Design Your Own Zine!
Learn to create your own mini-magazine of artwork and writing in this special workshop offered by Leeway Foundation, in partnership with the William Way Community Center, GALAEI, and hotpot!. Led by Canadian graphic artists Elisha Lim and Coco Riot the workshop takes place on Sunday December 4, 2011 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street). This workshop will be taught in English and Spanish.
Registration is required to attend this workshop. Please register online or call the office at 215.545.4078.
Leeway presents this special workshop in conjunction with a group exhibit at William Way curated by Eli J. VandenBerg also featuring Molly Landreth and Aiden Simon. The exhibit opens November 11 and closes December 31.
If you could make your own publication, what would it look like? Zines (pronounced zeens) are small-scale, low budget, limited edition mini-magazines which are usually produced on a photocopier instead of a printing press. Zines can be computer generated or handwritten and content can be wide-ranging from visual art, to poetry to essays. They can be a powerful tool for social change and artistic expression, encouraging active participation in the creation of one’s own culture, and independence from mainstream media. Join seasoned graphic artists and zine makers Elisha and Coco and learn some basic elements of page layout and design and a discussion of examples of successful layouts and engaging zines. Each participant will then have the chance to work on a zine project to app ly and practice some of the concepts they have learned. No experience necessary! Materials provided. Free, and open to the public.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Elisha is the author of 100 Butches, which is a genderbending comic with an introduction by Alison Bechdel and praise from Shary Boyle, Ivan E. Coyote and Michelle Tea. Elisha's work was voted best lesbian art on the authoritative queer site afterellen.com, and has been published in Bitch Magazine, Curve, Diva (UK), LOTL (Australia) and Xtra (Canada) and the first, groundbreaking anthology of American queer comics, Gay Genius. 100 Butches was the recipient of two major Canadian grants in 2010 and toured with the legendary Sister Spit caravan through 28 North American cities. In 2011 Elisha lectured on art and gender at the University of Toronto, Ryerson, Brock and Concordia Universities, and debuted as the first solo show of Allyson Mitchell's Feminist Art Gallery. Elisha will launch 100 Butches with Magnus Books in New York in December.
A queer anti-oppression immigrant artist, Coco Riot believes that art is not a tool for social change but social change itself. Loving wandering and exploring how the public sphere is related to our intimate feelings, they re-envision spaces of “belonging” in relation to urban landscapes, politics, history and personal experience, celebrating the creation of gaps, borderlands, words and beauty in which us, people marginalized because of our gender, race, nationality, ability, class, etc. build our own spaces of belonging. Their works are born from specific personal experiences extended as metaphors to speak to the public´s common experiences as social subjects. Coco Riot explores different visual media (video, silkscreening, installation) and they have a true passion for drawing.
Coco’s work has been shown in museums, galleries and festivals from New York to Barcelona, all through Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Berlin, Turin, Madrid and a lot of friends’ living rooms. Loving sharing their processes and art, Coco Riot is very often invited to present their work at Universities, congresses and community spaces (Concordia University, University of Ottawa, University of York, UQAM, Lakeshore University, etc), as well as to write articles for specialized publications and journals (Signs by University of Chicago Press, .DPI by Studio XX, etc).
Coco is the outreach coordinator of the artist-run center articule in Montreal and the graphic designer of the social graphic design studio The Public in Toronto, as well as the in-house cartoonist for Shameless Magazine (Toronto) and Femmes Plurielles (Belgium).
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