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This workshop explores the connection between art and the everyday through readings and discussions of the Asian philosophy Taoism. We will then experience the principles through making Asian arts and crafts with bookmaking. Participants learn traditional decorative arts of paper fold & dip dyeing, textile discharge, and suminagashi (water-based marbled paper). We will then Asian stab bind them into sampler books and make a fabric wraparound case for them. Come away with this collection set of decorative papers with ideas and skills to make future papers and books. All skill levels are welcome.


The Tao of Intermedia Reading List

Each morning, we begin with a reading and discussion from Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, Deng Ming-Dao’s 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, and a suggestion activity from Jan Chosen Bays’ Mindfulness on the Go. I will share these readings, however here is information if the participants would like to purchase books. For the Tao Te Ching, there are many free online versions. My favorites are Ursula LeGuin’s version and the version by Jane English and Gia-Fu Feng (Vintage; Bilingual edition, 2011).

  • LeGuin, Ursula K. Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching: A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way, Shambhala, 1997, or other translations of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. (Some translations are available for free on the internet.) 
  • Chosen Bays, Jan. Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere. Shambhala, 2014.
  • Ming-Dao, Deng. 365 Tao: Daily Meditations.  HarperOne; (1st edition 1992, any edition is fine)

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Instructor: Irene Chan

Irene Chan is a multidisciplinary artist who works conceptually in print media, papermaking, installation, storytelling performance, and book arts on subjects of Taoism, personal immigrant narratives, and forgotten histories. Her books and works on paper have been exhibited internationally and held in 88 public collections including the Walker Art Center, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, and British Library in London. Chan established Ch’An Press through which she has self-published prints and 35 artist books to date.