on monday morning, kristin‘s sister jaci asked me to present my books to her class of 10-12th graders. eeks! jaci’s students are working on altered books, and needed ideas for the covers. jaci suggested i show them some of my books that are covered with book cloth, and i agreed to come visit her class in tuesday afternoon.
i had some time monday to come up with a few new ideas with ikea fabric that would be easy for teens without a lot of supplies or experience. i covered 2 old hard cover books: one with strips of ikea fabric, linen, ribbon, and felt, and the other i used fabric and ribbon to create more of a traditional cover. the 3rd book is my altered book (which, sadly, has been neglected lately), and i quickly sewed a simple book cover by hand.
it was so much fun! jaci introduced me as an artist, which really… i sometimes feel like an imposter when the term artist is used to describe me. but i’ll take it! a few of the kids never looked my way, but most seemed engaged and even asked questions. i did a quick book covering demo, made a big mess of glue, but i think i pulled it off. after i was done yammering about books and book arts, i had a chance to look at everyone’s books. oh, to be a teenager again. the angst, the apathy, the creativity… it was a great afternoon.