Dates: Aug 17 - Aug 21 , 2016 - 5 day(s) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.
Computers, tablets and e-books are capturing our attention, but how
can we create our own handmade innovative books? Experimenting with
different folded, glued and sewn book structures, participants will also
explore stitching, weaving and layering book pages.
The interplay between materials, structure and content will be
discovered. Personal words will be encouraged… to be incorporated into
these innovative book structures.
Participants are encouraged to bring old books and interesting
materials from their own collections to experiment with. Sample artists’
books and slides will be shared for inspiration.
We are not bound by convention.
I was first introduced to Jan Baker's amazing work in 2013 during Sandra Brownlee's Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word workshop at Big Cat Textiles in Scotland. I fell head over heels in love with Jan's work...well, even more so, truth be told...last August while experiencing Sandra's workshop again, this time at Long Ridge Farm.
The first assignment in Sandra's class is to cover your notebook in such a way that you want to hold it, touch it and work in it. I chose a fairly large one and, at the end of day 2, decided that it was jsut wrong for me because every exercise over the first 2 days had been a struggle.
Day 3 found me carrying a new, smaller notebook, indigo fabric, thread and my chair out into the field where
I settled in front of Jan's section of the fence line to gain inspiration while creating a new cover.
The whole class found Jan's work mesmerizing, inspiring and mysterious.In fact, Jan Baker, who are you? became a central theme that week.
Can you guess where I'll be August 17-21? I hear there are a few more spots open in the class. Click here if you're interested. Hope to see you there!
There's been a whole lot of piecing materials together,
stepping back to look,
noticing little details and, of course,
There's even been a curator's visit and selection for an upcoming exhibition so, while the full piece can't be shared yet, The Red Boat is complete. Well, as complete as a work is sans hanging device. Does that count?
My mind is now contemplating what to make of the remnants...
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."
Renwick Gallery during WONDER exhibition