Live Photo Book & Zine-making Workshop

22nd September
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Public House
9 Priory Square
The Square Shopping Centre
Birmingham
B4 7LJ

In this workshop with artist Laura Chen you will be guided through principal bookbinding techniques to start designing and producing your own photo book, zine or small artist book. This 3-hour workshop allows you to be free and playful with your work and gives you the skills to help you move towards a final book concept.

We will provide you with all the materials you need to get started, including paper and binding tools. We only ask that you bring your own content / images and / or plenty of magazines from which you can cut out pictures, texts, illustrations or any other visuals. Laura will instruct you in several bookbinding techniques and will host a collage-making session. Whether using your new or archive work, or content from your magazines, at the end of the workshop you will have turned your vision into a handmade publication that you will be able to take home with you.

There is no need for you to have an idea in mind prior to the workshop; we’ll provide some fun, idea generation activities to get you inspired!

Places are limited; free but booking is essential. Book here.

This workshop is part of Multistory’s Blast Creative Network programme, which offers artists in Sandwell and the Black Country a free, rolling programme of talks, workshops, reading groups, discussions and social events, and is a space for mutual support, learning and knowledge sharing. Find out how to get involved here.

About Laura Chen

Laura Chen is a Dutch image maker and writer based in the UK. Working within the fields of photography, mixed-media and found or archival material, her multidisciplinary practice associates a fine art and documentary approach where research, implementation and intervention are closely intertwined. Recurring themes and interests include identity, memory, tactility, the marginalised, disregarded and overlooked – whether in everyday objects or groups of people who live and work on the fringes of society. In 2022, she was nominated as Foam Talent and Palm* Photo Prize Finalist. Her work has been featured in, and published by, Photo London, PhMuseum, British Journal of Photography, PHROOM, Lensculture, Canon, GUP, Life Framer, Refinery29, Aesthetica Magazine, amongst others.