I am honored to share the words of the artist, curator, filmmaker and fonder/director of Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, Juri Koll:
Please join us for either or both of these FREE online community events! Materials and goody bag provided for those who sign up, and go to the Branch sites to pick them up.
Help us celebrate National Poetry Month and the culmination of two wonderful residency programs that were conducted entirely online! You will have the opportunity to create your own “Flag Book” and adding your own or other favorite poetry to it! Learn how to do “found writing” and express yourself through art and poetry without leaving the comfort of your own home. Details on the fliers below!!
2021 it seems, may also prove to be a year like no other, finding us teaching online, in my case through Zoom, engaging in what is called, “distance learning”. Well, you can’t beat the commute and clean-up time, and I found there are indeed ways to connect significantly with students and colleagues, and even teach some things!
In March 2021, I led an scroll making program in honor of Women’s History Month focused on Celebrating Women Artists, at the Panorama City Branch Library, part of my artist residency in bookmaking there, through the wonderful Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Participants were invited to cut out the provided images of the artists, their work, and the information about them, and add them to sheets of brightly colored tag board paper, which they had attached to wooden sticks, or dowels at either end, to create unique scrolls.
Each maker created a different composition with the materials provided in our fun and informative supplies packets.
One young maker added painting to the surface, then his father added images honoring women artists to complete the scroll!
Scrolls could be horizontal or vertical, and rolled up at either end and then unfurled.
Ribbon was provided for participants to keep their rolled scrolls in place if they wished to.
Here Panorama City Branch Library Branch Manager Roman gets into the act!
An honoring of Women’s History Month, Women Artists, specific women artists, the Library, and especially, of human creativity, imagination and ingenuity!
SO needed, especially during this past year and into the current one.
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For ALL AGES! Size is limited so call to register soon!
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
It has been exciting to lead programs at the Granada Hills Branch Library of the LAPL, as part of my Artist Residency there: “We Write the Book“, supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
In honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, I led a workshop for all on how to marble paper, create scrolls and put these two forms together into one of the oldest book structures extant.
Scrollwork made by an adult artist at a UCLA-Fowler Museum program and generously gifted to me, and which I often use as a sample/model to inspire students.
We begin by floating specially formulated inks on the surface of a tub of water. The ink colors can be gently moved around to create designs. Papers are then carefully lowered onto the surface of the “inked” water, and pick up the designs, like a monoprint!
The marbled papers are lifted out of the tub, placed on and under and blotted with paper towels, which absorb excess water and help with the drying process.
The results can be delicate pastel,
or stronger colors and patterns, depending on the colors and handling of the inks.
While their marbled papers were drying, participants chose bright tagboard papers for their scrolls and added wooden dowels at the vertical top and bottom of the pieces. They then added their marbled papers and a myriad of other materials!
We used both glue sticks and tacky glue, depending on the weight of the materials added.
The results were resplendent, with the softer strength marbled papers contrasting with gold ribbon and more.
Intergenerational attendance enriched the experience, as participants of all ages engaged their creativity and learned new skills in the process.
Whole families joined us, even with very young attendees! Hopefully, these young parents of two got a break.
Attendees young and old loved adding two and three-dimensional stickers,
washi tape, ribbon and string,
putting them all together in imaginative and innovative ways to create singular scrollworks.
This says it all. The Library belongs to Everyone!
Join us for an extraordinary scroll-making and paper marbling workshop in honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month!
Everyone is welcome!
All materials provided, just bring yourself, your creativity, and friends and family!
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs