“WE THINK THAT ART AND CULTURE, WHEN APPROACHED CRITICALLY, HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON SOCIETY. WE ATTEMPT TO BRING CONSCIOUSNESS ABOUT THE CURRENT SOCIAL SITUATION BY SHARING AND DISTRIBUTING KNOWLEDGE THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF TEMPORARY CULTURE, A CULTURE THAT IS DYNAMIC AND EVOLVES AS WE SPEAK. BEING CRITICAL is not only AN APPROACH. CRITICAL CULTURE FOR US IS A METAPHOR FOR A CRITICAL MOMENT ON A TIMELINE, A CRISIS BETWEEN POINTS OF VIEW, COLLISION OF TIMES AND SPACES. WE DEVELOP PROJECTS AND RESEARCHES WITH THE AIM OF REACHING OUT TO A MICRO / MEDIUM GEOGRAPHIC RANGE*, WANTING TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE ON A HUMAN-SIZE LEVEL THROUGH DISCUSSIONS AND COLLABORATIONS, AIMING TO SENSITISE AUDIENCES AND READERS TO NON CAPITALISTIC BODIES AND MINDS. WE BELIEVE IN A CULTURE THAT IS NOT ELITIST AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE FREE AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. WE LIKE TO INTERACT AND ENGAGE WITH RESEARCH, ATTEMPTING TO DO IT WITH CONSCIOUSNESS AND A CRITICAL MIND-SET.”
Workshops are a great way to get a first-hand introduction to the art of bookbinding and printmaking. Absolute beginners are more than welcome, and 3 workshops are offered: Introduction to Bookbinding: 1) Pamphlets; Stab Bindings, Concertinas; 2) Single Section Case Binding; 3) Exposed Spine Binding.
During these workshop participants will learn how to fold and manipulate, and will learn three versatile book structures – the pamphlet, the concertina, and the Japanese stab binding – which can be used to present work, to personalise and give as gifts, or as the basis for artists’ books. On completion of the workshops participants will leave with a set of their own books and the skills to make more at home using minimal equipment. Introduction to Bookbinding is the first in a three-part series of introductory bookbinding workshops.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to take all three workshops in order. Participants to Introduction to Bookbinding 2 will benefit from techniques learned in ‘1,’ and likewise participants to ‘3’ will benefit from techniques learned in ‘2.’ For a complete beginner, taking all three workshops in order will give a good foundation in bookbinding.