It's catch up Monday.
This means I will not complete a painting today. I will be painting (oh yes oh yes!) and have a large one in process, but it will take more than one day. I am still creating, though, so today you get a little peek into the process of deconstruction.
In preparation for the "Tangled and Bound" class with bookbinder Jackie Radford, I rounded up a big stack of completed pieces of art to tear up. Yes! You heard me right - pieces to destroy! And so I collected art on paper which was languishing in a portfolio, things I don't really like or were practice pieces for something larger, things which were a one-time display or things that were just plain ugly. And I found a heap load of them.
Using a metal ruler and a 5 x 7 piece of cardboard as a model, I tore all of the art into pieces just the right size to bind into a journal. Yahoo! It felt so wonderful to remove these misfit pieces from the studio and deconstruct them into purposeful pieces to build something new. In the journal, some of the pieces will be turned upside down or backwards, and each of them becomes something completely different in this new format.
Destroying something I worked hard to create should feel awful. But in this case, it was a liberating activity which made me super excited for the upcoming class.
If you're in the mood to deconstruct your own art and bind it into a special book, sign up for day two of "Tangled and Bound." Want to make your own journal pages? Sign up for day one. And if you want to both make art AND create a one-of-a-kind hand-bound journal, sign up for the two full days. Either way, we are going to make beautiful books together!
Sign up online at www.cielcharlotte.com or click on this link: Tangled and Bound
Jen Walls and her imaJENation