Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Columbia College Library and The Aesthetics of Research Project, which is dedicated to exploring the role libraries play in the creative process, announces its third annual Little Indie Press Festival on Friday, October 20th, from 4pm-7pm (during the Wabash Arts Crawl). Featuring many manifestations of Independent publishing, including indie literature, comics, zines, and book arts, the festival seeks to bring together all manner of publishers under one roof to celebrate the spirit of independent publishing, including a publisher’s showcase, readings, zine making and more.    

We are currently accepting table registrations in our Publisher's Showcase for participating presses, artists, publications, and organizations Registration is free of charge, but table space is limited, so apply early to make sure you get a spot. We welcome participants from all corners of the independent publishing world, including small presses/serial publications, zinesters, undergrounds comics, and book artists. While preference will be given to those publisher’s and organizations that are in some way Columbia-affiliated, all Chicago-area community publications and organizations are invited to take part. Please apply by October 15th here:

Uncanny Specimens | Christina Bothwell


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

HowTo Tuesday | Making and Manipulating Marionettes


Making and Manipulating Marionettes is a superb guide to a craft and performance art that has fascinated audiences for over 2,000 years. Handsomely illustrated throughout, it presents precise instructions for the making of marionettes, both for plays and for acts in the variety tradition. All aspects of marionette design, construction, and control are covered, and there are rare insights into specialized designs and stringing techniques. Contents include an introduction to the marionette tradition and the principles and practicalities of marionette design; advice on materials and methods for carving, modeling, and casting puppet parts; detailed explanations for marionette control, stringing, and manipulation; step-by-step instructions for the construction and jointing of human and animal marionettes; and professional secrets for achieving a wide range of special effects

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Thursday, September 7, 2017


This semester, we are joining Library As Incubator's BOOK TO ART Club. Our first book? Grimm's Fairytales! The perfect set of tales for your autumn bookworm tendencies. On November 8th, we'll be getting together to talk about what we've read and work on art projects inspired by the tales! We'll also be pulling together our own handmade volume featuring the tales and attendant artwork, which we'll be working on through the rest of the academic year.
!) hunt down a copy of Grimm Tales (an edition will do..) We have a few in the library or available through Interlibrary Loan.
2) brainstorm some creative project ideas as you read
3) Come to our READ, TALK, MAKE session on November 8th to discuss & play with some techniques and work on projects...