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Speaking Volumes: A book arts projectPosted: July 14, 2012

Speaking volumes is a unique series of artist bookmaking workshops that is touring throughout the Columbia Basin.

Two artists are providing mentorship while encouraging participants to express their own style.  This project is to explore collaboration between communities while introducing a multifaceted and widely celebrated art form, bookmaking.

The outcome of these tactile workshops will be a showcase of handmade books by individuals from each town.  In addition to this collection, a large collaborative book assembled using a page provided by each participating community will be exhibited.

Jenn Hamm and Nyla Raney are two artists brought together by their affinity for artist made books and contemporary bookmaking.  Both artists live in Salmo in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.

Drawing from their individual takes on this age old process, the artists will cover many aspects of bookmaking during the July 24 workshop being held at The Arts Station in Fernie.

Speaking Volumes workshops are open to anyone over the age of fifteen and interested in handmade books.  The artist’s invite inexperienced, as well as expert, bookmakers to participate with the goal of creating a wider network of handmade book enthusiasts.

Mediums to work with include paste paper (covers), collage, drawing, book binding and embellishment, as well as, linear content.  There will be supplies provided; however, it is requested that participants bring any special materials and papers that they may want to use.

The Columbia Basin Trust has generously provided ‘Speaking Volumes’ with funding for the purpose of travel to interested communities within the Basin.  The artist’s fee is not covered therefore it is requested that a fee is charged to individual participants unless the venue has a budget allotted for projects of this nature.

The more communities able to participate in this interactive project, the more diverse the final exhibition will be!

Again, the workshop is July 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact The Arts Station at (250) 423-4842 or at [email protected]

The Arts Station

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