Bookmaking as a Form of Resistance
This series of classes delve into the practices of bookmaking and collaging as a ritual. Throughout the exploration of these practices, students will learn how to build their own journals. Each week we will focus on a different method of bookmaking. We will implement and enhance the practice as individuals as well as a collective. The theme of this series is cultivating your own utopia. We will experiment with visuals that curate our ideologies around joy, glory, Black paradise, and more. Through discussion and artmaking, students will leave this course confident in the methods of bookmaking and collaging as a ritual for resistance as well as the ability to be able to make their own journals moving forward in their writing journeys.
About the Instructor: Doriana Diaz
Doriana Diaz is a multidimensional artist, archivist, and memory worker rooted in Philadelphia’s soulful rhythms. She has hosted a wide array of collage and bookmaking workshops around the city in spaces like The Sable Collective, Harriett’s Bookshop, Franny Lou’s Porch, The African American Museum, and Bok Bar. Her archival collage work entitled ‘A Declaration of Joy in Motion; Friday Night Voodoo’ was chosen as the 1-year anniversary poster for Rachel Cargel’s Loveland Foundation in 2021. This honor was in partnership with The Loveland Foundation and The Akron Museum of Art. She is also one of the 2023 recipients of the Black Music City grant, where her collage work will be funded by REC Philly, WXPN, and WRTI to explore her project entitled ‘Sisters in Rhythm, A House of Our Own’ cataloging and memorializing the work of Sister Sledge and The Supremes through visual storytelling. She believes art has DNA. Her work is an exploration of cultural agency, archival documentation, and rhythms of resistance and expansion.Learn More about Doriana Diaz