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Workshop with Joyce Teta

“Bound Together from Stark to Bright”

August 24th to August 27, 2020 |Book Artist & Instructor: Joyce Teta

The act of creating can be powerful and transformative. Creating the pages of books provides an avenue and impetus for healing, helping us cope with loss, grief and anger.

CBI invites you to explore the possibilities during a four-day workshop led by one of North Carolina’s most celebrated art teachers. Bound Together from Stark to Bright allows participants to express themselves by writing their stories, not through words, but by exploring and investigating the lines and marks of their lives. Guided by calligrapher and book artist, Joyce Teta, participants learn to visualize themselves from the ”inside” and create their artistic expression on the “outside” through their own unique graphic story.

The products of this workshop will be two books: The first book, STARK will be an expression of black on white using black sumi ink on white watercolor paper.  Black on white teaches us the stark clarity of design. In the process there is a special juxtaposition allowing the artist to generate meaningful ideas in the nonverbal graphic text. The resulting book’s structure will be a soft cover with a leather spine.

The second book, BRIGHT involves learning the surface design process. Students will investigate color, texture, design, and concept. Using acrylic paints, artists will create unique and beautiful surface designs for the pages of their books. This book’s structure will be a traditional hard cover book with a cloth spine.

Congregation Beth Israel Social Hall
229 Murdock Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Dates & Time:
Monday, August 24th to Thursday, August 27
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily

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About the Instructor: Joyce Teta
Studio artist and book binder. Creator and owner of
Calligraphy Centre in Winston Salem, NC from 1981 to present. Founder and Director of International Calligraphic Retreats at Camp Cheerio from 1984 to present. Instructor with the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts 1977 to present. Exhibiting member of Associated Artists of Winston Salem 1981 to present. www.calligraphycentre.com

Artist statement:
As a lettering Artist, I work in visual codes, geometric shapes and white space that I use for communication and organization. I make books as sculptures, vessels and text containers. Hoping to examine the context of consciousness where perception and healing take place. I respond to space looking for what is not yet there. I am intrigued by the possibilities of spatial structure and value spatial relationships: Always gathering, expecting surprise, and curative evolution. My goal as a teacher is to share these experiences as a means to open senses to new possibilities and threads of connection. This class is speculative; it plays in materials and responds in results. Helping others to see their own potential is a highlight of these processes.