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Turn Your Travels into a Book with Gail Rieke | April 20 – 26, 2014


Artist Gail Rieke wrote to us recently:

Lately I’ve been working on two travel journals. They live in suitcases on the suitcase wall in my studio. The arrows indicate the suitcases containing these two journals:



Otafuku’s Dream is a journal of two trips I took to Japan in 2012:


Otafuku's Dream Journal


The transparent pages usually live folded up within a cocoon folder tied with a grey kimono sash but sometimes they are mounted on a mylar covered window for display:


Otafuku's Dream Pages


Gail Rieke
The Artist as Traveler
In the books studio
April 20 – 26, 2014
Do you have a pile of travel memorabilia stashed somewhere in your life? Have you promised yourself that you will return to it someday and make it into something meaningful? This workshop explores how travel has affected the lives of artists throughout history and how you can transform memory into artistic expression. The workshop will include individual and collaborative exercises in collage, drawing, mapping, writing, and bookmaking. Our pieces will be structured at the onset and open-ended in their resolution. Ignite your own unique responses! Take a leap! Beginning level. Code S03B


Register here for this workshop


The second journal I’m working on right now is about two trips I took to France, teaching at my friend’s rural studio in a medieval town and then exploring Paris. Here are some pages in-process responding to one of these trips:




Gail Rieke has taught at the University of Edmonton (Canada), Haystack (ME), American Academy of Bookbinding (CO), and the Brayer Studio (Japan), among others. Her exhibitions include: the Cheongju International Biennale in Korea and a career retrospective at Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe).