Memoir & the Artists’ Book

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$ 150.00

October 17th, 2015 9:00 AM

  • Instructor: Hobson, Charles and Sandra
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: October 17th, 2015 9:00 AM
  • Workshop End: October 17th, 2015 4:00 PM
  • Sessions: 1

How do you sense memories?

How do you express them after you’ve taken hold of them?

This workshop offers a focus on objects that surround you to examine memories through techniques of indigenous wisdom and to preserve them through the medium of the artists’ book.

We believe that the objects we live with often contain memories that give meaning and values to us. For example a friend recently showed us a small pottery bowl in his house. When prompted he told us a wonderful narrative about his trip many years earlier to Italy with a special friend and finding the way to a remote studio where a new friendship was formed. 

The goal of this workshop is to offer the opportunity for students to use photos of objects to prompt memories that reveal insights and to capture those memories and integrate them in a simple book form that both contains and expand the stories behind the object.

 The techniques of meditation and ritual from indigenous cultures will be used by Sandra Hobson to open and enhance awareness of the memories. Charles Hobson will work with the students to guide them in joining the photos and narrative into a simple book which will act as a container and give a unique expression to the power of the memories.   

Materials to Bring:  8 to 10 photos, (preferbly digital images and multiple copies if possible) of objects which have meaning to the student, no larger that 4” x 6” unless its accepatble to tear the image. Also bring scissors, folding bone, xacto or mat knife.  

Workshop Fee: $150

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 2015 :: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Sandra & Charles Hobson

Sandra Hobson has been working to bring indigenous wisdom into mainstream awareness for more than thirty years. Traveling widely, she has studied the practices and rituals of Shamans throughout the world to gain knowledge and experience with these practitioners of native wisdom. Her travels have taken her to Nepal, Ecuador, Lapland and Tuva (in Siberia), to name a few of her destinations, as well as to Native American sites in the United States. From the travel and lessons learned in these cultures she has created rituals for contemporary life transitions and events which can be used to develop insight into personal memories.

 Fifteen rituals are described in Rituals for Life Milestones, a limited edition book published in 2009.

Charles Hobson is a visual artist who uses monotypes and printmaking variations to construct images for books and works on paper. He has been publishing contemporary artist books under the imprint of Pacific Editions since1986 and has published more than forty artists' books.  He has taught since1990 at the San Francisco Art Institute about contemporary artists' books in the printmaking department and is now a professor emeritus. Usually following literary or historical themes, his work have covered topics as diverse as famous couples who met in Paris and Mark Twain’s imaginary diaries of Adam and Eve. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum, Stanford University and the National Gallery, among others. His archive has been acquired by Stanford University.




$ 150.00