Join Melanie Mowinski, artist and author of Collage Your Life: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Creative Self-Expression and Visual Storytelling, for an in-person artist talk for The Book As Art v.10: Transformation. This talk will take place in the Fourth Floor Gallery at the Decatur Library. Melanie will discuss her new book, as well as her artistic practice. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged. We respectfully ask that masks be worn in the gallery at all times.
Melanie is one of the artists whose work is featured in The Book As Art v.10: Transformation. Learn more about the show at BookAsArt.com.
Melanie Mowinski is a professor of art at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and founder of PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project. She has maintained a daily practice of collage and creating with paper for more than 10 years. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Visit her at melaniemowinski.com.
Requiring minimal equipment—just scissors, glue, paper, and pens—collage is an accessible craft that offers limitless creative possibilities. Like meditation or journaling, making collage can be an avenue for self-reflection and artistic exploration. In Collage Your Life, artist and teacher Melanie Mowinski teaches a variety of core techniques including lettering, stamping, stenciling, transfers, and adhesive methods, and provides dozens of prompts to jumpstart the creative process and encourage crafters to explore the versatility of collage, such as: make a self-portrait; disrupt your routine instincts; incorporate text; assemble mementos from a trip; process anger or anxiety; collage with others; or try creating block-out poetry with pages from a magazine. Inspiring examples of the author's work along with that of other collage artists are featured throughout. Crafters, journaling fans, scrapbookers, and artists alike will find guidance and support for developing their own distinctive collage style, whether the goal is to create a visual record of daily experiences and special occasions or to expand a creative journaling practice.
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