Two members of Guerrilla Girls, the legendary anonymous feminist art activist group, came to visit Book and Paper the other week. Students spent two days, working in groups, coming up with their own activist ideas and pieces of work. It was an intensive experience full of brainstorming and discussion and fuzzy gorilla masks. Students focused on topics like museum ethics, environmental issues in Chicago, and the female voice in politics.
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Before the Guerrilla Girls left, students worked in the studio making paper out of a fiber called Abaca. Abaca is from the trunk of banana trees – perfect for making paper for Guerrillas! This paper will be used as the surface on which the work produced in the workshop will be applied – both digitally and letterpress printed.[flickr id=”6276272277″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]
The workshop was a wonderful, interesting experience!