Archive | January, 2014

Beginning Bookmaking at Carolina Learning Connection– Register Now!

29 Jan


Do you journal or make lists? Looking for handmade gifts to give? Ever want to start your own hand-bound ‘zine? Learn the basics of bookmaking with an artful approach. This class will teach proper bookmaking techniques such as paper folding, basic bindings, and variations for covers. This class will provide time for you to make several hand-bound journals. A small supply list will be provided upon registration, so that you may have supplies to continue bookmaking after this class is over. A number of hand-outs will be provided covering topics such as,  instructions covered in class, an online and local resource guide, inspiration, and bookmaking titles to check out.

Taught by Molly Wilbanks at Carolina Learning Connection (click here to register).

Cost: $34

Location: 2311 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203 : CLC Room 1

Date: Monday February 3rd, 6:30-9:30pm



Wasteland, the film

13 Jan

“Wasteland”, by Lucy Walker, is a film about the artist Vic Muniz.Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 5.22.22 PMIf you don’t know Muniz, you should. His artwork is magical and whimsical in the most beautiful way. I have always loved his work, and was happy to see the portraits that are featured in this film, at The Mint, here in Charlotte. I didn’t know he was also a humanitarian until I saw this feature. I do love a good artist who also happens to care about people. That Muniz could also contribute something so great (a large sum of money) back to those whom he photographed is awesome; not everyone can do that. I am so glad that there are people who realize how incredible Vic Muniz’s work is, and are willing to spend a lot of dollars on it.

This film shows the making of the portraits, from selecting the subjects, to photographing them, to the real work of art, re-creating the image, with trash. These images are huge, they take up a whole warehouse floor, Muniz must climb up some really tall scaffolding to view, direct, and photograph the works. The process is quite something to watch. waste-land-2

I found this film fascinating, as I spend more time than I would like to admit thinking about the refuse of daily life, it’s hard not to when we live in a consumerism culture. Something has to happen to those things when they are not wanted anymore and so, because we live in a consumerism culture, we also live in a wasteful culture. What happens to all that waste? Well if you’re lucky, like five people in Brazil were, it becomes a work of art, and then changes your life forever.

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