Book Art: A Sense of Place
This project started with a discussion about the meaning of “sense of place” -what makes a place home or makes it distinctive and personal for people. We determined it could be something that evokes a sense of memory, emotion, feeling, or heritage, or that it could actually be a physical place where we live, go to school, meet friends, participate in activities, or anything that is unique to a particular place and makes it special or memorable to us.
We did some short 2 or 3 minute writing activities with prompts to generate ideas. Some used these and some did not. They were told they could use writing along with illustration, collage, paper cutting, etc., or they could tell their story without words. So, it was pretty open-ended. They roughly sketched out their ideas.
Book artist, Kalmia Strong, from the University of IA, came to teach students some basic book construction and showed them various types of books they could make. They then chose their papers, design, and got to work. Some designs were much more obvious than others. It’s interesting to see what they were thinking about when they chose their themes to illustrate“sense of place.”