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 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.