Rachel and I met at Silver Bella last year when she joined the Silver Bella Souvenir Journal swap I hosted. At that time, she proposed the idea of hosting an retreat that would focus on journal making. I got to see Rachel again this past March when we both attended Kim Caldwell's Moulin Rouge event. We resumed the conversation about her vision of hosting an art retreat and after lots of discussion and encouragement from some great friends, Rachel decided to make it happen... and she asked me to come to Omaha to teach!
I will be teaching a class called Handmade Inspiration Journal. In this class, we will be sewing and glueing to make a journal filled with lots of gloriously chunky, mismatchy and patchworky pages made from repurposed and vintage materials.
I began making books in 2003, after taking a bookmaking class at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. For 10 glorious Friday mornings, I was a sponge and my creative path changed forever. I fell head over heels in love with Book Arts and everything I have subsequently studied has really been out of my desire to be more creative, innovative and original with my books...calligraphy, metalsmithing (for closures and embellishments), stamp carving (to create original images), and papermaking, to name a few.
The pages in my journals have always been from reclaimed materials...letterhead from a company going out of business, stationery, sketch paper, graph paper, etc. Basically anything I could find at Goodwill, Salvation Army and thrift stores, and the older, the better. Vintage magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, labels (Dennison, Reyburns...drool!) also find their way on to the pages. And then, a year or so ago when I took Mary Ann Moss' online class Remains of the Day (was that just not the best class?!), I was inspired to go bolder with my pages...anything and everything is journal fodder!
This event (another event is already in the works for early Spring 2012!) will be small and spots are already going fast! I hope you'll join us!