It's been quite some time since I've last posted; since the beginning of the new year I have been dividing my time between various projects. I am very pleased to finally share some news on them with you:
Next month will be time once again for this year's annual celebration of the Barcelona “VI Festival of Artist Books and Limited Editions”, hosted by the Barcelona Cultural Association IDLE (I libri de...), organized and curated by the Association's Art Director Elisa Pellacani.
The Festival is held in Barcelona once a year, to specificially coincide with The Feast of St. George, on April 23rd, 2011, declared by UNESCO as the "International Day of the Book". Each Festival carries a specific theme; this year, its fourth, has been titled “Use A Book”, intended to inspire reflection on the usefullness of the book in artistic creation.
The Festival features the work of book artists from the world over, and coinciding with this year's theme of "Use A Book", will include “handbooks, travel logs, journals, books to build with and books to play with, memoirs and projects: the book; an opportunity for the artist to dialogue with the world".
My participation in the Festival this year is particuarly special, as not only will I be taking part as a book artist and author at the event, this year I am honoured to have been invited to participate as a contributing author in this year's edition of the book-catalogue that is edited and published to coincide with the day of the event, (April 23rd), of this year's edition of “Use A Book”. (Whoo-hoo!)
The Association ILDE is currently coordinating a program of events, including “meet the artist” venues, book talks, exhibitions and specific workshops so that everyone will have the opportunity to be present and take part in and enjoy the Festival “Use a Book” 2011!!!:
I will be present as a participating author at these meetings and exhibitions, as well offering workshop activities planned as part of the Festival at the various participating venues in Barcelona.
For further information on the many venues and workshops being planned for the Festival, please click here to consult the Association's website.
In conjunction with the Festival, I am also pleased to share some news on upcoming workshop opportunties with a special guest artist who will be present to coincide with the Festival 2011: for the first time in Spain, Cheryl Darrow, owner and founder of “TENseconds Studio” based in Texas, USA will be present both at the Festival itself as well as at several other venues where she and I will be giving workshops.
She is the "creator and owner of TENseconds Studio, founded in 2004, which she runs together with her daughter, Megan, since 2005. Cheryl conducts mixed media workshops at Scrapbooking shops and workshop studios all over the world. She has taken the age-old art form of repousse and brought it into the 21st Century, using her many metal embossing tools, mats, a wide range of coloured metals and her incredible selection of fabulously textured molds. Her passion for arts includes Calligraphy, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and showing others how to "metalize their worlds"!"
You will be amazed and inspired at all the wonderful things you can create with TENsecond Studios metal, tools and molds! Come and see us at the Festival and join in on the fun and creativity in our workshops!
Here is a small sample of some of the amazing Scrapbooking, mixed media and artist book projects that have been created using TENsecond Studio's fantastic products:
I will be updating in the near future with more details on Cheryl and my workshops.
In the meantime, should you have any questions or if you are interested in reserving your spot (as spaces in the workshops are limited), please don't hesitate to contact me directly by email...To be continued...!