A New Home for Underground Publishing in Chicago
New classes in The Annex:
The Annex Open Studio Program
Open Studio hours are designated times for the community to come and utilize our resources for making a broad range of projects. The studio can be used as a meeting place for a small group of collaborators or as a production house for a new comic. Mondays throughout 2012 will be hosted by a wide array of local writers, small presses, and collaborative projects,
Monday, December 17: Julia Hendrickson and B. Ingrid Olson
Download the fall calendar.
Wants and Needs List:
Up to 2 Additional Computers; with Intel CPU
B&W Laser printer; prints at least 8.5×14, double-sided preferred
Epson color printer; Epson 4800 preferred
Photocopier; prints 11×17; capability to scan and to print from a computer preferred
Adobe Creative Suite license; CS4 and up preferred
General Bookbinding supplies: book thread, beeswax, needles, awls, bone folders, corner rounders, other
Staplers: regular or long-range
Paper Cutter and/or Ream cutter
Large clean work tables; with or ability to add locking castors
20+ folding or stackable chairs
Cash donations will support build-out costs including electrical improvements, constructing new walls, adding connecting door between studios, painting, moving supplies, organizing, and cleaning.
Spudnik Press Cooperative has expanded! The Annex at Spudnik Press contains a new gallery and classroom space, independent studios, and a shared work area for writers, bookmakers, artists, students, and everyone in-between. A reference library of small press and experimental book projects from around the US is under development and scheduled to open in early 2013.
The Annex was born out of a wish to bridge communities. Chicago has a strong history of self-publishing, alternative comics, small literary presses, and experimental writing communities. The city continues that rich history with spaces like Read/Write Library, which has an all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, and Quimby’s, a bookstore selling independently-published and small press books, comics, zines and ephemera. Our new addition will be the hub where these self-published artworks can be created, discussed, disseminated, and appreciated.
Our current printing facilities offer access to a broad range of processes such as screen printing, intaglio, letterpress, and offset printing. To this we are adding photocopying, collating, hot foil stamping, and programming that features classes in the areas of writing, bookmaking, layout, and much more. Our current printshop will remain the space for individuals to get inky and produce editions of fine art prints. The Annex is designed to better facilitate group projects and provide a flexible clean space for activities like drawing, writing, brainstorming, classes, and the preparation of handmade books.
Having just celebrated our opening exhibition in The Annex, Brandy Barker’s I’ll Let You Go 1.5, we are reaching out to announce our fall programming, which features short starter-workshops every Saturday. We are encouraging people to enroll in multiple workshops, creating their own customized curriculum. For example, our inaugural workshop The Book as Creative Space will introduce way to play with the structure of a book, and students will create a variety of small booklets. These students can come back the following week to add their own poetry, and add the final touch to their new chapbook in Simple Printing: For Book Covers and More. Our First full-length class in The Annex, Text as Image/Collage as Writing is currently underway.
Please contact the Writing and Book Projects Coordinator, Luke Daly (email@example.com) or Spudnik Press Executive Director, Angee Lennard (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about our new programming.