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Bookbinding workshop with Deb Eck, Thursday 10th August

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We are delighted to welcome U.S based book artist Deb Eck to Wur Bradford to run a very special bookbinding workshop with us.

Deb is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. She is most well known in the book arts community for her translations of historic embroidery designs into functional binding designs. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in upstate New York for over 20 years. Eck received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and Fredonia State University, and for many other arts and cultural organizations.
She has been the recipient of many grants and awards; most recently she was named the Distinguished Artist for 2017 by Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
http://debraeck.com/

About the workshop

This workshop will cover a series of one, two and three signature bindings, perfect for zine makers, poets and others wanting to make/publish small books. Each technique builds on the one before, to make increasingly complex bindings that can be used on paper or leather covers. The workshop is suitable for those with no previous book binding experience, but experienced binders may find some new ways to approach the simple pamphlet.

Materials are provided, though please feel free to bring anything you would like to use.
The workshop will run from 1pm till 3pm, but please feel free to come at our usual opening time of 12pm, for conversation and a cuppa beforehand. You can find us in Kirkgate Market (above the shopping Centre) opposite Home From Home Cafe.

The workshop is free but we have limited places. Please email us wurbradford@gmail.com to book your place.

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Looking back at June and July

We’ve had a packed couple of months, with loads going on – we’ve been involved in lots of different activities both at our base in our stall in Kirkgate Market and at events around the city, some planned and some completely spontaneous and responsive.

We were delighted to be part of Bradford Refugee Week this year, taking part in the Refugee Festival at Bradford University on 4th June, where we ran an instant book workshop, and we met many fantastic, creative kids and young people who made books like these

We also took part in Bradford Refugee Week exhibition, ‘Welcome’, in June and produced a collective zine of the same name, containing reflections, writing and images in response to the theme, which was given out free as part of the exhibition.

We still have a few copies left- they are available via our online shop for  £1 plus postage – all proceeds going to BIASAN ((Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network)

On 11th June we were delighted to help host an event called ‘Rubbish Ideas’  as part of the very first Bradford Open Source Economy Day organised by Bob Thorpe and Richard Dillon from Fairmondo, the UK’s first cooperatively owned ethical marketplace.

We watched a film about upcycling and talked about how we could start to imagine Bradford as a zero waste city. Julie brought in some sewing she is working on, making curtains from upcycled fabrics, and we shared ideas for how we can connect and use our energies and resources.Thanks to Richard and Bob for bringing such a great conversation to the space – these are ideas we will be thinking about and hoping to connect with people on in the future.

In the week running up to the EU referendum, we hosted an informal lunchtime discussion, with Bradford IWW trade union member and friend of Wur Altaf Arif. Many thanks to Altaf, and to our friend Lisa Cumming from Programme For a Peaceful City

co-hosted an event at Bradford University in the weeks before and who were generous enough to share their resources, information and time to help us explore the issues at Wur. It was a really valuable space to talk through our thoughts,  and to try to understand the issues.

On June 25th, we hosted a writing workshop ‘Tales of Transformation’ as part of our Season of Change programme,  with Bradford author Elizabeth Hopkinson.

Elizabeth, primarily a writer of fantasy fiction who has published in both short story and novel form, led us through a wonderful  workshop where we generated ideas of change and transformation through storytelling. It was a very welcome space for us to be able to do explore ideas and thoughts through fiction at such a heightened time as the Brexit result just announced the day before. Many thanks to Elizabeth for facilitating such a sensitive and thoughtful workshop – it was so good.

We put together our second collective zine, on the theme of COMMUNITY, the following week in time for the Printing Communities exhibition event at South Square

 

 

We’re really proud of our zine,  which contains stories and experiences and explorations on ideas of community via writing, drawing and collage, made by members and friends of Wur Bradford. Themes include Ramadan, Bradford City football team, the story of a community garden, reflections on post Brexit racism and strategies for surviving far right popular crises, and the power of smiling to feel connected to others. The zine is dedicated to the late Jo Cox MP,  tragically murdered on 16th June, who said
We are far more united and have far more in common that things that divide us

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Many thanks to all our friends in Bradford and beyond who took time to contribute. There are still copies available of the zine at our online shop for £1 plus postage.All proceeds go to Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network (BIASAN) 

We were  proud to be part of Bradford Says Everyone Stays’ vigil on 13th July, which was initiated and organised by Bradford theatre maker Javaad Alipoor in response to concerns about post Brexit racism and attacks happening around the country. The vigil brought many people together in solidarity to show that our city of Bradford would not be divided and that we stand together against racism and for love. We hosted several drop in sessions at the stall to make banners and posters for the event.

Being able to be involved in the event gave us hope – we were inspired by the many people came down to help make banners, signs and posters  and so happy to see these being part of the event, which brought 500 people together in a powerful statement of unity and solidarity with all our communities.

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We leave July still processing all the tumultuous world and political events of the past months and feeling unsure what is ahead of us, but with an overriding  feeling of pride and hope in our city, and with a sense of purpose to carry on with our part in  it, by connecting people through creativity however and whenever we can.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed in so many different ways over the past couple of months – onwards and upwards!

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Wur Bradford is generously supported by Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and  Two28

Zines about community and welcome

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We’ve been busy over the last couple of weeks making collective zines together.Here are some images of our ‘Welcome’ zine which we put together for the Bradford Refugee Festival exhibition which happened this week in a popup shop in John Street.

The zine explored different ideas, thoughts, and experiences on the theme of ‘Welcome’ from members and friends of Wur, expressed in writing, drawings and collage. We are distributing around Bradford as we feel that being welcoming is something that is really important right now. Let us know if you would like a copy, or better still visit us at the stall to get one – we are open every Thursday 12-3pm.

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This week we worked on a zine on the theme of ‘Community’ which is being specially made for the Printing Communities event at South Square on Friday 1st July

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On the very heightened day of the EU referendum when feelings were running strong and people were feeling anxious, worried, upset, angry –   it felt really good to come together and make pages together about our various experiences of our different communities – and to remind ourselves, in the words of the late Jo Cox  MP who was tragically murdered last week, that
“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than the things that divide us”

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If you would like to contribute to our ‘Community’ zine, there’s still time! You don’t have to be from or based in Bradford. We welcome words, images or a combination of both- responding to any aspect, ideas or experiences of ‘Community’. Contributions could take the form of fiction, poetry, personal experiences or stories, drawing, photography, comic or collage. Contributions can be a few lines, or a few pages. You can contribute anonymously if you like.
The zine will be A5 portrait format (|14.8cm by 21cm) , and will be photocopied in black and white. If you are sending image files please send them in black and white. You can send your contribution either as a text document if you are sending words or as a jpeg if you want to send us an image or a page.

You can either email your contribution to wurbradford@gmail.com or post to 63 Nelson Street, Cross Roads, Keighley BD22 9EA to reach us by Wednesday 29th June.

All contributors will receive a free copy of the zine.

 

 

June events at Wur Bradford

Here’s a list of our June events which has everything from  workshops in creative writing and collective  zinemaking to a day of ‘Rubbish Ideas’ exploring how we can imagine a zero-waste Bradford. These events are all part of our  ‘Season of Change‘ – looking at the changes we want to make in ourselves, our communities, our city and the wider world. Come along and get involved! All of our events are free and open to all

You can find the Wur Bradford stall at the back of Kirkgate Market (above the shopping centre) opposite Home From Home cafe)

Saturday 4th June
Wur  Bradford at Bradford Refugee Festival, University of Bradford
10-3pm

Bradford Refugee Week 2016
This is a free festival with food, poetry, music, workshops, football tournaments and plenty of stalls to keep the whole family entertained!

Happening at

University of Bradford Union, Student Central, 
Longside Lane
, BD7 1SA

Wur Bradford will be running a drop in creative workshop showing people how to make ‘instant books’  (sometimes also called ‘zines’ – handmade, self published magazines) with collage, drawing and words.

 
Thursday 9th June
12-3pm
Exploring ideas of  WELCOME and EXCHANGE, and RAMADAN

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‘Welcome Spell’ from ‘The Bradford Book of Modern Spells’ by friend of Wur, Mike Barrett

We will be making artwork and a collective ‘zine (hand-made magazine) on the theme of ‘Welcome’ for Bradford Refugee Week exhibition which will be taking place at 5 John Street, Bradford (outside Oastler Market) 20th – 25th June. Come join us and get involved!
We will also be looking at the idea of ‘Exchange’  and how we can share support, knowledge, skills and resources –  and asking:
What do you need?
What can you offer?

In the first week of this special month of Ramadan, our regular volunteer Mohammed will also be sharing personal experiences and reflections of fasting and faith.

 

 

Saturday 11th June
“Rubbish Ideas”: looking at waste and how we can remake and reuse things
1pm – 3pm

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Join us at for a fun, creative session of sharing and workshopping ideas on how to find new uses for “rubbish” and change the way we value resources.
Activities will include a look at the inspirational Precious Plastic project; mapping Bradford districts’ existing circular economies and developing our own ideas.
‘Rubbish Ideas’ is part of the very first Bradford Open Source Circular Economy day – to  more about this international  movement and events happening elsewhere, at https://oscedays.org/
Before the session there will be a “Don’t Skip Breakfast” meet up at ‘Pay As You Feel’ cafe Saltaire Canteen, from 9 – 10.30am – where OSCE Days Bradford are hosting a drop in breakfast (PAYF) for anyone who wants to find out more and develop our own Bradford district based Open Sourced Circular Economy solutions.There will be talk and toast about all things circular and open sourced! The Canteen is one of the growing number of Real Junk Food cafes dedicated to ending food waste and poverty and is such is brilliant of example of how thinking differently. By combining a Pay As You Feel model with using good food that would otherwise be dumped, Real Junk Food Cafes are demonstrating that different values can operate successfully on the high street and solve problems.

 
Thursday  16th and 23rd June
12-3pm
Exploring ideas of COMMUNITY

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Join us in making a collective ‘zine on the theme of ‘Community’ which will be part of  a Wur Bradford  zine stall at the ‘Printing Communities‘ event and exhibition at South Square Gallery  – event on Friday 1st July. (5-8pm, all welcome – posters,zines,  printmaking, workshops and pizza!)

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Saturday 25th June
Tales of Transformation writing workshop with Bradford writer Elizabeth Hopkinson
1pm – 2.30pm


Join Elizabeth to hear the traditional Breton tale of Bisclavret, a medieval knight with a strange secret – he’s a werewolf!  Then have a go at writing your own tale of transformation, using Bisclavret’s story to help you.  We’ll be thinking about guilty secrets, unpunished crimes, and the changes we all go through in life.This workshop is suitable for all abilities, from beginners to experienced writers.
NB The workshop is free but places must booked in advance – email wurbradford@gmail.com to book your place

Elizabeth Hopkinson is a local writer of over 50 published short stories, many of which are inspired by traditional tales.  She is currently working on a novel series set in a fantasy version of 18th-century Italy

Wur Bradford is a collective,  inclusive arts and social space open to the public and to anyone who wants to connect, explore and imagine how we can make Bradford a better place. Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and Two28.

 

Food and community workshops with Josie Tothill

Can food and eating together strengthen our communities? Come join Bradford artist Josie Tothill in two upcoming workshops to explore these questions through conversation,  the making of a recipe booklet and the sharing of food.

Free, all are welcome!

Wur Bradford
Kirkgate Market (the stall opposite Home From Home Cafe)
Bradford

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Thursday 21st April
12-3pm
What part does food and the cooking of it play in our communities? A drop in chat about everything from your favourite meal, to the politics of who cooks, to the role of food in activism. Bring yourselves and any stories, recipes, and thoughts you wish to share.

Thursday 28th April
12 – 3pm
Come and taste the food of our community. Have a chat and a chana chat.
Does eating together strengthen community? Share your thoughts and stories and leave with a recipe book written by people at Wur Bradford the week before.

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Women Make Zines workshops: Tell Your Story

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Women Make Zines: Tell Your Story!

4 week course at Wur Bradford in Kirkgate Market opposite the Home from Home Cafe. 

Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 February, course fee £25/£20 conc.

 

Come and play in a safe exciting space, working towards making your own zine for the International Women’s Day celebration on 5th March.

Join us each Saturday for 4 weeks in February, to learn the craft, history, nuts and bolts of of self published zines. Week by week you’ll gain confidence to create your own short run publication. We’ll be covering everything from content, layout and editing to bindings, different formats backgrounds and collage. We’ll also be having a special field trip to The Print Project on Shipley to see the letterpress in action.  Your zine will be exhibited for sale at the specially curated Loosely Bound  stall at Leeds Museum at the International Women’s Day celebration on 5th March.

Open to everyone who self defines as female. Email wurbradford@gmail.com for more details, to ask questions and book.

Further information and Frequently Asked Questions:
Venue: Wur Bradford, Kirkgate Market, opposite Home from Home Cafe
Each Saturday: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th February 11am-1pm, 2 hours per week plus a bit of homework time.

You’ll make a short run hand-made zine to exhibit and/or sell at International Women’s Day event 5th March at Leeds Museum.
Pre course homework: do a bit of online research, which zines best tickle your fancy and why? What sort of zine would you like to make? What do you want to tell the world? Make a few notes and bring them with you. If you have problems accessing the internet let us know and we can find other ways to get some info to you.
For a start try looking at: wemakezines.ning.com fanzine.tumblr.com leedszinefair.footprinters.co.uk sheffieldzinefest.wordpress.com zinenation.org

Week 1 – What are Zines? Why you should make one!
Different types of zine: perzine (splurge your soul), fanzine (what are you a fan of? Music/films/cake?), Accidental (woops I kinda tripped up over my own creativity, photocopied it and stapled it together). Compiling and photocopy skills. We’ll all make an A5 page on anything, any subject and we’ll put together a collaborative zine by the end of the session. Once it’s in order it’s all hands on deck to double-side copy, compile and staple that sucker.

Homework: make a basic plan for yer zine. Are you going to make your own or collaborate? How many pages? What will you put in it? Use the blank pages at the back of the zine we’ve just made to make a plan and bring it along to next week’s session.

Week 2 – The physical object. Different sizes, formats and bindings: A4, A5, A6, single folded sheets, random sizing. Bindings: saddle stitch, stab binding, coptic binding. We’ll cover them all, this will be a hands-on speedy session of making! We’ll also go over editing and compiling.

Homework: Start your zine! Chat to your new zine buddies to help if you get stuck!

Week 3 – Field trip. This week we’ll meet at the Print Project at Q20 studios in Shipley to take a look at the letterpress and witness original printing in action. More info here: theprintproject.co.uk.  We’ll then head back to Wur to have a go at collaging, making backgrounds and page layout. Note: This week will be a longer session and include getting to Shipley then back to Wur. If a longer session is going to cause problems don’t worry just chat to us!

Homework: Finish your zine! Bring your completed master(piece) along to the next session to be photocopied. Even if it’s not completed, bring it along anyway!

Week 4 – An hour of using text, cutting out, putting pictures together, printing, making backgrounds, layout, And why thinking long and hard about it is a really bad idea. Then we’ll be photocopying and compiling our zines ready for the 5th March.

Homework: Come along and have a laugh with us at the IWD event at Leeds Museum, 5th March

FAQ’S
Where is Wur Bradford?
Wur Bradford  is in the Kirkgate Market in Bradford City Centre. The easiest way to find it is to go into the market along the ramp above the Kirkgate Centre ‘Poundshop’ entrance. When you’re in the market turn right and we’re two stalls along, opposite the Home From Home cafe.

Is Wur accessible?
Kirkgate Market is accessible although the doors can be a bit tricky as they’re not automatic. If you think you may have problems with doors come into Kirkgate Market via the Kirkgate Centre on Darley Street, take the lift to the first floor then we’re straight through the market, look for the row of cafés. There is a small step to get into the Wur stall, which is open on two sides. We have a ramp which is wide enough for wheelchairs. If you have access needs please let us know and we’ll work together to make sure we can accommodate you as best we can.

Where is The Print Project?
At Q20 Creative Arts Hub, Dockfield Road, Shipley, BD17 7AD, about 10 minute walk from Shipley train station/Shipley town centre. There is on street parking on Dockfield Road.

I can’t make all the sessions, can I just do one or two?
Of course! Individual sessions are £7/£5 each. Have a look at the session outlines and see which ones are the most suitable for you.
I want to do the workshops, but I don’t want to write a whole zine, that sounds like school.
The brilliant thing about zines is you can do anything you want, no judgement, no spell check and the grammar nazis can’t see. There are infinite subjects, styles, page numbers and sizes, your final zine can be as large or small as you like. Zines can be anything: a celebration of brilliant people, a diary, a collection of favourite sayings, doodles you did on the bus, it’s totally up to you.

Can I bring my small person along with me?
Of course! Maybe you could make a collaborative zine?
What materials/techniques/software will we be using?
Mainly lots of different types of paper, scissors, craft knives, glue, felt tips, rubber stamps, tape, staplers, needle and thread. Collaging, book binding, stapling, drawing and photocopying (black and white only, although we do like using coloured paper and colouring zines in with highlighters). Hopefully we’ll have everything on hand, but if you want to include anything specialist chat with us. No computers….no no no.

If you’re selling our zines who gets the money?
You do.

Will there be biscuits?
There had better be biscuits…

I’ve got a question that isn’t frequently asked.
Drop us an email wurbradford@gmail.com, tweet @wurbradford, or post a question on the facebook event page and we’ll get back to you asap.

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Why DIY it? Bradford mini self-publishing fair

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DO IT YOURSELF CREATIVITY!

Saturday 21st November
12-4pm

Wur Bradford stall
Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1QX

What is DIY publishing?
DIY, or self-publishing is the publication of a book, magazine, pamphlet or any other media by its author, without the involvement of a publisher.The author is responsible for and in control of the entire process from beginning to end, including the content, design and distribution.

How and why people do it themselves?

Come along to our fun, inclusive event,  celebrating ‘Do It Yourself’ publishing , with self- published books, pamphlets, ‘zines, comics, and music from Bradford and across Yorkshire to browse and buy, and an eclectic programme of discussions, performances,  and readings.
Come along to find out how and why people self-publish and get advice on how you can do it yourself, and to contribute to a collaborative DIY ‘zine ( a handmade magazine) in a day.

We will be featuring self-published books, pamphlets, comics, music and zines from the following:

Penthouse Pressgang
Loosely Bound 

Bradical zine
Longbarrow Press
Gordian Projects

SW Zines
Louise Crosby
Bomb Shop
Jean McEwan
Sound Shack Records
Black Dogs
Penny Andrews
Becky Kidner
The Common Swings
Calder Valley Scribblers
Gadwhip

Synchronise Witches

Bruce Barnes

Stephen Pass

 

Programme for the day
12- 12.30pm:

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Bradford poet Bruce Barnes will read from some of his work

12.30 – 12.50

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Beehive Poets member Stephen Pass will talk about how he   self-published his childrens’ book ‘Madge and the Mermaid’

 

1 – 1.30pm 

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Bradical zine: a  chance to meet the creators and   contributors   behind ‘Bradical’ and discuss the themes of the zine

 

2pm:  Performance from Manchester based artist  Rosanne Robertson :

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Too Much (with fibers) 2015 (20 minutes)

A live work using threads, fibers, wires, hair, tape loops and  voice. This live work is part of a project on the contemporary  condition of anxiety by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring  assemblage, performance sculpture and sound. This   performance with live action and sound making demonstrates  personal anxieties, small hidden fears and relationships with social fears related to expression of gender, sexuality and the body also presented in the self published booklet TOO MUCH  and original concertina hand stitched book. Both the original   book and limited edition booklet are available for sale via The  Penthouse self publishing project Press Gang–  and guests at Wur  Bradford mini self publishing fair.

 

2.20pm

Performance from  Debbie Sharp. Debbie sharp is a artist based in the north west of England
and part of The Penthouse Pressgang.

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Constant Sleepless Nights

“Ive suffered from panic attacks at night since I was a child
A fear of someone breaking in
Being murdered in my sleep
I grew up in Bradford in the 70s when the Yorkshire ripper was about.
At that time there was a constant fear over the city.”

 

2.40pm  

Talk from Brian Lewis from Sheffield’s  Longbarrow Press

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3pm

Reading from Gordian Projects   artist and writer  Emma Bolland

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FREE, ALL WELCOME

Wur Bradford is an art & social space based in a stall in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city better through imagination and creative action. More about the project here

This event is part of a series of winter creative workshops at Wur Bradford, supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets. The event is co-ordinated by Wur Bradford in collaboration with Bradford zine collective Loosely Bound

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/936031153170716/

FREE
ALL WELCOME

Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.