However, the new year arrived bitterly cold – biting us mercilessly and Jack Frost brought his beauty thanks to the cold.
CHRISTMAS FAIRS AND MARKETS
I had a very successful season this year at the craft shows and Christmas markets. It was very nice to see familiar faces and new ones. This was the first year I attended the Noel Market at the
I had a great time with the other vendors, met some new and interesting people, sold a lot of books and had a great deal of fun. Museum of Civilization.
PHOTOGRAPHIC DIALOGUE PROJECT
For the past year I have participated in a project called Photographic Dialogue. Ginger Burrell, a bookbinder and photographer, from California, initiated the project. There were 25 international participants involved in the project. Ginger would send a photograph one week and I would respond with a photograph the following week. We were not allowed to talk about the photographs, which was very difficult at times. It was also a great deal of fun because one could respond to anything in the photo, so the responses were motivating, thought provoking and funny. The project came to a close at the end of December. I will be putting the photographs together and making two books, one for Ginger and one for myself. I’ll post pictures once the books are completed.
Ginger started out the project with this photograph. It went to all of the participants.
This was my response to her photograph. We continued to dialogue with one another throughout the year with our photographs. A great project.
365 DAYS OF HAND WRITING – A BOOKBINDING PROJECT
Hand writing (cursive) is no longer being taught in schools. In response to this, I have started a bookbinding project, for 2014, that involves collecting 365 different samples of hand writing. I will bind the samples in weekly groups. At the end of the year there will be fifty-two hand bound books in a variety of styles. Once I have completed the books, I will exhibit the collection. If you wish to participate, contact me at: email@example.com and I will send you the project guidelines.
MARCH BREAK OFFERING -
OF ART OTTAWA SCHOOL
35 GEORE STREET CAMPUS
PRINT MAKING, LETTER PRESS AND BOOKBINDING
MARCH 10 – 14, 2014 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
I am collaborating with Guillermo Trejo, a print maker and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art. During spring break, at the
George Street campus, we are offering a one week course in print making, letter press and bookbinding. In this one week class, using the theme of spring, you will learn how to create free image lino cuts for printmaking. You will learn how to set-up and print selected quotes, with one colour in the letterpress and then bind the prints and letterpress pages into a limited edition set of books. Students will also exchange prints to create a class book.
School of Art: General Interest Courses Ottawa
by phone: 613-241-7471/ Online: firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Winter courses and workshops are starting up again. Here is the following line-up.
Jan. 14 – April 1
1800 – 2100
Book Arts – 12 Weeks
WINTER 2014 – Orléans Campus – Shenkman Arts Centre
Jan. 15 – April 2
1300 – 1600
Book Arts - Intro - $260.
WINTER 2014 - Workshops – Orléans Campus – Shenkman Arts Centre
10:00 – 4:00
Japanese Stab Binding - $110
10:00 – 4:30
Introductory Box Making - $110
February 6 – 27
1:00 – 4:00
Artist’s Portfolio Presentation Case - $150
10:00 – 1:00
Hand Decorated Paper - $80
10:00 – 1:00
Flowers & Folding Books - $80
NEW OFFERING – ARTIST’S PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION
This winter I am offering a workshop called Artist’s Portfolio Presentation Case, for four Thursday afternoons. There are two different styles; one has an envelope enclosure to hold the artist’s portfolio and the other has a box constructed within the covers to hold the portfolio. One of these will be taught in the February workshop.
This is the portfolio opened. It has an envelope enclosure and can be opened completely to remove the portfolio. I have a book inside with a paste paper cover.
I lined the inside of the portfolio case with a beautiful copper foil Japanese paper. A little bit of decadence inside a fairly plain cover.
I taught at both campuses, at the Ottawa School of Art, this fall. I had a great deal of fun with the students as did they with me. Here are some of their comments about the course and the instructor:
· Loved the course and the Mary’s teaching style
· The skill level (introductory) of the course was perfect for us
· Fabulous course, most enjoyable
· Mary is a great instructor, willing to take time with each person
· Excellent course. Mary is a wonderful, caring, patient instructor – Bravo
What a nice way to end a semester of teaching. Thank you.
My students have been busy since taking the Book Arts Course. One of my students, Eva, was in
Ottawa for a year and has now returned to . She is making some amazing books. Spain
Another student, Marie, who is a fiber artist in Ottawa, has also been making some incredible books. She does some amazing things with paper and texture.
SHOW AND TELL
Approximately every 6 months, I have a show and tell with my past and present students. They bring work that they are working on or have completed to show and talk about. It is a very enjoyable time and new friendships are made. This year our show and tell will be Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at La Moulin Provence in the Market - the big bakery in the long building.
Have a great January.
Have a great January.