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Book Art & Design with Ruby Bock


Join WNC artist and former elementary school art teach Ruby Bock for an afternoon of experimentation and exploration. You will create several small books that can easily be reproduced at home and that can be used for journals, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, kids’ school projects, and general amusement.

In this workshop we will:

-explore simple yet clever bookmaking techniques.

-review and use basic elements of art and design.

-experiment with a variety of materials (assorted papers and fabrics; pencil, color pencil, ink; washi and other kinds of tape; found objects including tea bags) and a variety of techniques (hand and machine sewing, taping, gluing, wiring).

- and … hopefully … have fun, try new ideas, get inspired.

No special skills are required – all levels are welcome.

A materials fee of $10 will provide everything you need, but you are encouraged to bring special items from home, such as favorite/meaningful papers and fabrics (even very small pieces), beads, buttons, found objects, photos.

Ruby Bock  lives in a quiet cove in Madison County, NC, gardening and making art. She has a degree in art education from Georgia State University where her preferred classes were always in fiber arts. She taught art at public elementary schools in the City of Atlanta for ten years, and the primary curriculum used there still informs her own artwork today. She explores lines, shapes, colors and textures; studies art made by others; and strives to put it all together into a composition that is pleasing and resonant.

Ruby works primarily with paper and cloth, incorporating objects found on the streets or around the farm. Pieces of wood, shards of glass and metal, curious objects and the occasional wise word find their way into the finished image. There is an element of recycle and re-use in the choice of materials, and hand and machine stitching contribute important details to the composition. The finished product might be a book, a pillow, a wall hanging, or a framed wall piece.

March 30, 1pm - 4pm
$75 ($65 class + $10 material fee)

(Contact the gallery at 828-698-7000 if you’d like to be on the wait list.)