Culture Connect Featured Event
Are you a book lover or crafty person who would like to learn how to make your own unique publications? Then join Franklin Street Works and artist Emily Larned for a free, public bookbinding workshop on Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm where you will learn simple, non-adhesive book structures that are easily made without special materials or tools. These basic handmade books can be made as editions or as handmade works of art. This event is part of Strange Invitation programming and is inspired by Franklin Street Works’ Reanimation Library branch, which features a physical collection of rare books that have fallen out of routine circulation.
Although the handmade book no longer serves its responsibility of recording the knowledge of humanity, it retains other qualities that it has always had: a book is portable and requires no batteries or power, and a photocopied edition can be made inexpensively and distributed in public space anonymously. A book is finished in a moment in time, and is a great vehicle for aesthetic exploration, sharing of ideas, storytelling, and good old self-expression. “And maybe there’s also something to the fact that there will never be an untold number of other people accessing it at the same time,” Larned says. “It is limited and finite and physically inhabits the world – just like us.”