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Nexus Classes, Demonstrations, and Talks

All workshops, demos, and talks will be held in the Honolulu Printmakers studio at 1111 Victoria Street unless otherwise indicated.

Spaces are limited and are first come first served. Please click the button in each description to pay and register in our shop, or to RSVP for free events via an email message so we know how many people to expect. Include the name of the activity and your phone number in the RSVP message.

Laura Smith Book Sharing

Thursday, September 8, 6pm


Join Laura for an informal talk story about artists’ books. She will share examples of her own work and speak about how to go from a single woodcut print to a whole book.

Laura Smith is the former executive director of the Honolulu Printmakers and an active printmaker. She enjoys making books from her prints because they provide interesting opportunities for sequential images that framed prints cannot.

Julie Peterson DIY Book Cloth

Saturday, September 17, 2-5 pm


Tired of dull, dark book cloth?  Take this hands-on workshop and learn to make custom book cloth using fabric of your choice. Participants should bring the following: 1/4 yard of 100% cotton medium-weight fabric, 2 yards of wax paper, scissors, foam rollers or soft sponges for applying paste.

Julie Peterson is an experienced printmaker and a longtime member of Honolulu Printmakers.  She studied with Paul Mullowney at the Hui Noeau on Maui before relocating to Oahu.

Gaye Chan Artist talk

Thursday, September 22, 6 pm


Professor Gaye Chan will talk about and show samples of her book design and art direction for tinfish and other independent DIY publications.

All That Matters Zine Workshop

Sunday, September 25, 1-5 pm


Join Ara Feducia and her ongoing zine collaborative for an all-ages, hands-on zine making activity. All materials provided.

Marcia Morse What is a Book?

Thursday, October 6, 6pm


Marcia Morse will share insights and selected pieces from her collection of artists’ books. Marcia wrote and illustrated her first book at age 7, and has been a lifelong book-lover, merging interests in printmaking, papermaking, and book arts, and the magic of verbal and visual narratives.

Brady Evans The Art of Comicking

Thursday, 10/20, 6 - 8pm


It’s time to start listening to those voices in your head! Learn how to take your story -  you know, the one you’ve been musing about - and transform it into a comic through this drawing workshop. This session will cover comic basics like panel transitions, movement, and pacing. Also, see how contemporary comic artists are going beyond the newspaper funnies to play with the art of storytelling. Leave the workshop with a short story perfect for a zine or mini-comic.

Brady Evans is an artist and illustrator born, raised, and working in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2013-2014 Evans curated the exhibition Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawaii, which explored the influence Hawaii has had on the work of twelve local manga artists and writers. He enjoys drawing during any free time he can find and regularly participates in group exhibitions around the state.

Charles Cohan Zines and Artists’ Books from the Collection of Arm & Roller Press

Thursday, October 27, 6pm


Since 1990, Arm & Roller Press has accumulated over 250 artists’ books and zines. These publications survey a range of the book arts from the duplication of "photocopy and stapler" to the limited/traditional production of hand crafted archival editions. Professor Charles Cohan will share highlights from the collection and his thoughts on the medium.

Ellen Chapman Charlot Collection visit

Sunday, October 30, 2 pm

FREE (Limited to 12 people)

Location: Hamilton Library (assemble at front entrance at 2 pm sharp)

UH Manoa Librarian Ellen Chapman will share works from the collection focusing on projects for the page completed by and collected by the artist.

Jody Arthur Single-Signature Case Bound book

Sunday, November 6, 10am – 1pm


Learn the steps to create a single-signature, hand-sewn, case bound book from start to finish with this Maui-based artist. Participants will be forwarded an optional materials and tools list.

Jody Arthur is a book artist, printmaker and writer. She was born in American Samoa and currently resides in Hawaii. She has created installation pieces and artist's books that explore historical and personal migrations in the South Pacific. She received a B.A. in English literature at Lewis and Clark College, an M.F.A. in creative writing at Mills College, and an M.F.A. in printmaking and book arts at the University of the Arts.

Linda Strong and Tamara Moan Paste Paper Party

Sunday, November 13, 2-5 pm


At the end of the day, a sixteenth century bookbinder would use the remaining paste to decorate papers for book covers and end papers. Seventeenth century nuns even made a living doing this! Using modern materials and techniques we'll create decorative papers using basic materials and your imagination. This simple technique uses methyl cellulose plus acrylics for color; your hands and household tools add patterns and color combinations. You'll come away with a dozen papers that are perfect for using in book projects or anything else paper-based. Participants should bring cheap wide brushes, acrylic paints to share (the ones that have been sitting around your studio), old quart yogurt containers (or similar), sulphite or drawing paper (large sheets), plastic spoons or chopsticks to stir, pencil

Book artist Linda Strong taught for many years at La Pietra School in Honolulu. Paper, with its unique qualities and many uses, is an endless source of material for her art. She says, "As an artist, I draw on paper, create collages, make paste paper, and bind all my paper skills into artist books."

Artist and writer Tamara Moan enjoys making artist books as the perfect home for both words and pictures. She has taught a variety of art-related courses at the Honolulu Museum of Art School since 2000.