Sunday, March 7, 2010

Artists' Book Group

Pioneer Valley : Artists' Book Group
prepares for the first monthly meet-up
on April Fool's Day, 2010

Meredith and I are finally, finally starting up an artist's book critique group! Topics for discussion at the first event will include the meeting schedule and location, how other people would find the time most productively and interestingly spent, etc.

The idea is that a friendly group of artistically minded types who appreciate the book as a format for interacting with other visuals meet together on the first Thursday of the month, from 6.30 (potluck) or 7 (group starts), each person bringing with them a project, that is anywhere along the timeline from conception to completion, rough or spit-polished, to talk about ideas with the group.

The focus isn't so much on technique (is the joint big enough? are the boards too thick?) but rather on the visual side: page layout, image, design, etc. And of course the goal is to be supportive and democratic and not at all hierarchical. So there's no cost, and no expectation, and people are welcome to bring intricate projects or scribbles on the back of a napkin, and, of course, friends, colleagues, and other interesting types.

Basically, we suffer from what many working types experience -- art doesn't have deadlines, so it often gets shunted to the end of the priority line. And having a group will keep us on track. Or at least encourage us to get a bit more done!

We'd be thrilled if you joined us -- email stephanie.gibbs[at] for more details.

what more can there be than preparing for the cinematic wonder of Alice in Wonderland?

first al fresco brunch of the year!