Travels as Alba
I walk between worlds, familiar with all, truly at home in none. Art and writing help me offset the risk of becoming lost in translation. The arts are tools I use to interpret my sojourns and communicate something of who I am. They have the power to grant me satisfaction and the knowledge of being in the right place at the right time, occasionally. Sharing is my way of leaving messages at strategic locations, for kindred souls to find as they pass through.
I’m a creative eclectic. I make hand-bound albums and journals, assemblage, dolls, altered books, art journals and more using a variety of media and diverse techniques. Paper has always been my great love, though, and my bonefolder is always close at hand. When I gather paper, colors, threads, glue, and my 100-year-old paper press in one place, I can happily spend hours working.
I’m visual and tactile. I need to see and feel materials and allow them to speak to me. I begin most pieces by considering message, then trust I will find materials that help me convey the essence of what I want to share.
I’d like people to feel they have found food for thought in my work. I’d like them to wonder why writers and artists are moved to create. I’d like them to consider, however briefly, the messages artists bring back from journeys through the Imagi-Nation.
I’ve been called many things in my life. I was the child with too much imagination, later, the woman who thinks too much. Now, I also live a role that has manifested over the years: that of catalyst: someone who brings together forces that make new things possible. This is the edge where art and I often meet.
The participatory aspects of writing and art are important to me. Though essentially solitary pursuits, they carry messages. Much of what we create calls for worthy recipients who will read and view and appreciate the messages we share in our art. This is the reason I bring projects like the Travelling Artists’ Guild to life. The active participants in this project are worthy recipients for each other, and, with luck, we will also be able to share our offerings with visitors. I, for my part, shall feel honoured to do so.