Saturday, March 04, 2017

Heather's Illustrated Heritage Journal Workshop

My extremely talented sister-in-law, Heather, was in town for a week. Sue had arranged for Heather to conduct several events: four journal workshops and two book club discussions.

In case you are new or don't remember, Heather is now a published author; her novel, The Clay Girl, is in its third printing, and she is working on the sequel, with Cracked Pots being the working title.

So, it was appropriate that she meet with two local clubs that have read her book.

But, Heather is also a journaler extraordinaire. She has worked on visual journals for years, with the idea of leaving a positive heritage for her scions.

Sue assisted Heather throughout the tour, but I was only able to attend the last workshop, here in Carleton Place. I was greatly impressed, and I can tell you that the participants were too. Some have since spoken to Sue, and, days later, they can barely contain their enthusiasm.

As the group began to settle in, Heather started them off with the task of peeling paper into two. Yes, you read that right. In order to keep control the thickness of the journal, Heather peels the backs off everything that she inserts. The first three photos show some participants doing just that and enjoying themselves while at it.

She showed slides from her journals that served both to inspire and teach the practicalities.

There was much teaching, and the attendees listened in rapt and happy attention.

And there were breaks for practical activities.

The workshop was sponsored by the library and our local museum — The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum — and the coordinator brought samples of old-time journals and some accompanying heritage photos.

Although it was a workshop about journaling, many were intrigued by Heather's story and also purchased her book.

It was a good night: a very good night.


Marie Smith said...

It looks and sounds excellent. I notice a young familiar face there too. How wonderful fo your granddaughter to see heritage, artistry and writing celebrated in such a way.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Seems like it was an excellent workshop, indeed!! Hope you are well. Have a great weekend!

Debbie said...

i love this!! it is something i am very interested in - i would have enjoyed this class!!

Dale said...

Me too!

Heather Tucker said...

What fun connecting with people and their stories and exploring imaginative ways to weave their colourful threads for posterity.

Thanks, John and Sue, for all your help in making it happen!

Mara said...

Some familiar faces I saw! Did you take a stab at it as well or were you just observing?

Nowadays a lot of blogs have taken the place of diaries, so I greatly admire your sister-in-law for keeping up with her actual diary. And making it look so beautiful!

Mage said...

i'm very impressed...thanks.

Shammickite said...

I would have loved to be there, too bad you live so far away! I've been keeping a sketch book but it's not nearly as expressive as Heather's journaling.

Kay said...

This is so much fun! I would love to have attended that workshop too. You can see everybody enjoying themselves including your favorite granddaughter.

Jenn Jilks said...

There's a bonus! Selling a few books on the side. I've about given up on mine and may have a book burning!