Beautiful Work From My First Altered Book Workshop

I was ridiculously nervous and anxious in the week leading up to teaching my first altered book workshop, but things could not have gone better with the class. There were six people in attendance, which was the perfect amount to allow everyone to spread out in the space.

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I started the class with a quick slide show of my altered books and also introduced spectacular work by other artists, like Brian Dettmer and Su Blackwell for inspiration. Because the workshop was only three and a half hours long I chose to focus on folded page techniques because there are many different ways people could take things, and it doesn’t involve waiting for glue to dry.

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Everyone got right down to business after my demo and I wandered around the room answering questions and giving guidance as needed. I loved seeing all the different books people brought to work with and the ideas they came up with to experiment. I ended up also showing people how to make the paper flowers I used in my Container Art installation and these were incorporated into some of the book projects.

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By the end of class everyone had at least one completed book they could take home and work on further, some of which are pictured below.

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Altered books are something I am very excited about and it felt easy to share that passion with other people and make the work accessible. I did some learning of my own in the class, which is what I was hoping for. Some lessons I can apply to my own artwork and others will go towards tweaking how I teach the class. Overall it was an enjoyable experience stepping into the role of teacher and for the next workshop I will be less nervous about the whole thing.

5 thoughts on “Beautiful Work From My First Altered Book Workshop

  1. Roberta says:

    These all look so beautiful. A testament to the skill of the instructor as well as the students. You should submit a proposal to teach at Red Deer College’s Summer Series arts program next summer. Seriously. Email me if you want more details.

  2. Rachael says:

    Thanks Joann and Horst.

    Roberta, that’s a great idea. I was waiting until after teaching the first one to decide where to go with it. I definitely plan to teach more and outside of Vancouver would be great.

  3. Shelley says:

    congratulations, Rachael! you are one of those artists that can create beauty *and* teach others how to do it, which is rare. here’s to more classes!

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