In honor of Women’s History Month the West Valley Regional Branch Library celebrates women artists with a bookmaking workshop led by our artist in residence Debra Disman!
Please join us to create your own handmade book, learn about artists Faith Ringgold, Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama and add what you learn about them to your books! All materials will be provided.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
This event is part of my Artist Residency in Bookmaking, “We Write the Book” at the West Valley Regional Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library, supported by the Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Residency is comprised of a series of bookmaking workshops presented at the Library, planned in close coordination with Library Staff.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of Frida Kahlo, Faith Ringgold, and Yayoi Kusama by creating a fantastic handmade book. Exercise your creativity and learn new skills in the process!
This is an online program. Space and supplies are limited to the first 20 patrons who register. There is a limit of 2 supply packs per household.
Registration and supplies will be distributed in order of request.
For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.
Para ajustes razonables según la ley de ADA, llama al (213) 228-7430 al menos 72 horas antes del evento.
Inspired by the artist Faith Ringgold’s “Story Quilts”, participants including children, adults and families, used a glorious melange of soft materials (well, there were some buttons…) to create their own textile hangings, tapestries of sorts, learning about five very special women artists in the process.
Faith Ringgold of New York City, Yayoi Kusama of Japan, Liza Lou of Los Angeles, Frida Kahlo of Mexico, and Georgia O’Keeffe of New Mexico were presented and discussed, and participants incorporated images of the artists and their work into their projects. The creative juxtaposition of materials and images was thrilling…and inspiring.
Children’s Librarian Aida got into the act with Georgia O’Keeffe, one of her favorite artists.
Feathers are fun!
This maker ensconced herself at one end of the room and focussed intensively on the materials.
Devotion to detail…
A glorious melange of felt, feathers, canvas and cloth…
Laying out the components in an orderly fashion…
Creating borders framing the work.
This Mom brings her two daughters to the program every week and enjoys creating with them. Talented…
She created a butterfly!
He created the five elements!
Serious little makers having fun. Did this little princess create her castle in her piece?
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 Women’s History Month, I led a workshop on how to create mini “matchbox books”. Open to the whole community, participants included families, seniors, children, adults and youth. Participants used actual matchboxes as the container or “cover of their books, and folded accordion pages to place inside them. I had appropriately-sized images of the work of five amazing women artists, who the makers learned about, and used in and on their pieces.
Faith Ringgold of New York City, Yayoi Kusama of Japan, Liza Lou of Los Angeles, Frida Kahlo of Mexico, and Georgia O’Keeffe of New Mexico were featured, nd participants incorporated images of their work and the artists themselves into their projects, hopefully learning about them and being inspired in the process
Families work together.
Honored members of the Friends of the Library joined us.
Mother and daughter work side by side.
I couldn’t agree more!
Purple and pink…perennial favorites.
Kusama’s polka dots rule….
Kahlo graces the cover…
Our fearless, peerless teen librarian, Kristin Peers, joins the fun!
It is such an honor to serve this community as Artist in Residence, and get to know the families and individuals who frequent the Branch, as well as its awesome Staff.