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I went out the other evening to attend Self Made, a weekly informal arts lecture held at Double Daughter’s Salotto, expecting to hear about Nancy Misbach’s career as an artist and designer who creates hand-bound books. I figured it would be an artsy-intellectual scene where I might meet a few creative types and sip martinis while engaging in stimulating conversation.
That was pretty much what happened, until Nancy surprised us all by pulling out paper, scissors, glue, and a stack of magazines, and announced that we would be making our own mini book collages. We glanced around at each other, and after a short pause, the entire group dropped down onto the floor and sat cross-legged at the table. Then we started cutting. I think I had forgotten how fun and engrossing group art projects can be. Before I knew it, two hours had passed, my parking meter was about to run out, and I had to leave before finishing my mini book. But Nance sent me home with my paper, my magazine clippings, and a glue stick. Maybe tonight I’ll plop down in front of the coffee table, put away the computer, turn off the TV, and finish my art homework.
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Next week, photographer Edie Winograde will be hosting the gathering. If she has any idea for interactive projects, I’ll be ready and willing. I may even bring my camera.