If you can stand to break your fingers out of the “hover over the keyboard” claw, Printmania might be able to teach you a few things.
“With Printmania we wanted to give a voice to Somerville’s smaller, homegrown, backdoor zine scene and comic printers,” says Meagan O’Brien, ArtsUnion coordinator with the Somerville Arts Council.
“This fair will definitely have a different vibe and presentation than your normal craft fairs.”
The event will feature a number of interactive tables where the screens attached to wooden frames and covered in paint, the keyboards have actual moving parts (one six-year-old called it an INSTA-PRINTER), and nothing is plugged in.
Event goers will be able to leave equipped with the skills and knowledge to make their own prints, zines, or any number of DIY paper goods.
Artist Megan Mary Creamer from the Washington Street Arts Center will be leading a table workshop on how to cut your own stencils for making zines. Once you have your stencils, you can move right on down to artist and zine-maker Marissa Falco‘s letter-writing table. She’ll have vintage typewriters with which you can work on your zine content and write postcards that you’ll be able to send free of charge. You’ll even learn how to put your book together with printmaker and bookbinder Catherine Aiello, who is leading a bookbinding workshop.
If you’re not quite ready to dive into the DIY-pool, you can always order off the menu at Fast Food Printing, where you can customize a t-shirt or poster and have it your way, or you can look for inspiration at the Papercut Zine Library‘s table.
No matter what, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the power of a pen, and next time your laser printer gets jammed, you’ll be the cool one in the corner staying calm and typewriting on.
SAT 7.7.12, 3-7PM
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