Collaging the Book
Melinda Tidwell, Instructor
Dates: June 10th – 14th, 2019 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
This 5-day workshop is an exploration into deconstructing discarded books and altering these materials for imaginative and surprising collage art.
Day 1: we review 2D design fundamentals for abstract art, as well as common structures that can be a starting point for your work in collage. Discussion of tools and materials will be followed by a demonstration of collage construction techniques. Students will be constructing collages from altered book elements that I provide on Day 1. Subsequent days they will be making their own.
Day 2: we will explore deconstructing the paperback book cover. Using a variety of tools I will demonstrate how to disassemble the paperback book, and then the many fun alterations we can make with the cover material. Students will be creating their own collage materials from paperbacks and adding them to their collages.
On Day 3: we will do a similar exploration of the hardback book. Students will first tear down a hardback book into it many interesting components, and then we will proceed to create collage
elements from the remains.
On Day 4: we will be using acrylic paint to make elements from the inner pages of our discarded books. We will be using thinned down acrylic to tint papers and also more opaque paint to
obscure any print on the page.
On day 5: we are back to design, this time refining and completing collages we have made.
Melinda Tidwell is a collage artist with an interest in discarded books. Her love of books and vintage materials lured her from the world of computer art and into her current work in book collage. Tidwell’s collages are shown in yearly gallery exhibitions, international art fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. Her work is currently represented by galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, and Santa Fe.