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Noticing, Naming, Claiming: A Bookmaking and Writing Workshop

October 24, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a bookbinding demo where participants will learn to make journals, then work through a creative writing exercise together!

This workshop will start off with a bookbinding demo. You will learn to make quick and easy journals using tackets. The second part of this workshop will focus on filling your journals with your creative energy. Writing is a regenerative way to develop self-understanding and self-compassion. In that spirit, you will be guided through writing exercises intended to get you to foster the connection between you and your artistic voice. Supplies needed include text weight paper (computer paper is fine), decorative cover paper, scrap paper for collage, glue stick or Elmer’s glue, binding awl or needle, waxed thread (twine or yarn also works), scissors and writing tools. This online class requires students to have a device to join the class with reliable internet access.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Soapbox has two spaces in this workshop for BIPOC participants. Please email programming@phillysoapbox.org by 5pm on Wednesday, October 21 to let us know if you are interested. If more than two people respond, we will pick names at random.

About the Instructor

Candy Alexandra González is a Little Havana-born and raised, Philadelphia-based, multidisciplinary visual artist, poet, activist and trauma-informed educator. Currently, Candy’s artwork explores themes of body politics, fat phobia and self-healing through photography, poetry, printmaking and papermaking. Candy received their MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking from the University of the Arts in 2017. Since graduating, they have been a 40th Street Artist-in-Residence in West Philadelphia, a West Bay View Fellow at Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, NY, a Picasso Project Resident Artist at Kensington Health Sciences Academy in North Philadelphia, and a Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation Micro-Grant Recipient. www.candyalexandragonzalez.com


$15 Community / $30 Cost of Workshop / $45 Sponsor

In an effort to keep workshops accessible to as many as possible, while compensating our instructors fairly and covering Soapbox costs, we’re pleased to offer a sliding scale. Our “Cost of Workshop” rate is the real cost of our workshop, and we need most people to register at this rate to run the workshop. For those who are able, please consider selecting the “Sponsor” rate to allow someone who cannot afford the real cost to participate. If you are someone experiencing hardship, please register at the “Community” rate. In evaluating where you fall on the scale, we ask you to consider the difference between sacrifice (making trade-offs in my discretionary spending) vs. hardship (paying full cost for this workshop prevents me from meeting basic needs). For further guidance and information, visit http://www.phillysoapbox.org/sliding-scale/.