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 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



A recording of this event will be available soon!
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


A recording of these events will be available soon!

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.