The hands-on demonstrations, interactive workshops, and open studios continued on Sunday at the Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium.
At noon, Shannon Gerard ran an intimate and interactive workshop entitled What Can a Publication Be? The two-step hands-on session allowed participants to explore the possibilities of publishing through a variety of media. Concurrently, Jo Cook provided a workshop called Interactive Printmaking. Attendees could drop in to explore a variety of printmaking techniques with the engaging and knowledgable Cook, who is operator of the Perro Verlag Print shop.
Throughout the day, visitors entering the DDN building would first encounter Andrew McLaren working hard among a stack of materials and machines, as he worked on his workshop called The Plastic Bookwork. The ongoing session demonstrated the do-it-yourself techniques McLaren has employed in making small editions using office binding equipment (comb/cerlox binder) and a pouch laminator.
The later afternoon sessions married both traditional and contemporary technologies. John Steins joined McLaren in an Open Studio session, while Peter Braune continued to demonstrate letterpress equipment and techniques … as well as hand-print t-shirts for those wanting a memento of the Symposium.
In the Gallery space, Dan Dowhal and Ray Fenwick combined for a two-part session called “The Independent Publisher & More.” Dowhal outlined the growing trend towards indy publishing, and covered some of the available options, as well as the pros and cons for writers looking to become their own publishers. Fenwick then spoke on “Self-Publishing, Non-Self-Publishing, Selfish Publishing: Book Work.” In his informal chat, he showed and discussed personal book projects covering a wide range of forms and distribution methods.