How it Works:
The surprising process of making artist’s books can be used to inspire creativity, link local culture and individual ideas, and develop craftsmanship through experimenting, problem-solving and brainstorming. Creating a book can serve as a model for any project that goes through development from initial idea to final product, and the process can help open minds to new ways of approaching obstacles.
Using common materials to make unusual objects, this workshop challenges participants to reconsider their preconceptions and develop their ideas to create a unique book work by learning basic skills, collaborating with peers and developing their ideas to create a finished artwork.
Benefits include thinking creatively, gaining confidence in one’s creativity, looking at familiar things in a new light and collaborating to develop ideas.
Because it is set up in three distinct sections, this workshop is adaptable to time available, from two hours to all day. This service is available year-round. Please contact the artist at least a month in advance (but may be available on shorter notice, depending on artist’s schedule).
About the Artist:
Tara Bryan is a painter and book artist who has lived and worked in Newfoundland for the past 23 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a lifetime member of VANL/CARFAC, and won its Long Haul Award in 2010. Tara was a finalist for the NLAC Arts Achievement Award in 2011, and was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts for Book Design in 2012. Her painting “Aftermath (cracking up)” was selected for a large-scale mural installed on the façade of the Convention Centre in downtown St. John’s.
Tara has taught Artist Book workshops in schools through the Artists in the Schools and ArtsSmarts programmes, and at the Labrador Creative Arts Festival. She taught classes through MUN Lifelong Learning and The Anna Templeton Centre, and has led workshops for a broad range of adult groups, including professional artists at the Banff Centre, museum directors at The Rooms, and printmakers and others at St. Michael’s Printshop.
As walking bird press, Tara creates innovative artist books, and her paintings can be seen at Christina Parker Gallery.