Seattle Art Book Fair


Seattle Art Book Fair presents Makeready 2021, a virtual event featuring over 35 artists, designers, printers, and publishers in a series of free 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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2021 Schedule

Makeready takes place over three weekends, each covering a different stage of the book making process:

May 14–15 / Week 1

Before a Book

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?
May 21–22 / Week 2

Making a Book

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?
May 28–29 / Week 3

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?

All events are free. Listed times are Pacific Standard Time. Videos will be live captioned.

Makeready Programming

Makeready features a variety of online programming: Conversations (panels of various experts and practitioners); Studio Visits (show-and-tells of new work or work-in-progress); Workshops (hands-on demonstrations); and Office Hours (open sessions where SABF organizers + guests offer feedback/advice on attendee projects).

About Seattle Art Book Fair

Makeready is a project of the Seattle Art Book Fair, a free, annual festival that celebrates independent, experimental publishing and book design. The fair features local, national, and international artists, designers, and organizations as well as a series of talks, lectures, and workshops. The fair is co-organized by Jayme Yen and Tom Eykemans, both of whom have worked in arts, design, education, nonprofits, and publishing for many years in Seattle, along with a dedicated team of volunteers and advisors.

Read an interview with Tom and Jayme at ARCADE Magazine here.

What are art books?

Art books are a broad category of publications by artists, designers, and makers that reflect on books as a medium and publishing as an artistic practice. Art books often combine type, images, and materials in thoughtful ways that push the possibilities of what books can be. They can take the familiar forms of paperbacks, hardcovers, magazines, journals, and zines. They can feature narrative, poetry, photography, and illustration. They can be handmade, offset-printed, letterpressed, photocopied, screen printed, or risographed. Or, they can take some surprising new form and feature an unexpected medium that allows one to experience the world in a wholly new way.


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

The organizers of the Seattle Art Book Fair and Makeready would like to acknowledge that this event is organized on the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe. We aim to honor these communities, past, present, and future.

Colophon: type is set in Chivo and Unna, courtesy Omnibus Type