Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Bookmaking in Cuba

Deb Dannelly has sent these wonderful photos of children's bookmaking in Cuba. Thanks so much Deb. I know many others will be as inspired as I am. Beautiful!

I also wanted to send you photos of some of the children’s nature/flower books that were completed about three weeks ago in Havana in one of the workshops I conducted there. It was a big class of 18,mixed ages, probably from about 5yrs to 16yrs!!! With this class I tried to include as many as I could in the neighbourhood. The covers were made from donated centre cuts from art matboards from a framer which I brought with me to Cuba, the paper for the accordion was a nice heavier weight paper. I know you are a huge promoter of recycled materials but in the case of Cuba, I like to bring them beautiful papers that they may have never seen before...it is a real treat for them. The images were made from their choices of beautiful collage papers, stamps and ink pads, and various sizes of coloured markers, or as you will see, all three!! They loved the workshop and there was paper, glue sticks, and ink pads flying...it looked like a cyclone had swept through....

I have sent one photo of the workshop in action and then individual shots of open books. Hope you enjoy them. I have told the children that I was sending you some photos and they were thrilled to think that someone else they didn’t even know,wanted to see them.





4 comments:

Rachel said...

I do not think I write to you often enough to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. I have forwarded this one on my FB page, should garner perhaps one or two further viewers. but I treasure your posts of poetry, advent, and everything bookmaking.

ASIRAY said...

I also love your work, your vision. Recently I purchased your book (Handmade Books for a Healthy Planet). It's great!

Centro de Juegos y Apoyos Educativos para niños, niñas y jóvenes trabajadores said...

I saw your blog thruough facebook, your job is so beautiful that I will try to do something similar with the kids that I work with. They are street kids that work in San Cristobal, Chiapas. Tell your kids in Cuba that I'm showing their work to them, and that I'm pretty sure they will admire it and also will get some inspiration too.
Keep doing it!!!! From: Claudia Castro

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord said...

Thanks for the comments. Just want to make it clear—this post is about Deb Dannelly's bookmaking workshop in Cuba not mine. I'm happy she has let me share her work. All credit goes to her.

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