Gwen Diehn Journals

January 27, 2011, 09:00 am  Posted by Lark

Author Gwen Diehn doesn’t just live life, she journals it. She creates and then packs her handmade journals with notes, paintings, sketches, and memorabilia. For Gwen it’s a method of expression, a place to capture ideas, make observations, and organize thoughts. For the observer, it’s a fascinating feast for the eyes. Her journals are lovingly created using a variety of materials for the cover and the pages, the size and binding technique depending upon the intended use.

Recently Gwen was asked to curate an exhibit on journals at BookWorks in Asheville, NC. One interesting aspect of the entries is that they are all actual working journals. The journalists created and then used them with a specific purpose in mind, not ever expecting them to be viewed by others from an artistic appraisal point of view. Theirs are examples of  journaling in the truest sense. Below are a few examples of these works. Visit Gwen’s blog to see more images.

Elizabeth Simmonds, Black Mountain, NC; travel journal

Justin Waldstein, Brooklyn, NY; renderings from life in NYC (mostly on the subway)

Eleanor Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO; Graphical Objectives: Sketchbook 1

Gwen Diehn is the author of The Decorated Page, The Decorated Journal, and most recently, Live & Learn: Real Life Journals.


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