I was asked to join a friend and do a workshop learning how to make an art journal with the talented artist Ro Bruhn. This type of work is slightly outside my comfort zone. I do love ‘art quilts’ and using different processes to make an art quilt, but a journal was something completely foreign to me. I hummed and haaaaed for a moment – and then thought it was worth the risk! It was very self indulgent – it wasn’t going to be for anyone else – but me to enjoy. Yes – I would go for it!!
We had to take a mountain of ‘scraps’ – I have plenty of those – and some lace, and buttons, and zips, and braids and wool and envelopes and teabag tags and anything else you think you could use in a journal- including some special sacred fabric that you never had used (up until now) was also suggested!
Organised scraps for the journal cover
I was able to use some of those bits and pieces people give me as they know I like sewing – not necessarily patchwork fabrics – brilliant!
First page in progress
The first few pages were easy enough on the first day but we had to return in a month’s time with more pages. As the month wore on, the inspiration and ideas waned a little and it became harder to think of more pages. Oh – did I mention, that the lovely Ro suggested we try and make FOURTEEN PAGES IN THE MONTH!! I did realise that 14 pages meant 14 mini quilts.
Some furnishing fabric and some hand made silk paper plus
and this page is nearly finished
And just to show a few more pages
and some silk flowers made for a cushion (that I never finished) get a new life!and a bit of the glitter from braids and trims and an old Indian cushion found in an op shop.some Kantha quilting with a dyed doily as contrastNaturally I used Ne 50, Ne 40, Ne 28 and Ne 12 in the art journal construction!
Discussing it with my workshop classmates we all seemed to have been burning the midnight oil trying to get the cutting and pasting done as well as the sewing. It was worth it in the end ——- we all produced personal and creative books. We learnt more about colour and relaxing with our stitching (raw edge zig zag is encouraged) and ‘wonky’ lines are seen as artistic and not incorrect.
I had the best time – what a wonderful workshop – so free to decide what colour goes with another – not to worry about edges or straight lines or stitch length or neatness. Thanks Ro for the best 2 days of workshop – I am so looking forward to finishing my journal and maybe creating a new one (once I can tidy up some of the scraps (aka mess) in the sewing room.