassingame will examine how book arts can explore intersections of race, history, and perception in her talk “Despite Hostile Terrain: Artists Books as Witness to Racism”. She will share her books and art that combine screenprint, letterpress, and digital prints onto fabric. —Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm