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I’m going to Haystack!

Haystack logoIn a few days I’ll be leaving for Haystack, which will mark the end of my summer of insanely awesome book arts education. Going to Haystack after having been to the Paper and Book Intensive and the Focus on Book Arts conference in the same year makes me feel unworthy.

I definitely feel like I’m living a dream.

There wasn’t really a choice in deciding whether or not to go – I’m attending a session with one of my idols, Julie ChenIt’s All in the Game: The Playful Artist’s Book.

The interactive potential inherent in both artist’s books and board games invites a range of possibilities for combining elements from each to create a new hybrid form. We will begin by doing a series of content and design exercises to help get the process started. Then each participant will create a piece that is part artist’s book and part functioning board game.

Book art techniques will be used to print and assemble the game boards, and to make the rule booklets, spinners and various game pieces that will be part of each set. Participants will create a compartmented box to house all the elements of their artists’ book/game sets.

This class is really relevant – my husband and I are really big fans of game playing. In fact, his whole family is too. We host a Diplomacy tournament at our house every year. I look forward to the possibility of collaborating on a project with my husband – he’s great with strategy.

The best part is that I don’t have to fly there. Deer Isle, ME is so close that I can get there via car in six hours. I can pack my van with as much stuff as I want!

If I can get internet access (and I’m not totally exhausted), I’ll be blogging about the class at the end of each day.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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