Altered Books Workshop at Gray Loft Gallery

Altered Books Workshop
Taught by 
Laurie Wagner and Stephanie Williamson

Saturday, June 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

$130 per person

Workshop location:
Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland 

Registration is still open for this workshop.
Please contact us soon if you are interested, as the workshop is filling up.
Please email Laurie Wagner or the gallery to register. Pay by check or PayPal.
Learn how to make beautiful artist books by veteran bookmakers Stephanie Williamson and Laurie Wagner, who are passionate about bookmaking and have collaborated on numerous bookmaking workshops in the past.
Using actual books – flea market finds, cast-offs from used bookstores or children’s dictionaries from the 1940’s, vintage text books, an outdated atlas, old novels or how-to books. The books are the bones of the fabulous works of art we will create using collage, photos, paint, stencils, and assemblage, among many other techniques. We will incorporate some of the existing text or illustrations in our found books and add our own words and images to create gorgeous, mind blowing pieces.
You do not have to be an artist to create an altered book, although many artists working in different media find it a wonderful way to experiment with new materials and jump-start their inspiration. You just need to be someone who loves color, loves the shape of books, and loves getting messy with new art materials.
You will learn several specific techniques such as torn window collage….tags and envelopes…accordion  books within the book, …woven paper, niches and wells, stamping and stencils.  We will have lots of supplies to create and play. 
By the end of the day you will leave with a gorgeous altered book that you can take home to continue building on to create a finished project.

More information about the workshop and a materials list will be emailed to you upon request and/or registration.

Class size is limited. Please register soon to participate in this creative and fun workshop with these two dynamic instructors.

About the instructors:

Stephanie Williamson
Stephanie is a Bay Area fine art photographer, artist and writer.  She has been creating handmade books for many years. Stephanie has taught at the ASUC Art Studio at UC Berkeley, College of Marin, the Randall Museum and Walnut Creek Art Center. She is an instructor in the Photography Department at City College of San Francisco where she has been teaching since 1996.
Laurie Wagner
Laurie is a published author, titles include Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk about Long Term Love and Expectations: Women Talk about Becoming a Mother, as well as Holding the Dream — The Art of Marlene Louchheim.  She has been trained as a Professional Co-Active Coach at The Coaches Training Institute, a program for life, business and creativity coaches.  Laurie has written essays on life, kids and writing which have appeared in Salon, Glamour, Parenting, Brain Child, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the East Bay Express. 


2889 Ford Street, third floor
Oakland, CA 94601

Posted in Art

Join Jingletown for amazing art in June EBOS 2013

Jingletown will have amazing art for sale in our annual East Bay Open Studios.

June 1-2  &  8-9  11am to 6pm

Jingletown Oakland California

Come join over 15 artists who open their studios and galleries for two weekend filled with art, food, and fun.


Walk down the Peterson Garden & Art Wall.

Snack on Stroopwafels.

Visit our several galleries.

Experience the neighborhood street art.

Have fun.

Buy art.

Jingletown meeting notes: April 15, 2013


Lisa      What’s happening with Phoenix Commons?

They hope to break ground in 2013, but still need an okay from the Army Corps of Engineers and another group(?).


Bev        What to do if developers want to tear the Art Wall down.

Jill Mc will look into this. Of course, we hope that any new development will find a way to preserve the art wall, but Jill will try to get more information, maybe to see if it can be considered a neighborhood landmark.


Karen B will give a treasure’s report

This should stay on all agendas. I did not write down all the details, but we have some money left to be spent from the art wall grants and the grant needs to be closed out. Kudos to Cynthia and everyone’s efforts for raising a lot of money for White Elephant sale parking fees. Karen also requested that ANY/ALL receipts (especially for EBOS) please clearly mark what neighborhood project it is for so she can classify it correctly.
Art Wall

Cynthia is arranging with two guys at Ford St Studios to get us concrete benches which they design at a concrete studio.

“To do” list for the art wall includes: sealing the art wall and putting in the dog poop bag dispenser. We will keep this on the agenda and arrange a neighborhood effort at a later date.

Plan a “finished the art wall” celebration and invite the neighborhood, outside admirers and city officials and mucky mucks. J Sometime in July…. TBA
Keep on Agenda: We may also be losing some of our parking lots so we need to come up with other WES fundraising ideas. Please submit any and all ideas!
Larissa mentioned that the Jingletown folks on the other side of the freeway (Cotton Mill neighborhood and surrounds), some of the people and neighbors may feel estranged from the JABC group. This is an early step to open communications, so please ask that other Cotton Mill and neighborhood residents be invited to join the meetings. Larissa, if you have a separate neighborhood email group, please forward the information to them and let them know everyone is welcome. We all try to invite the community on this side too, so it would be great if you spread the word on your side. As you may know, Susan Tuttle is very involved in the group. Also, if anyone over there feels as strongly as you do, please ask them to host a meeting. And please ask them to join JABC and pay dues.


Michelle Diaz, RN, BSN

She said: I’m willing to help coordinate neighborhood emergency preparedness and teach American Heart Association CPR/First Aid/ courses for the cost of the materials only (I’m a certified instructor and would donate my time). Michelle said the classes would be approximately $25 or so for CPR. Lisa offered to get together with Michelle for a sub-committee and start the process. Michelle, please reach out to me to pick a time to get together to brainstorm. CPR class can also be taught in Spanish.

Illegal parking-White Elephant sale days

Cynthia said there is a Towing company on Derby (Is this the one? ). Cynthia said if you sign a contract with them, you can get a no parking/tow away zone sign for your driveway and when someone parks there illegally, they will tow the car without having to involve the police. Cynthia, if any of this is incorrect, please let us know.


Block party/neighborhood garage sale during White Elephant Sale days

Michelle mentioned having a big block garage sale near 420 Gallery and blocking the street to make money on parking spaces, AND have a neighborhood garage sale. We’ll keep this on the agenda and Michelle can let us know the status of it.


Neighborhood BBQ in September??? Will keep this on the agenda.
EBOS-East Bay Open Studios

Chris E said we got donations/paid advertising to cover the costs of the beautiful tri-fold brochure. Great going to all who were involved! We are getting sandwich boards and banners for EBOS (sorry, I didn’t get the full details on this). They will not have dates and so are re-usable.
Alternate meeting times/days

We discussed this and though unfortunate, we can’t please everyone, so the meetings will remain for now on the Third Tuesday of the month, on the even months (April, June, Aug, etc), the meeting seems to be drawing record numbers of attendees so we will keep the meeting date for now.


Jan Watten

Winter Art Walk, December 7 – 8.  I would like to start planning this after the June open studios. Looking for committee members to help with: advertising, graphic design, card distribution, sandwich board and day-of event details. Let me know what you would like help with. Thanks.  Everyone agreed it’s a bit early (though we know how quickly it comes up) to discuss this. Let’s keep this on the agenda and Jan can discuss at the June meeting.

The next JABC meeting  is Tues, June 18, 7.15pm. Come one, come all.

I’m happy to chair the next meeting, but we need a note taker.


Thanks everyone!

Lisa L.