Session: Advanced Print Shop, After-School Spring 2021; Own Your Voice, After-School Spring 2021
Artists: 7 girls
Materials: Chipboard, glue, fabric, beeswax thread, bonefolder, (for books); Xerox machine, gluesticks, scissors, magazines, pen, white paper, colored paper (for zines)
In Advanced Print Shop this spring, our teen artists (including our artists-in-residence, Laila and Malaya) each focused on curating a book from their existing multimedia portfolio. With the guidance of instructors Yétundé Olagbaju and Emily Pilloton-Lam, they experimented with cyanotype and block printing, and with the expertise of guest instructor Jesi Guiterriez, they learned different bookbinding techniques: curation, stitching, and the construction of a bookbox.
Meanwhile, in “Own Your Voice”—Girls Garage’s first writing class—three teen writers worked on writing, designing, and publishing their own zines. Using a mixture of writing exercises—letters, erasure poetry, sonnets, collage—they assembled a portfolio of work, which they then organized into an 8-page zine. Using a mixture of the risograph printer and the Xerox machine, they printed 15 copies of their zines in different inks and colored paper.