Gushul Blog Book

The other thing I did recently was turn our Gushul Residency blog into a book!  It is mainly just a keepsake for Latifa and I, and I think it turned out pretty good! (Don’t worry, you’re not missing much- it’s all here!) It’s going to go on the shelf among my journals, as it seems to be the “Missing Journal,” because I didn’t journal (otherwise) during that period of time.

I am also thinking that sometime when I have time (ha ha), I’d like to turn this blog into a book as well.  Or a series of books.  It is turning into a bit of a journal for me as well, although not as personal as my physical books.  It would be good to have a physical document of it among my other books.

Trying something new! Painting!

I’ve decided to try my hand at painting a little bit.  Just for fun.  So I found some old canvas boards I’ve had kicking around the studio for a while, and went to town.  Here’s some of what I’ve got…. 

Some of them I like as is, and some need some more layers, I think.  I’m thinking of pushing back some of the colour on some of them using some gesso, and layering some more on top of them, doing some drawings, etc.

I’m approaching it in much the same way as I do my journals… When I paint, I often just scrape the colour on, pushing it around, dabbing some here and there, using textured things to apply it, etc.  My hand carved stamps almost always end up in the equation, because I love their graphic qualities, and it’s an easy way to add some more detail.

Speaking of journals, I’ve also been doing some “soul searching,” lately, as, while most of my life is going really well, there are a couple of things I would like to change/ work on. So I’ve been doing some thinking and writing and planning for that.  (The text is blurred out in the image for my personal privacy. I’m all for sharing, but being able to choose what I want to share is important.)

The images on this page are bits of postcards and things, not my own images.  And some rub-ons.

I really should post journal pages more often, don’t you think?

Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays Contest

So, one of my favorite publishers, Chronicle Books is having a holiday contest for bloggers….  essentially, they’re asking people to list $500 worth of book from their site as a wishlist, and then doing a draw for a blogger (and one person who comments on their post) to win their list!!  I couldn’t resist.


So, here’s my list!  I am $1.49 over budget, but I’d gladly pay the extra!  (I do already have a couple of these already, but…. they’re amazing, so I would give them away as gifts!)  Click on the “More” button to be taken to the book’s listing.

Creative, Inc.

Creative, Inc.

By Meg Mateo Ilasco
and Joy Deangdeelert Cho
As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives—illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more—how to build a successful business doing what they love. …   MORE 

$16.95
Fanzines

Fanzines

By Teal Triggs
For more than 60 years, fanzines have been one of the most significant forms of self-expression. Often handmade and disseminated through underground networks, the fanzine is credited as being both the original medium for many of today’s …   MORE 

$40.00
Fashion & Textiles

Fashion & Textiles

By Carol Brown
A must for any fashion student, this book provides an in-depth review of the wide-ranging career options available in the fashion and textile industry, profiling over 50 careers that span the creative, technical, retail, and media …   MORE 

$24.95
By Hand

By Hand

Edited by Shu Hung
and Joseph Magliaro
Available now in a paperback edition, our critically acclaimed By Hand features the work of thirty-two artists whose innovative and unexpected uses of handicraft techniques such as embroidery, sewing, knitting, and crocheting are …   MORE 

$24.95
Exploring Materials

Exploring Materials

By Inna Alesina
and Ellen Lupton
Materials are like words. The richer your design vocabulary, the more distinctive the design solutions you can express. Sketching ideas with a pencil or rendering them with computer software are useful experiences, but there is no substitute for …   MORE 

$35.00
Transmaterial 3

Transmaterial 3

By Blaine Brownell
Since the 2006 publication of his best-selling first volume of Transmaterial, author Blaine Brownell has become the undisputed master of new materials, inspiring architects and designers looking to transform the structure, …   MORE 

$40.00
Street Sketchbook: Journeys

Street Sketchbook: Journeys

By Tristan Manco
Fans of the hit graffiti title Street Sketchbookwill delight in this new volume dedicated to the journeys—both geographical and imaginative—of street artists. Twenty-six of the hottest new artists working worldwide today have …   MORE 

$35.00
Eco Fashion

Eco Fashion

By Sass Brown
This book looks at one of the strongest trends in fashion, towards the production of desirable and well-designed apparel and accessories with a conscience. Eco Fashionshows the range of sustainable and ethical products …   MORE 

$35.00
The Pattern Sourcebook

The Pattern Sourcebook

By Drusilla Cole
This stunning picture book chronicles one hundred years of classic patterns, featuring designs in a wide variety of styles, art movements, and countries of origin to give an overview of surface design from the beginning of the last century to …   MORE 

$35.00
The Map as Art

The Map as Art

By Katharine Harmon
As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book ReviewUSA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets,The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition. This volume by …   MORE 

$29.95
The Exquisite Book

The Exquisite Book

By Julia Rothman,
Jenny Volvovski,
and Matt Lamothe
Foreword by Dave Eggers
In The Exquisite Book, one hundred indie artists play an ingenious version of the Exquisite Corpse drawing game. Each adorns a page with artwork—having seen only the page of the artist immediately prior and using a single horizon …   MORE 

$29.95
The Journey Is the Destination

The Journey Is the Destination

Edited by Kathy Eldon
The best-selling and critically acclaimed book The Journey Is the Destination, is now in paperback. Featuring a selection of over 200 pages from the journals of photojournalist Dan Eldon, it is the legacy of a young artist killed …   MORE 
(Pre Ordered)

$24.95
Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio

Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio

By Danny Gregory
and Paul Sahre
To an outsider, the world of ham radio is one of basement transmitters, clunky microphones, Morse code, and crackly, possibly clandestine, worldwide communications, a world both mysterious and geeky. But the real story is a lot more …   MORE 

$24.95
Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

By Toni Schlesinger
A flop house, a pumping station, a maid’s room, a homeless center, a former brothel, a Richard Meier building, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, buildings named Esther and Loraine—just a few of the places New Yorkers call …   MORE 

$24.95
Soul Catcher

Soul Catcher

By Kathy Eldon
and Amy Eldon
Soul Catcher takes you on a self-guided journey along a spiritual path forged from the realization of your own dreams and wishes, and the utilization of the wisdom of your own inner voice. This beautiful journal will help you find ways to …   MORE 

$18.95
Dan Eldon: Safari As a Way of Life

Dan Eldon: Safari As a Way of Life

By Jennifer New
Photojournalist Dan Eldon left behind much more than the astonishing illustrated journals that would form The Journey is the Destination when he lost his life at age twenty-two while on assignment in Somalia. He also bequeathed a life story …   MORE 
(Pre Ordered)

$24.99
Crafty Stickers

Crafty Stickers

By Cat Head
Filled with 240 peel-and-stick labels and stickers made especially for crafters, this handy portfolio offers the perfect way to personalize homemade gifts and projects, organize around the home, or enliven any correspondence. …   MORE 

$10.95
Drawing From Life

Drawing From Life

By Jennifer New
Who hasn’t, at one time or other, kept a journal? The impulse to record our daily lives on paper is nothing if not universal. Still, only a few of us have the discipline to make it past the first few entries, and fewer still manage to create diaries …   MORE 

$25.00
Total: $501.49


More Journal Pages

These are from Journal 25 as well… these are mostly gouache, which is definitely my paint of choice, because it’s easy, and cheap (well, the stuff I use is, at $2 a tube, vs $6 or more on other brands), dries well, isn’t sticky, easy to mix and you can get some fun colors and good opacity, which is good for me, because I often want to cover up lines and things.  And doing a quick drawing with a black pen and gouache in my book is so satisfying.  I don’t really care what it turns out like- it’s fun doing it.  Anyway.

Some Journal Pages

I don’t know why I seem to be so heavy on the images lately, but here’s some more.  These are a few pages from my journal.  These are all from #25, Brain Damage.

The Prinzhorn Collection

(Image is from the Prinzhorn Collection.)

A friend sent me a link to a post about the Prinzhorn Collection at A Face Made for Radio: Helen McCarthy’s Blog.  Helen McCarthy also links to A Little House In the Cloud’s post on the Prinzhorn Collection.

The Prinzhorn Collection is a selection of art created by patients of a mental institution in Germany.  Of particular interest to textile artists and journalers, is Agnes Richter’s Jacket, which she covered in embroidery.  Possibly she was telling her life story to others, but maybe it was for herself.

This work is beautiful, although she maybe wasn’t particularly concerned with the aesthetics, and  heart-wrenching to me.  It resonates on so many levels.  Someone suggested to me once that our strongest work is that which we feel most passionately about, and this definitely comes through in this.  It was an attempt to remember who she was, and the preciousness of her individuality, in an environment where that was not of great concern to others.

There is also a book, Agnes’s Jacket, by Gail Hornstein,  published last year, that I will have to read.

The Prinzhorn Collection

(Image is from the Prinzhorn Collection.)

A friend sent me a link to a post about the Prinzhorn Collection at A Face Made for Radio: Helen McCarthy’s Blog.  Helen McCarthy also links to A Little House In the Cloud’s post on the Prinzhorn Collection.

The Prinzhorn Collection is a selection of art created by patients of a mental institution in Germany.  Of particular interest to textile artists and journalers, is Agnes Richter’s Jacket, which she covered in embroidery.  Possibly she was telling her life story to others, but maybe it was for herself.

This work is beautiful, although she maybe wasn’t particularly concerned with the aesthetics, and  heart-wrenching to me.  It resonates on so many levels.  Someone suggested to me once that our strongest work is that which we feel most passionately about, and this definitely comes through in this.  It was an attempt to remember who she was, and the preciousness of her individuality, in an environment where that was not of great concern to others.

There is also a book, Agnes’s Jacket, by Gail Hornstein,  published last year, that I will have to read.

Self Portrait

Ok, so here’s some better images from my most recent show, Self Portrait.  The pictures are from the opening, which seemed to coincide with every other opening in Calgary, which I can’t decide if it was bad or good.  I think, because of it, I got some people looking at my work which may not have, normally, because I didn’t know them.  I also lost some people I thought would come, because they had other commitments.

I got a lot of great feedback from the show.  It seemed to touch a lot of people, which I think is quite a feat in this art school atmosphere, where we see so much art that half the time we don’t really even LOOK at it.  Someone told me they had seen 9 people in the gallery at once- the most she’s ever seen without it being an opening.  I’m patting myself on the back.

The last one is me, posing in my own installation.  This set of photos is courtesy of Robyn Thompson.  Thanks Robyn!

Self Portrait: the Journals of Jennifer Akkermans

 In Self Portrait, Jennifer Akkermans invites you in to her world.   Her installation focuses on her journals, forming an in-depth, intense, yet unwittingly candid study of herself.  The content is pure, unedited, and true, a self-portrait from every angle: good, bad, and sometimes both hilarious and poignant.
  This is my first solo show!  It’s in the Marion Nicoll Gallery at school.  I found out on Tuesday, and set up was Sunday, so needless to say, it’s been a busy week! I’ve been getting comments on it, and people have been sitting and reading, so I feel pretty good about that!  More pictures to come!