Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Stitched Embellishments for Paper & Prints

This April, we’re dedicating our Drink & Draw series to stitching! Join us for one or both sessions to try out various ways to embellish paper or fabric with a needle, thread, and other textile materials.

Guest Artist: Breanna Robinson

Sewing on paper is a fun and easy way to add extra dimension, texture, and allure to prints, drawings, and cards. For people who love process, the act of sewing can bring an extra step of loving care to existing creation. Hand sewing on blank paper can also be used to create fully thread-based work. 

Artist Breanna Robinson and owner of Nanette Home “Exquisite Cushions” uses embroidery, trim, beads, and other embellishments to add sculptural elements and sensory appeal to her works on paper. At this Drink & Draw, she will share simple embellishing  techniques for use on paper, including basic decorative stitches  and how to add decorative borders, bling, and imagery. No prior sewing experience is necessary, just some kind of needle and thread and the paper you would like to embellish. All of these techniques can also be used for any sewing projects using fabric.

Suggested Materials

  • Prints or drawings, preferably on thicker paper
  • Postcards, greeting cards, playing cards, etc.
  • Embroidery floss, thick thread, thin yarn, string, ribbon, kitchen twine
  • Embroidery needle to fit your thread

Optional Materials

  • Beads, buttons, brads, trim, lace, pom poms, etc.
  • Heavier clothing or textiles like denim
  • Stretched canvas (blank or painted)
  • A sewing project of your own
  • Matte medium or glue stick

Zoom Meeting ID: 9858 2228 264


Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hashbrown Re-Hash: Virtual Event & Cookbook Launch

For the first time in “Hashbrown history,” we are moving the party into our home kitchens with an exciting virtual event and a commemorative cookbook!

Please join us as we continue to celebrate our tradition of enjoying food while raising funds for arts education and accessible printmaking.

Spudnik’s Virtual Cooking Show features:

Main dish by the Bumbu Roux team

Appetizer by Alex Gilbert of CHIRP Radio

Dessert by pastry chef Dutes Miller

History of Chili by Patti Swanson of Chicago for Chicagoans

Mini Beer Tour by Adam Schulte, Certified Cicerone® with Whiner Beer

Live Q&As and engagements with all featured chefs and presenters

Surprise staff segments

and more!

 

Cookbook features:

Design by Andrew Mariscal

Vegetarian & meat chili recipes from past chefs

Selection of appetizers, sides, and dessert recipes

Photos & posters from a decade of Hashbrown events

and more!


Join The Hashbrown Re-Hash:

$85 per household ($75 for Artists & Students)

  • Admission to The Hashbrown Re-Hash: Spudnik’s Virtual Cooking Show
  • The Hashbrown Re-Hash Cookbook
  • Tote bag designed by Lisa Armstrong
  • Priority shipping for cookbook and tote bag
  • One raffle ticket

Other options:

  • Virtual event only: $45 per household ($35 for Artists & Students)
  • Cookbook only: $38 each, includes media mail shipping
  • Tote bag: $20 each, includes ground shipping
  • Raffle ticket: $10 each (available worldwide)
  • Priority shipping upgrade for cookbook: $7

All of us at Spudnik Press miss seeing all the people who continuously made our Hashbrown events so memorable, year after year. We are looking forward to seeing all of your faces on the other side of this pandemic. Your continued support for this Virtual Event & Cookbook Launch will significantly contribute to the success of our ongoing and upcoming programs, while we also ensure that our studio is as safe and welcoming as it has always been to everyone.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

“The Hashbrown: Re-Hash” graphic design by Riley Brady.

“Ask Me Anything” with Margo McFarland, Art Conservator

Unlike the typical lecture, this event is inspired by the “Ask Me Anything” threads popularized through Reddit and offers a chance for our members to guide the conversation with Margo McFarland, an art conservator who specializes in the conservation and preservation of works of art on paper and the material science of art objects.

Over the course of her career, Margo has worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, The LA County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institutions. She spent six months in Buenos Aires as an awardee of a Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship in the area of Cultural Preservation/Museology. Margo is a specialist in cellulosic chemistry, papermaking, fine art print production, and preservation standards for works of art on paper. She has lectured widely in these areas of expertise, in countries as far-reaching as Mexico, Spain, China, France, and Austria.

During this presentation, Margo will discuss works that she has treated (including those by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Martin Puryear, and Ed Paschke).  She will also show examples of her own print production–both her successes and her failures. 

After hearing stories from Margo’s experiences conserving print over the years, we will discuss how and why media, technique, and choosing the right paper matters when it comes to pulling perfect prints. The second portion of the event will be led by audience questions. Spudnik’s founder, Angee Lennard, will moderate a Q&A where guests are encouraged to share their questions, big and small, about inks, additives, adhesives, storage, paper fibers, and more.


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hunger Will Wake Us: Virtual Reception & Artist Talk

The Hunger Will Wake Us is the newest show by Hope Wang and Farnaz Khosh-Sirat. Join them for a virtual tour of the exhibition followed by an artist talk in conversation with Anders Zanichkowsky.

This exhibition brings together new print work from Wang and Khosh-Sirat, who each explore the translational process of materializing digital animations and poetry text into print. Together they reflect on events of displacement through the metaphor of simultaneously losing and finding new meaning and new form via the act of translation. By reconfiguring fragments of hyper-specific architectural details, their works become “false” copies and traces of their constructed memories. These palimpsests’ postures of longing aren’t just decorative, but also serve as coded languages of their own.

Zoom Meeting ID: 9199 0613 028


This event is for everyone! ASR closed captions will be available. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

The Hunger Will Wake Us | Artist Led Gallery Hours

Please join us for artist-led gallery hours for The Hunger Will Wake Us: Hope Wang & Farnaz Khosh-Sirat.

This exhibition brings together new print work from Hope Wang and Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, who each explore the translational process of materializing digital animations and poetry text into print. Together they reflect on events of displacement through the metaphor of simultaneously losing and finding new meaning and new form via the act of translation.

Hope Wang uses printmaking, handweaving, painting, and photography to reimagine spatial association and visual perception. Wang references the architectural landscape as a malleable document of visual language where building facades become eroded, redacted, and defaced. Farnaz Khosh-Sirat is an Iranian light artist whose work employs digital tools to enhance human experiences of the sublime. Through the use of Persian architectural structures and patterns, Khosh-Sirat personifies human fragility in the contrasting positions between man and nature.

By reconfiguring fragments of hyper-specific architectural details, their works become “false” copies and traces of their constructed memories. These palimpsests’ postures of longing aren’t just decorative, but also serve as coded languages of their own.


Additional Gallery Hours:

The Hunger Will Wake Us will be on view May 21 through July 2, 2021 at Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60622.

Visitors can make an appointment by emailing info@spudnikpress.org. Please include the date and time you would like to visit, and number of people in your party. Please review all Covid-19 Policies & Procedures before you visit. All guests must agree to all our protocols by signing a Covid-19 waiver.

Image Credit:
(Left) Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, Leyl (detail), screen print on steel, 2021
(Right) Hope Wang, the night croaked with the ache of cicadas (detail), paper collage, 2021


This event is for everyone! If you require any access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact Angee Lennard at angee@spudnikpress.org. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.