I was honored to have led “Bookmaking with Self-Compassion” on
Saturday, May 15, 2021, a workshop which invited participants to:
“Make an artist book celebrating their own creative growth”.
This program was presented through 18th Street Art Center’s Arts Learning Lab, with support from the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health‘s campaign We Rise LA. WE RISE encourages wellbeing and healing through art, connection, community engagement and creative expression and takes/took place during May: Mental Health Awareness Month. It is part of artist Sara Daleiden’s artist project RECOVERY JUSTICE: BEING WELL.
Participants discovered how to create the beautiful, fun and versatile Flower Fold book into which they could add wishes, hopes, prayers and dreams.
These works could become a chain to hang in their homes,
give as a gift,
or remain an individual document of self-expression
exploring what the pandemic has meant to them,
while learning new skills and creating a unique expression of renewal and rebirth during the spring season.
Makers used origami Papers, glue sticks, railroad board, cardstock, ribbon, stickers and items
they found in their immediate environment to create their books.
The results were stunning…beautiful, expressive, evocative, and telling of the past year.
It is a joy to share these self-compassionate bookworks….
These works shall remain powerful and poignant
of a never to be forgotten experience, that lingers and informs our present moment.