Our May book is Wild Seed by Octavia Butler! It is the first in the Seed to Harvest Trilogy.
Learn the basics of letterpress printing and bookbinding using 19th century equipment. We'll learn how to set type, print on a Chandler & Price printing press, and then bind a book using a pamphlet stitch. You will come away with your very own blank notebook and a deeper understanding of the book as a physical object.
During our time together we will talk quilt history, inspiration, color theory and craft theory, basic piecing skills, hand quilting techniques, and begin designing and making a quilt. Quilts take many hours, but you will leave this class in a good place to continue on your quilting journey.
Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel and Mankiller.
On Saturday we will be celebrating the birth of SEAWITCHES, a zine for waterpeople.
Whether you love oceans with phosphorescents and wild waves, lakes that leave your skin smelling of fresh dirt, pools with sunlight slithering across blue paint, or a good soak in the tub – we think you’ll like what you find in this zine's pages.
Our stories are rooted in nature and diversity. Like the witches and warlocks who have come before us, we revere Mother Earth. We are soul surfers, spear fishers, mountain climbers, and folks who feel the hum of the universe around us. There is a beautiful and vibrant void in the media for diverse stories – stories about old people, young people, LGBTQI folks, people of color, men, women, different religions – the stories we love to write and read."
Issue #1 is the Blue Issue, with indigo covers hand-dipped by its Artist-in-Residence Leah Koransky. Covers were letterpressed and foil-stamped at Open Windows Cooperative. All proceeds will help to fund the production of SEAWITCHES Issue #2!
The event will feature:
~ zines, prints and buttons for sale
~ a reading of excerpts from SEAWITCHES Issue 1
~ visual art by Leah Koransky
~ beer by Queers Makin' Beers
~ photo projection by Feather Weight and beyond
Please join us at the opening reception for Keep in Reserve, a two person show with new work by Chiara Sbolci (NY) and Maryam Yousif (OAK). Curated by Ari Bird.
Show runs through September 15th. Gallery open by appointment and Sundays from 1-5. Please email Ari at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
A reserve is hidden storage that you dip into when needed or desired. It’s a pool that casts a reflection, a well that holds water, a memory that captures time. It’s data protection and your youtube ‘recommended’ section. An impresion, ripple, or algorithm based on past behavior and prediction.
Keep in Reserve pairs two artists who conceal and conserve. Maryam Yousif’s site-specific installation literally covers letterpress tools with painted cloth and ceramics. Her light-hearted, bright structures and figures reimagine the utility of these old industrial machines. The objects in the room that formerly had function now become ghosts. Chiara Sbolci’s wall pieces are quiet and subtle. By melding together symbols and materials and then muting them, a coded narrative emerges. This energy and inherent humor seems to demand the human gaze, as the mirrors embedded in her pieces look back.
We're excited to announce we are facilitating a new two-week summer publishing workshop intensive for high school-age folks called Words in Action.
We believe in the power of storytelling. In the ability of printed editions to share these stories with beauty and intention. We believe in the process of letterpress and other printmaking techniques to connect us more deeply with these stories, to connect mind, body and spirit. And we believe in young people; I've personally been inspired this year by the teens I work with at Congregation Emanu-El, by their determination to speak out and fight for themselves and each other and justice and love in a meaningful way.
To register, please check out our shop.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Last chance to see Derek's incredible photography in the space. We'll be hanging around celebrating life and art and stuff from 12-5 pm. Yosemite place will also be holding their summer Open Studios, so there will be lots of great work to see!
Learn how to letterpress print while advocating for the earth.
On this Earth Day, drop in between 11 and 2 to print a postcard on the C&P press, then personalize a message to a representative. We encourage stories, poems, and quotes. Rememer: small acts lay the groundwork for big movements.
You can even print some extra postcards to take home or give away!
We will be printing "Earth to America" in metal type and experimenting with plant pressure printing.
Materials provided. Bring something to add to our earth altar if you are moved to.
$15 - 50 suggested donation - NOTAFLOF - 30% proceeds will be donated to EarthJustice
It’s a long time coming and it’s time to walk the walk. We’re starting a book club!
Not just any book club. An intentional, socially engaged book club with an activist agenda. It all started with a pervasive sense of dread and overwhelm...do you know the feeling?
If you are ready to ameliorate this sense of dread and overwhelm by grounding yourself in community, to listen to and feel empathy for perspectives different from your own, if you believe in story, please join us. If you are ready to do the work of facing challenging topics and checking our privileges and assumptions in a supportive, safe environment; if you want some mutual accountability to keep each other moving forward; if you want to organize action but don’t know how, join us. We don’t have the answers, but we are armed to the teeth with questions!
We can’t really say it better than the folks at Finding steady ground: “The goal is to become a student of history so that you can take inspiration and deepen your understanding of how to struggle and thrive.”
Our first book will be Hope in the Dark, by Rebecca Solnit, and we'll discuss it on Thursday, April 20th. Please RSVP *here* so we know to expect you!
Date: every 3rd Thursday
Time: 6 pm
Location: Mission Pie in SF
You are welcome no matter how you identify, when you were born, or where you come from. All we ask is that you are open to discomfort, and act from a place of kindness.
Join us on the evening of March 25th as we celebrate the work of Derek Macario. This solo exhibition will feature his evocative photographs of San Francisco / the surrounding Bay Area and reminds us that there's still so much beauty to be found in this city. Being native San Franciscans ourselves, this work is very dear to our hearts.
Derek Macario (b. 1992, San Francisco) constantly reflects on growing up in San Francisco. Filled with childhood nostalgia of growing up in the 90s and being immersed in public spaces, the subjects of Macario’s images are emblems of resistance to the rapid changes of the city - celebrating and preserving his environment; nature, landscape, and people less prominently observed today. Derek’s recent work examines the immediate surroundings of San Francisco’s physical peripheries.
Derek is a San Francisco based artist working primarily in film photography and the zine format. He earned his BA at SF State University in 2015, studying studio art with an emphasis in photography, and minored in journalism. Derek's work can be found in his self published zines at local zine/book/art shops, including Needles & Pens, Little Paper Planes, and Rare Device.
We will gather from 6-9pm at 1777 Yosemite Avenue Stuite 340. Hope to see you there!
Join us for the opening of Printed Ghosts, new work by San Francisco artist Ricki Dwyer, as well as a night of cathartic destruction. In the aftermath of Inauguration night, Ricki will lead a workshop in shredding and re-weaving the American flag, transforming it into a new object. All proceeds will be donated to ACLU.
Printed Ghosts/Inauguration Re-weaving Sedative
by Ricki Dwyer
Open Windows Cooperative
1777 Yosemite Ave #340 SF
6 - 9 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
Gear up for the weekend of marches by making a sign in community. It's amazing how powerful a good sign can be-- don't underestimate a bold, simple sign as a tool for communication on a mass scale. We'll bring the materials and the tunes-- you bring your friends, ideas, and/or snacks.
*100% of all proceeds from the show will be donated directly to Planned Parenthood*
New paintings by Mia Christopher
Live music by Pete Fields of Slow Motion Cowboys and Trainwreck Riders
Collaborative foil stamped buttons by Mia Christopher and Open Windows
Hand printed cards and posters by Open Windows
Opening from 6-9pm
Music at 8pm
Refreshments will be provided
Open Windows Cooperative
1777 Yosemite Avenue
San Francisco, CA