Permission to Rebel
The entire room resounded with an audible, and collective, sound of shock. We all looked at her with shear amazement for about 10 seconds, then some people applauded, others nodded in solidarity, and still some laughed nervously while looking at the door as if they were waiting for the "book police" to burst through at any moment.
It was the first time I had seen someone intentionally destroy a book. But the catch was that she wasn't destroying it, she was repurposing it, and eventually asked us to do the same.
I spent years looking at book art that felt like magic. After graduating from Mills College with my MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry, I worked for my professor, Julie Chen (www.flyingfishpress.com) as a studio assistant, We spent hours everyday making books. Binding, gluing, folding, sewing, cutting, fusing, and creasing, until there was no more magic.
And before you let this sadden you, I have to tell you that the moment the magic was gone is the exact moment that I found my entry into a world that had otherwise seemed inaccessible. Moving beyond the magic of book art was the way I gave myself permission to enter into that space of creative rebellion. It was the way I allowed myself to love something for exactly what it was and not for what I thought it was.
I had learned all the rules, the traditional way of doing things in book art, and I could now break those rules and do what my creative energy was asking (begging) of me.
My First Act of Rebellion
This is how I decided that I wanted to be a bookbinding teacher and what my teaching style would look like. I took up the mission to demystify bookbinding and book art for people who may otherwise not have access to this form of art, people who live simply, but with intention like me, and people who want nothing more than to create something that makes them feel purposeful in the world.
It was through this first act of rebellion that I found my voice, my path, MY MAGIC.
Teaching What You Love
I get inspiration from lots of places, but one of the most magical sources of inspiration is from my students. I love watching how they take my basic tutorials for a book and create sacred vessels for their art, their words, and their dreams. It's one of the best parts of what I do.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My hope is that you will join us if you haven't already and get inspired by the beautiful work of the other students. That you'll come with your personal creative energy and an open heart and see where the lessons take you. Join us and see what the teachers ignite in you, see how your art changes as you begin to think of color in a new way, and ultimately, experience your own creative rebellion.