Traci Bunkers is a passionate and quirky self-employed mixed-media and fiber artist living in Lawrence, Kansas. Through her one-woman business Bonkers Handmade Originals, she sells her nifty creations such as hand-dyed spinning fibers and yarns, original rubber stamps, handmade books, kits and original artwork. She also creates an artzine called Tub Legs, designs knitwear, and is a knitting, spinning, and crochet technical editor. She has been teaching workshops across the US since the early 90s and her visual journal pages, artwork, and knit designs have been published in numerous books and magazines. To learn more about her work, visit her web site at www.TraciBunkers.com.
The Artist Journal Workshop, Bunkers, Tracie (Author) May 2011. 128
p. Quayside/Quarry, paperback, $24.99. (9781592536849).
745.593.Kansas artist Bunkers' second book is much akin to Alice's
fall down the rabbit hole. We wonder, initially, where we're going
when Bunkers starts with a psychological caveat about the art of
visualjournaling. Even more confounding is that her process,
complete with call-to-action exercises and prompts, is not a real
methodology to follow. Rather, it's a series of how-to instructions
exploring differentemotions. Confusion aside, Bunkers provides the
usual upfront information about tools and materials aswell as
useful narratives to help avoid visual blockages. To get unstuck,
for instance, she advises cuttingout magazine words and pictures or
figuring out what's being avoided. Along the way, her very
personallayout entertains, as do her examples. Tips, such as to
take photos up-close and to save removed pages, inform novices and
pros alike. An accompanying DVD takes readers through her
instructions, but takecare, for it's all too easy in using this
kind of crafts book to slavishly copy the samples
withoutcustomizing or starting afresh. - Booklist, May 2011.