Seattle Art Book Fair



May 2021

Makeready was a free 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.

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The Seattle Art Book Fair is organized by volunteers, powered by Shunpike, and supported by 4Culture.

Seattle Art Book Fair presents
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Week 1 / May 14–15

Before a Book

Makeready Week 1

Everything that happens as a book project is conceived. What inspires artists/designers to use this form? What about the form of the book lends itself to artistic and experimental expression? And for those new to the field, where should they look for inspiration and what do they need to get started?

Friday, May 14



A recording of this event will be available soon!
Jeffrey L. Cheatham II (moderator) / Seattle

Jeffrey L. Cheatham II is an award-winning children’s book author and creator of the Seattle Urban Book Expo, an organization that wants to provide a platform for Black and Brown authors to showcase their literary work.

Chris Moody / Eugene, OR

Chris Moody started horse gurl press in 2015 as a platform to publish zines about queerness, nature, and life in the 20th/21st century. Focused on reusing/recycling materials and pushing out vivid thoughts; horse gurl press zines are all about sharing love, dreamy visuals, and a tale of the times. <3

Ingrid Schindall / Fort Lauderdale, FL

IS Projects is a public access printmaking and book arts studio located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to a fine art gallery, the studio houses letterpress, fine art printmaking and book arts equipment.

Meshell Sturgis / Lakewood, WA

Meshell Sturgis has a BA in English with a Creative Writing minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington at Bothell. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate and Instructor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle, the title of her dissertation is "The Political Aesthetics of Black Girl Magic: Self-Representation in Alternative Media" where . . .she looks at representations of difference in comic books, artist books, and in the digital realm. You can find her writing in edited collections such as Race and Media: Critical Approaches (2020), peer-reviewed journals, and online with New Archives, The Black Embodiment Studio, and Art Practical.

Saturday, May 15

Studio Visits


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10am: Paper Press Punch / Seattle

Paper Press Punch is a small Risograph print and book studio run by artists Jessica Hoffman and Justin Quinlan. Our community focused studio offers artists the opportunity to learn all about . . .the quirkiness of the Risograph duplicator through workshops, open studio hours, and Zine of the Month Club. In addition to working with artists, we’ve collaborated with Short Run Seattle, Foundry10, yəhaw̓ Collective, Mount Analogue, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, and many other local organizations to produce unique books and prints.

11am: ZAPP Zine Collection / Seattle

The Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP) was a volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving and promoting self-publishing in Seattle and beyond. ZAPP collected more than 30,000 zines, minicomics and other . . .self-published and small press titles, which were donated to Seattle Public Library by Richard Hugo House in 2017. Abby Bass (Humanities) and Shelley Mastalerz (Teen Services) are two librarians who work closely with this collection at SPL’s Central branch.

12pm: Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection / Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Catherine Alice Michaelis has been exploring what an artist book can be for over 30 years. She works with antique printing presses, moveable type, and any printable medium she finds, including: paper, fabric, film, magnets, and veneer to summon a dialog with . . .Nature. Michaelis sews unique works on fabrics that intimately explore gender, ageism, and memory loss. In addition to her studio practice, Michaelis works with Cynthia Sears with acquisitions, and curating this international artist’s books collection for the Sherry Grover Gallery at Bainbridge island Museum of Art. Together they've begun a video series titled, "Artist's Books Unshelved." In this series of short thematic episodes, Michaelis' shows works from the Cynthia Sears Artist's Books Collection.

1pm: Brick Press / Vancouver, BC

Ryan Smith is a Vancouver-based artist and offset press operator and is the co-founder of Brick Press. Brick Press is a publisher and offset printing studio that provides a platform for Canadian and international artists. Smith's practice is informed through . . .a seven-year and ongoing mentorship with senior offset press operator Robert Denholm. In his printing studio and with his A.B. Dick 9805 two-colour offset press, Smith has accumulated over 4000 hours of guided and unguided press time. Trade printing training informs his studio work and helps him reinterpret the essential service and interrogate the intersections between art and the "print shop" in hopes of productively degrading the downplayed role of producer.

Saturday, May 15


“What Makes a Book a Book?”
Fillip/New Documents / Los Angeles

In this Workshop we will discuss the material and conceptual considerations of a book. Publisher Jeff Khonsary will present forthcoming projects and discuss the considerations that go into the conceiving, designing, printing, and distributing a book. Jeff is . . .a Los Angeles-based editor, curator, and designer. He co-founded and is the Artistic Director at Fillip, a Vancouver-based arts publishing organization begun in 2004, and Director at New Documents, a book imprint focusing on books by artists launched in 2012. In 2018, he co-founded the Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market and served as Guest Curator of the Vancouver Art Book Fair. Khonsary has co-organized several international conferences including Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism (2009) and Institutions by Artists (2012)—both with accompanying anthologies published by Fillip—and has collaborated on projects with authors and artists including Lucy R. Lippard, Pope.L, Ruth van Beek, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Mark Manders, Susanne Kriemann, and Maria Fusco, among many others.

Saturday, May 15

Office Hours

feat. Emily Zimmerman  

In the middle of a project or starting something new? Join SABF co-founders Tom Eykemans and Jayme Yen and special guest Emily Zimmerman (Director, Jacob Lawrence Gallery and Founding Editor, Monday Journal, Seattle, WA) for an open session offering feedback and advice for publishing projects at all stages.

Emily Zimmerman is a curator and writer based in Seattle. In 2017 she became . . .Director + Curator of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design. Prior to joining the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Emily served as the Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, and she began her curatorial career as the Assistant Curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). Emily’s writing has appeared in BOMB and Contemporary Performance, and she has served on review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, New York State Council on the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Herb Alpert Awards, among others.

Past event / Recordings available in the Library

Week 2 / May 21–22

Making a Book

Makeready Week 2

The book-in-progress. What are the physical differences between a book, a zine, or a book-like thing? How do type and layout shape the way a publication is understood? When does format and material become as much content as text and image?

Friday, May 21



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Robert Baxter (moderator) / Seattle
Independent designer, writer, bookmaker, and archivist. Works with words and objects—onto paper and back again.

Jakelen Diaz / Portland, OR
The mission of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) is to provide affordable access to space, tools, and resources for creating independently published media and artwork, and to build community and identity through the creation of written and visual art.

Mimi Jaffe + Rain Sissel / Seattle
Mundane Fantasy is a Seattle-based biannual publication that features narrative, poetry and art comix. We offer artist features, limited edition prints, and short-run merchandise featuring both emerging and established local artists. Mundane Fantasy is a risograph zine printed locally by ANEMONE. Straying from . . .the traditional newspaper comix format, we seek to create something lasting that can withstand everyday wear-and-tear, and live among other zines on a bookshelf or coffee table.

Lucas Reif + Austin White / Chicago

Shelf Shelf is the Chicago-based publishing imprint and collaborative graphic design practice of Lucas Reif and Austin White. Recent editions published by Shelf Shelf include Jamais vu and ON / Rules. Shelf Shelf has collaborated with artists including . . .Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, Jonas Becker, Maria Gaspar, and Josh Rios. Lucas Reif holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Visual and Critical Studies. His writing has appeared in Fabric Journal, the Courtroom Artist Residency Report, and Minding Nature Journal. Austin White holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He works as a Designer for the Leo Burnett Department of Design.

Saturday, May 22

Studio Visits


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10am: Cold Cube Press / Seattle

We are a Risograph publishing and printing company specializing in Art Books, abstract comics, poetry, and everything in between. Each year we put out an anthology of artists from all over the world, working in a variety of mediums.

11am: Division of Design, University of Washington / Seattle

The Division of Design at the University of Washington offers BDes degrees in Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design, and an MDes degree in Design. The mission of the program is to advance the field of design through research, practice, and education. We enable the creation of . . .innovative products, services, and communications that address society’s most pressing issues, including environmental sustainability, education, healthcare, and economic and social justice. The programs promote a collaborative, diverse, and pragmatic approach to design that prepares students to thrive and lead in a world of rapid technological and cultural change.

12pm: Polymode Studio / Inglewood, CA / Raleigh, NC
Polymode is a studio that leads the edge of contemporary graphic design through poetic research, learning experiences, and making cool shit for clients in the cultural sphere, innovative businesses, and community-based organizations. Our specialties include books, curation, education, . . .exhibition, identities, interfaces, publications, visual design, websites, workshops, and writing. We operate between the complexity of designed systems and lived experience—our core principles of visual expression, media adaptability, and typographic function. As a bi-coastal, LGBTQ+, and Minority-owned studio with offices in Inglewood, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina, Polymode ignites change to create social and sustainable impact. We operate with the ethos of Studio as family.

1pm: Moniker Press / Vancouver, BC

Moniker Press is a risograph print and publishing studio in Vancouver, BC (Canada), that works collaboratively with artists and writers to produce small editions of books, zines and print ephemera. Join us for the second screening of How-to-Zine; a video . . .compilation created by Moniker Press and Hue Nguyen with community contributions as a resource for inspiration and process, encapsulating the multitude of practices that can be utilized to create a zine!

Saturday, May 22



“Introduction to DIY Art Book Making”
Ho Tam / Vancouver, BC

In this workshop, we will look at the making of an art book from conception to completion. Beginning with a one-sheet booklet, the participants will be introduced to various art book and zine making techniques. There will be hands-on demos of various DIY methods — something that one can create unique work with simple tools. Printing, production process and other possibilities will be discussed in the workshop. We will also explore . . .where to find ideas and inspirations, through looking at a collection of interesting books. (Participants are welcome to bring in their own projects to share and discuss.)

Suggested materials for the course:
• Some paper (construction paper, sketching paper, or copy paper)
• Scissors or X-acto knife
• Ruler
• Stapler
• Pencils or pens
• Old magazines (for collage use)

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and the U.S. and worked in advertising companies and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He practices in multiple disciplines including photography, video, painting and print media. In 1993, Tam made his first book The Yellow Pages, and since then has been actively involved in bookmaking. He currently runs a gallery/bookshop in Vancouver, Canada and operates his own independent press Hotam Press, publishing several series of artist's books and zines. Tam is an alumnus of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, Bard College (MFA) and the recipients of various fellowships and artist's grants.

Saturday, May 22

Office Hours


feat. Michael Ellsworth

In the middle of a project or starting something new? Join SABF co-founders Tom Eykemans and Jayme Yen with Michael Ellsworth for an open session offering feedback and advice for publishing projects at all stages.

For all the complex ways you can push boundaries, Michael has always kept it very simple: find the . . .creative idea at the core of the story, question or experience—and then let it lead you to the next one. Over the last decade, this has been the central element of Ellsworth’s eclectically driven career, bringing together work as a creative director, producer, curator and public programmer. Michael continues to stay on the path of ideas that matter in this unique moment—and the next.

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Week 3 / May 28–29

After a Book

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?

Friday, May 28



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Colleen Louise Barry / Seattle
Colleen Louise Barry is an artist and writer. She runs the interdisciplinary publishing projects Mount Analogue and Angel Tears and was the editor-in-chief of Gramma Press. Her first book of poems, COLLEEN, is due out from After Hrs this year.

Sharon Blake / Seattle

Sharon Blake is the CEO of Life Chronicles Publishing, a Huffington Post Contributor for three years, full-time professional writer for eight years, Best Selling Author of Chronicles of Pain: Leaving the Pain of the Past Behind, 20 Beautiful Women Vol 2, The Thought Detox: Breaking Free from a Negative Thought Life, and I Am Beautiful: The Evolution of Beauty. Also, she has appeared on . . .TBN's KTBW Seattle/Tacoma and OCN television network shows. Her education consists of a degree in Human Service Management and studies in Chemical Dependency through the State of Washington. Her passion for starting her own publishing company flourished because she desired to participate in the healing process by sharing real-life stories. Sharon knows first-hand that writing supports a healthy thought life and this is why she is passionate about writing and publishing all genres of books.

Hannah Pierce / Brooklyn, NY

Hannah Pierce is the director at Small Editions, a book studio and artist book publishing house. Since 2012, Small Editions has collaborated with over 20 contemporary artists to publish bookworks and artists books that unite interdisciplinary practices with book arts. Their publications can be found in the collections at the MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, SAIC, Tufts University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Cornell University, and Cranbrook Art Museum, among others.

Paul Shortt (moderator) / Gainesville, FL

Paul Shortt received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has participated in over 80 group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has participated in . . .the Printed Matter Art Book Fair’s in New York City, NY and Los Angeles, CA in addition to art book fairs in Vienna, Austria, Detroit, MI, Kansas City, MO, Cincinnati, OH and Baltimore, MD. His artist books are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and Yale University. Shortt is currently based Gainesville, Florida.

Saturday, May 29

Studio Visits


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10am: Push/Pull / Seattle

Maxx 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 Studios / Tieton, WA

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 / Seattle

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. The legacy of that program lives on in Partners in Print today.

1pm: Cornish College of the Arts / Book Arts / Seattle

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.

Saturday, May 29



“Risograph Zine Making from Start to Finish”
ANEMONE / Seattle

Learn risograph zine making from start to finish, with Amelia and Adam Greenhall from ANEMONE and Brighton and Derek Ballard of Risogeist.
• Using basic, free tools like Spectrolite, we’ll turn a PDF into print-ready files to make a simple zine.
• Next, let’s risograph print, and turn the prints into a book! Collate, cut, trim, fold, assemble and . . .bind, with lots of practical tips. 
• Plus: design considerations for riso! Paper, inks, margins, smudging, costs. How to figure out the size of your print run! How to make it cheaper! Simpler! How to find places to get your riso prints made! 

ANEMONE is a collaboration and artist initiative by Amelia Greenhall and Adam Greenhall, based in Seattle. We work on a wide range of things: publishing, sewing pattern production, printing, consulting, research, software development, design, mapmaking, and other projects in the studio. We've also been making Spectrolite, a desktop app to help make colorful risograph prints and zines more easily!

Saturday, May 29

Office Hours


feat. Knox Gardner 

In the middle of a project or starting something new? Join SABF co-founders Tom Eykemans and Jayme Yen with Knox Gardner for an open session offering feedback and advice for publishing projects at all stages.

June 5–6

Gift Shop Pop-Up

Sat 10–8pm
Sun 10–5pm
Announcing the Seattle Art Book Fair Pop-Up exhibit and book sale at the Gift Shop in Chinatown/ID! Featuring books, zines, comics, and fundraiser editions the first weekend of June. More details soon! The Gift Shop is hosting an entire month of book-themed pop-ups throughout June, called PAGES.