Altered Book Workshop
with Rachael Ashe
September 20, 2014


This workshop is an introduction to examples and techniques for transforming old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. There is an unlimited potential for creating interesting work by altering books through cutting, folding, rolling, collage, etc. This course will demonstrate a selection of techniques and provide a starting point for creating work of your own. The goal will be to complete one finished altered book by the end of the workshop. Please bring at least two old books you would like to work with, one for experimenting, and one to make a completed project with. Invite your friends on Facebook >

Photos of student work from previous workshops can be viewed here >

Student Provided Materials:
2 hardcover Books (stitched binding preferred)
White glue
Xacto knife
Small paint brush
Cutting mat
Bone folder knife
small spring clamps

Optional Materials:
Thread & needles
Beads & buttons
Small objects
Decorative papers
Acrylic or watercolour paint
Rubber stamps & ink pads
Foam brush

A multi-disciplinary artist, Rachael Ashe began her career as a graduate of the Creative Photography program at Humber College, specializing in portraiture and toy cameras. Over the past five years her focus has evolved from photography to paper-based work, notably altered book sculpture, paper cutting, and paper engineering. Rachael is process driven, with a belief in learning by doing and is constantly experimenting to push the boundaries of her work as an artist.

altered book workshop

WORKSHOP: DIY Pro Framing Techniques
Thursday May 30, 2013
Cost-effectiveness Ways to Customize your Work

Framing your artwork is often necessary however very expensive. This seminar offers cost-effective do-it-yourself methods and general techniques for framing various types of artwork such as photo-based prints, works on panel, canvases and floating drawings behind glass. How to matte, assemble woodcuts, foam core, spacers and glass will be demonstrated.

The seminar covers contemporary styles and trends in framing, as well as the importance of protecting the artwork for longevity and archival purposes. Finally, cost effective resources for where to find the basic materials will be provided.

If you have specific questions about your own unique artwork, feel free to bring samples for suggestions and discussion.

Presenter Pennylane Shen has taught full courses in Vancouver, New York and Toronto. Navigating the Art Industry is a condensed introductory session, combining theory, industry experience and practical resources for the emerging artist. She currently works at the Bau-Xi Gallery and teaches “Marketing for Fine Artists” at Langara College. In the nonprofit sector, Pennylane manages the figurative artists collective Phantoms in the Front Yard and is on the art selection committee for the annual Art for Life art auction.


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An interview with Vancouver artist Ali Bruce
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