I’ve just had a great weekend down in Cremorne (north Sydney, on the harbour, for the geographically challenged like me), teaching a 3D artists’ book course at Primrose Park Paper Arts. I did my usual thing of being very blase about teaching and then being utterly terrified: what was I thinking? What do I know? How in hell’s name am I going to teach that? So I did MASSES of reading and exploring and thinking and preparation – and had a lovely time.
Thanks so much to Christina, Chris, Lea, Julie, Diana, Lydia, Sue, Karen, Brenda, and Suzy for being enterprising, flexible, interested (and interesting) and creative, and to Chris (again, despite feeling ill), Dinah and Jean for organising everything.
“Show and Tell” with Sara to start things off… you may notice a few BookArtObject books in there, illustrating things!
Why teach about 3D book arts? I suppose it’s 40% because I’m so intrigued myself, 40% because my own arts practice appears to have elements of getting 2D printmaking into 3 dimensions by cutting and folding, and 20% because I was so piqued by Professor Ross Woodrow’s remarks at the opening of the Southern Cross Acquisitive Artists’ Book Awards earlier this year! One of the great pleasures of books is their tactility: the ability to pick them up and hold them, and move the pages. Sometimes – not always – you get even more from an artists’ book when there is more to it: more movement, or more texture or more shape*… and that’s why I get excited about artists’ books, and why it was such great fun to share my excitement with other people.
* apparently there’s a theory that less is more. I struggle with that, as you can tell, but I’m prepared to believe there is truth in the idea.