UPCOMING EVENT May 2019
On Friday 3rd of May 2019, I'll be doing a presentation & mini-workshop experience for delegates at the South Australian Christian Schools Library Conference. Due to the time & scale of workshop, I ask that you bring an old / found / rescued / discarded hard-backed book with a sturdy spine & any collage materials eg. ephemera, old magazines etc you fancy using. My workshops are usually a minimum of 3 hours, so this will be a shorter but sweet hands-on taster for the end of the conference!
Be guided by artist Janet Gallagher to begin your own Altered Book Art Journal. This form of art journaling is an excellent way to express yourself, to experiment & explore ideas & a variety of mixed media. It’s also a great way to transform unwanted old books into rich & personal, creative journals.
All materials are supplied including diverse collage materials & a diverse range of art media to explore in a friendly small group setting.
All materials are supplied (BUT if you have an old hard-backed book already, bring it along plus any special bits & pieces you might like to include in it.) There are really no rules & art experience is not important, only your willingness to explore & play.
Any questions? Get in touch with Janet.
Janet Gallagher is a practicing artist & arts facilitator working across a range of different media for over 25 years. Her Adventures in art have included exploring printmaking, collage, sculpture & installation & being employed in a variety of arts, community & health settings. She enjoys helping people of all ages to cultivate their creative spirit in whatever form it takes.
No art experience is needed, only your willingness to explore & let yourself play!
In 2017/2018 /2019 I've facilitated these fun workshops
across several venues & centres for adults & children...
✨The Red Hen Strathalbyn
Recreate Community Mt Pleasant ✨
✨Barossa Regional Gallery
The Summit Community Centre✨
Hills ReVamp, Littlehampton
The Hut Community Centre, Aldgate✨
If you'd like to have me come & run a workshop in your area or community please get in touch!
call 0409150469 or email me here.
✨✨Here's what some past participants said...✨✨
"Thanks so much for today - I really loved it! You’ve got me inspired and excited about creative possibilities!"
"Stimulating, interesting, fun, exciting, friendly"
"Wonderful & so full of wonders - loved every moment"
Below are some montages of participants creations.
Altered Book Art Journal
An ongoing Journal Journey
An Altered Book is the creative repurposing or re-use of old books to become a living document. Altering can take many forms & for every person who does this, there will be as many unique ways & results.
I have found this is an ideal way to explore a variety of media, ideas, expressions and ways of journalling life.
They can be a way of saving old books from ending up as landfill, (yes, it does happen) & giving them a new life as a personal art journal. It can be an alternative to consuming more things, in the form of a new blank journal.
I began this one in 2014 after completeing a 'normal' blank page visual journal, to try something different & because they were in great supply & almost being given away. The books are sourced mainly from giveaway trolleys or in opp shops. Old hardcover books are ideal as the paper quality & feel has more body and substance and presence as an object and can withstand altering.
I love books and see this process as a way to give old & often unwanted books another rich creative incarnation.
There are many resources online & altered book groups on Facebook too. Here's a great resource from Lisa Volrath which shows how to prepare a book especially if you want to remove pages.