VIRTUAL PROGRAM An Apothecary of Daily Practice: a handmade book as a library of things

Saturday, Sep. 26, 1:00-4:00pm

Book artist and writer, Suzi Banks Baum returns to the Great Barrington Public Libraries to lead a book arts workshop designed to develop powers of attention through devotion to daily creative practice. In three 3-hour sessions on Zoom, participants will build a soft bodied multi-signature book with a dust cover jacket. Over the 3 sessions, we will initiate the practice of observation in these books. We will reflect on ordinary objects through drawing, watercolor, collage, and writing. Previous bookmaking experience is not required.

Our lives are surrounded by and immersed in things. How much do you actually look at them or engage with these objects as entities? Not a jug, but that jug. This workshop is part of a new collection at the Ramsdell called The Library of Things.

The Zoom sessions include a mindfulness practice, free writing, and demonstrations of techniques. We will work together on our books and journal pages during the Zoom sessions. Attendance of all three sessions is optimal. Participants will complete one multi-signature book along with one small sample book.

Class supplies will be prepared in packets to be picked up at the Mason Public Library (231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA) between September 18-25.

This class meets Saturdays, September 26, October 10 and October 24 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Zoom.

Please register, this program is limited to 16 participants. Registered participants will receive the Zoom log-in information.

Participants will be given a list of simple materials to gather which will support their work in the class. (A tray of watercolors, scissors, ruler, eraser, scrap paper, personal ephemera, etc.)

Suzi Banks Baum dwells at the crossroad of literary and visual arts. A writer, mixed media and book artist, Suzi expresses the holy ordinary. She is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lives in the Berkshires of Massachusetts on land stolen from the Mohican people. Her devotion to daily creative practice is the superfood for her signature teachings: Backyard Art Camp, the Powder Keg Writing Workshops, and Advent Dark Journal.

Suzi travels to Gyumri, Armenia yearly to teach the book arts to women artists. She also administers the Writers Studio of the Pentaculum residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She teaches for the International Women’s Writing Guild and will be at Snowfarm Craft School in May 2021 in Florence, MA. Her first book, An Anthology of Babes gives voice to 36 artist mothers. Fiction published in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory by Anchala Studios and the Walloon Writers Review.

This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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