The Mixed-Media Memoir

October 17 - 22, 2021

Matt Runkle  ·

Workshop at a glance

Explore the places where personal narrative and found objects merge as we use collage, low-tech printing methods, box-making, and bookbinding to tell our stories.


  • Storytelling using various media
  • Low-tech printing methods such as pochoir and Xerox transfer
  • Book binding and box making


  • Various papers and bookbinding thread
  • Assorted paints, colored pencils, and inks
  • Collage and mixed media materials


  • Using various media to tell your personal story
  • Learning book structures
  • Incorporating found materials into creative work

Artist Bio

Matt Runkle is a writer, cartoonist, and book artist who lives in Oregon. He has taught at the San Francisco Center for the Book, the University of Iowa, at Penland School of Crafts, and at the University of Nevada–Reno. He is a member of the College Book Art Association board, and his work has been exhibited nationally. Runkle’s work is also in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
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Workshop Description

Where do words meet image in the stories we tell? How can materials we encounter day-to-day relate to our personal narratives? Students in this workshop will discover how to use different media to tell a story. The media can include comics, graphic novels, artist books, dioramas, and sequential panels along with the ways you might amalgamate these modes. Participants will explore collage, low-tech printing methods (pochoir, Xerox transfers), box-making, and book structures with a focus on incorporating found materials into their mixed-media memoirs. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  materials list

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