Suanne Goings, a student in my class at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has been working with women in the Ohio Reformatory for Women, teaching them basic art and bookmaking skills. The women have made these beautiful books which address some of the difficulties in their lives and capture their hopes, loves and dreams for the future. It’s a project that speaks to the great power of art to heal and give meaning to one’s life. The result is an inspiring gallery exhibit.
Carol with Books at the Nashville Library
Last week I taught two pop-up workshops at the Nashville Public Library, and the results were amazing. With 18 students in each class, there was a lot of opportunity for play and an exchange of ideas, and all the participants walked away with a pile of pop-ups. My lecture on Sunday was also well attended, followed by a fabulous reception. Many thanks to the Nashville Public Library Foundation for making this event possible. A show of my work and that of some of my students continues at the library through August 31st.
Book Artist Carol Barton in her studio
Welcome to Carol Barton’s studio and class blog. In upcoming posts I’ll keep you apraised of new projects I’m working on, people I’ve met, and workshops I’m giving on how to make pop-ups and sculptural books. Thanks for visiting!