The Playful Artist’s Book with Julie Chen – Day 2

We started day 2 of Julie’s workshop by sharing our mind maps with everyone in the group. The best part of this was that everyone got to give and receive feedback on their work so far. I now have a few new ideas of how I can incorporate my “purge” concept into a game:

  • The point of the game is to get rid of all of your cards (possessions).
  • Have random objects on the cards that on the surface, seem like they have no value. On the reverse side of the cards, give reasons why these items have value. This would could encourage attachment or give folks pause when having to get rid of a card.
  • You can loan your possessions to others.
  • Through the game, you learn that it’s okay to get rid of things – you can’t keep everything.
  • I could have categories of how objects could be discarded – trash, sell, or donate.
  • The container for the game would be a trash can, which could open up to become the game board.

After we got through the group processing, it was already time for lunch (that’s a lot of sharing!). When we returned, we switched gears. Julie shared several different packaging options for our book/games, including boxes, some with trays. There were compartments for pieces, pencils, booklets, etc.

Handmade box by Julie Chen

Handmade box by Julie Chen

Handmade box by Julie Chen

Handmade box by Julie Chen

Handmade box by Julie Chen

Yay! It was time to make stuff! We were given materials to create small models of one of her boxes. We started by covering and lining bookboard that would be used to create a sample game board. We’re not finished with these yet.

Interior lined game board pieces

Julie advised us that when making boxes that contain other materials, you should always start from the smallest thing and work your way out. For example, you start by making your book, then you make a box to fit the book. Don’t make a box and then create a book that fits the box. Sensible.

Then came the piece of information that rocked my world – bookcloth grain runs parallel to the selvage edge of the roll. WHY hadn’t I heard this before? I’m so embarrassed! It just makes me think of all of the other bits of information I’ve missed out on.

There’s so much I don’t know! Bwahahahahah!!!

2 Responses to “The Playful Artist’s Book with Julie Chen – Day 2”

By velma - 4 August 2013 Reply

cool report. are you a sewer (as in seamstress)? if not, why would you know about fabric “grain”, actually, warp. if you are, you have been totally not thinking as a weaver, that’s all.

By Elissa - 12 August 2013 Reply

Velma –

Ah, now I feel better. I’m definitely not a sewer, although I am warped.


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