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ART JOURNALS, 2020 - 2023

Art journaling for me is a deeply personal and transformative experience.

 

It is a safe place, a haven within the covers of a book, where I can explore, play, and step out of my comfort zone.

Art Journal on Desk in Abby Monroe's Studio

As an artist, working in sketchbooks has always been an integral part of my practice. Opening those slightly sticky pages, the smell of the materials filling the air and transporting me back to my art college days, surrounded by communal studios alive with creativity.

 

Within the pages of my journals...

I discovered not only artistic growth but also self-reflection and a sense of grounding.

 

Looking back over the captured moments, ideas, and possibilities, I find a wealth of inspiration and a connection to my innermost self.

and so to sew, altered art journal, wip

This 1940's Sewing Instruction Book serves as a fascinating glimpse into the past, not only as a practical guide to sewing techniques but also as an altered journal delving into the world of domestic handicraft and the societal roles of women and girls during that era.

 

Through the pages of this book, the traditional teachings of sewing and needlework have been transformed into a thought-provoking exploration of femininity, creativity, and the intricate connections between craftsmanship and identity.

Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe

My journal entries, sketches, and personal reflections intertwine with the original instructional content, inviting me to reconsider the significance of sewing in shaping women's lives and the broader narratives of gender and empowerment.

 

As I navigate through this altered journal, I gain a deeper appreciation for the historical context in which these skills were taught, highlighting the transformative power of needlework as a medium for self-expression, empowerment, and reimagining societal norms.  

Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe

more coming soon...

Altered Art Journal by Abby Monroe
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