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Open House and Free Letterpress and Bookmaking Workshops
Saturday, June 18th, 2016 from 1 to 6 pm
at WePress in Vancouver’s Chinatown
#202 – 268 Keefer Street (in the mini-mall beside Hon’s on the 2nd floor)
details at www.wepress.ca
Join us for a fun afternoon at the WePress Community Makerspace where you can create books with Karen Ward, try our letterpress, and view Women’s Washroom, an art installation by Cara Seccafien. Snacks and drinks provided. Everyone welcome!
Karen Ward lives in the Downtown Eastside and is an artist and activist. Her work often incorporates the stuff that other people throw away: it is a grassroots approach to art that feeds her political work, and of course vice versa. She saw her first letterpress almost twenty years ago, and did academic work on the history of printing and bookmaking. Much of Ward’s work involves using old forms in new and unexpected ways.
Cara Seccafien has contributed to several organizations in Vancouver and Edmonton as an artist, designer, and administrator. Most recently she has been involved with Powell Street Festival Society, Gallery Gachet, and The Other Press in addition to WePress. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and has since pursued artist residencies at Malaspina Printmaker’s Society in Vancouver and Paul Art Space in Missouri.
WePress is a new accessible makerspace located in Vancouver’s Chinatown that welcomes diverse populations, including those marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions.
photo by John Endo Greenaway