The Book as Democratic Multiple: Online Workshop with Willa Goettling
THE BOOK AS DEMOCRATIC MULTIPLE
with Willa Goettling
A three-week online seminar held over Zoom.
Sundays: December 5, 12, and 19, 2021
In this online series, participants will learn about the history of the book as a political tool while practicing hands-on approaches to home publishing.
The series is inspired by the term “democratic multiple.” This term gained popularity in the 1960s, coinciding with the Civil Rights Movement and a growing public distrust of traditional art institutions. A driving force behind the democratic multiple was the idea that artists could spread works widely and cheaply via artists’ books, zines, and other publications. The democratic multiple has since empowered organizers and artists alike to produce and circulate works within their communities, helping to de-center major art institutions and other creative gatekeepers.
Each workshop will begin with the discussion of readings pertaining to the history of—and conceptual approaches to—small press and self-publishing. In response to readings, participants will then be led through a series of book and printmaking exercises. The series will emphasize the use of eco-friendly and easily accessible materials. Participants will leave each workshop with an increased conceptual and technical understanding of home publishing to expand their own art practice.
The series welcomes people of all artistic backgrounds and skill levels. Participants will not be expected to follow all demonstrations in real time, however a material list for each class will be sent before the start of the series, should the desire exist.
* Limited to 15 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Willa Goettling is an artist and educator whose work investigates corporeality and ecology. Goettling received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago (2019) and BA in Medical Anthropology & Global Health from the University of Washington (2016). While at Columbia, she worked as a Print Production Fellow for the Journal of Artists' Books, and received an Albert P. Weisman Award for her MFA thesis. She has received scholarships to study book and paper at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2019) and Wells Book Arts Summer Institute (2017). She’s currently the Education Coordinator at Dieu Donné Paper Mill and a temporary In-house Printer for the Center for Artistic Activism.