Bio - Sandra Johnson is a Mixed Media artist, Visual Arts teacher, Bookbinder living and working in Brisbane and Logan. Her work has been seen in several exhibitions over the last few years at the Logan Art gallery. These exhibitions have included books, mixed media arts, Altered books and Eco dying
Workshop description - An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.
An artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, rocks, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.
Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Antique or Victorian art is frequently used, probably because it is easier to avoid copyright issues. Altered books are shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet.
A book will be provided for you to develop your own Altered Book. You will need to decide on a theme for your work, either a Family story or an idea from a favourite book, e.g. Alice in Wonderland.
Level - beginner and intermediate
Cost - $55.33 ($ 52 per person including materials + $3.33 credit card fee)
Students to bring - You should collect small ephemera pieces to bring and use to make your book more personal. You should bring cutting knives, scissors ,found ephemera, special paints and images you might want to use.
Minimum number of participants - 5
Maximum number of participants - 10