11.06.2019 Thuesday

Raisa Álava: Do it yourself! Do it Basque-style!

Autor: Culture Zone Wrocław

Can you design one page in a minute? According to Raisa Álava, all you need is your imagination! In June, we invite you to workshops on creating comic books, zines and art books, which are addressed especially to those who are just beginning to take their first steps in this field. During the two days, the artist will present various examples of authorial publications, help to write a script, illustrate and create a cover.

On the first day, the group will work on the preparation of the script and the design of their own original publication. Everyone will try to make a zine in an hour. Based on the needs and ideas of the participants, the group will also learn how to present such publications and other techniques of their realization. On the second day, the group will work on the cover using screen printing. The participants will be able to create their own design or use the one that the workshop leader will make especially for them.

We invite not only adults but also young people from 14 years and older to participate in the workshops. It does not matter whether you draw or not. The workshops are meant to help you get rid of your design concerns by teaching you how to prepare your own publication in a simple way.


The workshops will be conducted jointly by Álava and Wrocław-based Ewa Głowacka, therefore the knowledge of English is important, but the communicative level is sufficient. The workshops are free of charge. You can register via e-mail at airwro@strefakultury.pl. The number of participants is limited. Workshops are addressed to individuals aged 14 and above.

The number of places is limited. Workshops are for people aged 14 and over.



Bilbao-based Raisa Álava is a graduate of ceramics and history of art at the University of the Basque Country and post-graduate studies in illustration and comics at the ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. The artist works with drawing, graphic design, screen printing and ceramics. She deals with real and imaginary experiences, collective memory and random thoughts. Participant of numerous exhibitions, including the group show “Wall Between” at SC Gallery in Bilbao (2019). Her recent projects include magazine illustrations, solo shows, workshops and site specific installations.

Ewa Głowacka is a graphic designer and graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and history of art at the University of Wrocław and Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao. She is involved in the activities of various grassroots groups (including the zine collective Moduł Kru, the GRAS working group, and until 2015 the graphic collective sitoCRK and Galeria U). She runs educational, graphic and bookbinding workshops. An enthusiast of D.I.Y. actions and zines.


Raisa Álava has been invited to Wrocław for a study visit as part of the AIR Wro programme. In 2019, a section of its summer edition is dedicated to the phenomenon of self-publishing. Alongside two other artists – Eneka Fernández and Irène Mélix – Álava will explore Wrocław’s independent circles and initiatives active in this field.

The co-organiser of the study visit and workshops of Raisa Álava is the Etxepare Basque Institute.

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