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Experimental Books: More than Words

October 20 - 25, 2024

Jacob A. Meders  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, students will learn basic bookbinding skills and printmaking, and then then adapt them to new book forms by breaking traditional norms of the book and exploring new concepts. Found objects and mixed media are highly encouraged as well as deconstructing existing books. This class uses the book as a foundation to explore more conceptual approaches to knowledge building and sharing by testing the limits to this vessel of knowledge.


  • Bookbinding
  • Printmaking
  • Exercises to responding creatively to artifacts and material


  • Linoleum blocks
  • Paper
  • Thread and needle
  • Book boards
  • Ink and paint
  • Found objects


  • Bookbinding skills
  • Basic printmaking skills
  • Develop deconstructing and conceptual art practice



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu), MFA, is an Associate Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Science at Arizona State University. Jacob possesses a BFA in painting with a minor in printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in printmaking at Arizona State University. In 2011 Jacob established WarBird Press, a fine art printmaking studio that he operates as the Master Printmaker in Phoenix, AZ. Jacob has exhibited his work at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM, the Heard Museum Collection at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, AZ, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands, Goldsmith, University of London and BACA Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Québec, Canada. Jacob is recognized as an influential public speaker and has traveled nationally and internationally to speak on topics within the indigenous contemporary art world.

Jacob’s work focuses on altered perceptions of place, culture, and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of indigenous people. This work often ties into current issues faced in Indigenous communities. His work takes many interdisciplinary approaches and repeatedly plays with the boundaries of social engagement practices. His work continues to reexamine varied documentations of Native Americans through printing processes that hold onto stereotypical ideas and how they have affected the culture of the native people. Often using book forms and prints as a symbol of western knowledge and the linear mind, Jacob deploys them as a vehicle to challenge new perceptions of Native Americans.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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