Sat, Sep 25 | Saranam Retreat Center

CANCELLED: Bookmaking: Two Symbols of the Universe

Join Jen Grove of Lettersong Calligraphy Studio and Gallery (Louisville Kentucky) for a two day immersion in artist book making using the themes of the Enzo and the universal Fibonacci sequence.
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CANCELLED: Bookmaking: Two Symbols of the Universe

Time & Location

Sep 25, 9:30 AM – Sep 26, 4:00 PM
Saranam Retreat Center, Montrose, WV 26283, USA

About The Event

Join Jen Grove of Lettersong Calligraphy Studio and Gallery (Louisville Kentucky) for a two-day immersion in artist bookmaking. Students will come away with two completed books, each focused on a profound universal symbol. First, a book featuring the Enzo, a ritual gesture made with ink and brush  symbolizing a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe and the void.  I will describe the ceremony of Enzo, provide the ink and brushes, and guide participants in creating their ceremonial enzo which we can then use for making a book. Second will be an accordian book in the shape of a fibonacci spiral. Also known as the Golden Spiral, this is a geometric form based on the patterns of the Fibonacci numbers, found throughout the universe,  from the structure of a flower to the galaxy and stars in the sky.

       Each day, morning and afternoon sessions  will begin with meditation and stretches. We will prepare our pages the first day and the next day we will sew, fold, and collage them into creative portals of artistic, inner expression. On Saturday evening we will have poetry-reading and work options, and Jen will also be available for some calligraphy demonstrations. On Sunday afternoon we will end with a show-and-share closing in the main meditation room, concluding around 4or 5 pm.

         Hopefully, you will take away the feeling of learning and collaboration that you feel when you have shared a truly creative space WITH others! Like minded…lovers of getting messy and making things! it such a WOW after covid! and you will satisfy the desire to hang out with your muse…Summoning the Muse!

Materials provided: Jen will provide cutting mats, binding thread and needles, scissors, brushes, ink, watercolors and most other tools needed. She will also provide book paper, but encourages you to bring any decorated sheets you may have from home. You may also want to bring any images you want to “tip” or glue into your book, but hopefully we can draw images directly in. You can’t draw enough!

Materials to bring, if possible: a metal ruler,  a sharp exacto knife with extra blades, a compass, a small, pointed brush, and writing tools (pencils, pens, markers). Jen notes that we might take a walk and find some organic tools, sticks and pods to "mark make" on our pages with Sum ink or walnut ink. Optional materials you might bring: Book binding supplies (needles, thread, beeswax), matt knife, colored pencils, reading glasses or magnifiers, sandpaper. Do not fret if you don't have these things--we can share! Bring what you have and might want to use up, but if you don’t have these supplies they will be available.

Food and Lodging: The workshop will begin after breakfast on Saturday. Coffee and tea will be provided all day. For all other meals, participants can either bring their own food (which can be stored in our refrigerator), or enjoy having them prepared for you by Jen's sister for only $35. 

         As for lodging, the workshop fee includes an overnight on Saturday.  If you want to stay more than one night (Friday night, for example), the additional fee is $25/night--you can buy "tickets" for that when you buy tickets for the workshop.

Enrollment: A minimum of 5 participants. Maximum of 8.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think might benefit.

Cost $160.

NOTE on COVID: This workshop will only happen if the COVID threat has eased adequately to gather safely. Should Saranam decide to cancel the event due to safety concerns, you will receive a full refund. We expect that all participants will have been fully vaccinated, so masks will be optional. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this and we will do our best to resolve any issues.

Questions to jsgrove23@gmail.com or call 502-819-1439. Or contact us at Saranam: saranamwv@gmail.com

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