Fan Accordion Book

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A BEYOND THE BASICS Class
by Bhavna Mehta

Moorhead Studio
2611 Grandview Street
San Diego, CA 92110

$7 Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
30-minute lunch break, bring a lunch

For more information contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $65 members/$75 nonmembers

Tools to Bring:
Favorite # 11 Exacto handle, cutting mat, bone folder, pencil, eraser, 12” ruler

This class is a collaborative approach to book making. Each of the students will cut images into paper to make individual pages in the first half of the class. These pages will be put together for a fan accordion book in the second half.

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Bhavna Mehta teaches papercutting and book arts around San Diego. She has taught at UCDS Extension and also recently at Penland School of Craft. Please check out her extensive resume at www.bhavnamehta.com.

Artist Statement: I draw with a knife and paint with thread, cutting and sewing paper to tell visual stories. My work is based on the idea that everything is connected. Starting with a single sheet of paper, I cut out shapes to contour the story around a central character or intention. Figures, botanical motifs, symbolic elements and words form the connections within and beyond the piece. The intricacy of the connections is essential for the piece to hang together.

My style is influenced by folk art traditions from India. Born and raised in India in an extended family, I was surrounded by women who constantly embroidered, knitted, sewed, and created for the home. My mother made large freehand sand drawings to welcome the gods and guests during the festivals. Neem trees shadowed our courtyard, fragrant jasmine bloomed and were turned into leis, and the wandering cow came in to be fed every so often. The inherent abundance of these experiences and memories roots my work. As an immigrant, I am constantly longing for connections. In telling one story in a particular setting, I hope to speak in a common language about cultural and personal associations.