Valerie J. Bower, Slanguage Artist included in “Call and Response”
Cynthia Navarro, Tiny Splendor press
Moderated by Anthony Zavala
Join us for a talk with artists Valerie J. Bower of Slanguage Studio and Cynthia Navarro of Tiny Splendor Press as they discuss the Risograph process and how it can be used to develop your creative practice. Risograph printing is a technology that enables illustrators, writers, photographers, poets and other creative professionals to self publish high quality prints on an affordable budget.
Valerie J. Bower
Valerie is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her dream-like, monochrome street photography show a softer, feminine point of view on typically masculine themes and subjects. Focusing primarily on POC, she documents various street cultures and everyday life in Los Angeles. She has also explored the influences of West Coast and lowrider culture in other parts of the U.S., Tokyo, Japan, and Tijuana, Mexico. Her work also includes a collection of self-published books, zines, and other printed items such as letter writing and postcard sets. In 2017, Valerie’s photography book “Homegirls” was archived into the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Cynthia was born and raised in a small desert town in Southern California. In 2006, she ventured off to UC Santa Cruz to study Fine Arts. She concentrated in tree hugging, drawing and printmaking and fell in love with the idea of multiples. She first became inspired by printmaking, which unites the originality of drawing with the ubiquity of multiples and builds a strong collaborative community. After Santa Cruz, she lived in Berkeley, Ca working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and collaborated with her wonderful friends in creating Tiny Splendor, an art collective dedicated to kinder trades. When she had time she enjoyed helping and printing lithographs, relief, intaglio and silkscreens at Max’s Garage Studio. After two or so years in Bay Area, she headed to Los Angeles, where she currently resides and looking for creative work outlets.