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
Past event / Recordings available in the Library

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



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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


A recording of these events will be available soon!
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.