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Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Bookmaking with Self-Compassion | Debra Disman

May 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Bookmaking with Self-Compassion | Debra Disman
Saturday, May 15, 2021 |  11 AM-12:30 PM PST

Make an artist book celebrating your own creative growth. Join 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence and bookmaker Debra Disman to discover how to create the beautiful, fun and versatile Flower Fold book into which you can write or paste wishes, hopes, prayers and dreams. This book can become a chain to hang in your home, or give as a gift. Explore what the pandemic has meant to you while learning new skills and creating a unique expression of renewal and rebirth during the spring season.

MATERIALS: Origami Paper (20 sheets of assorted plain colors and patterned),  Glue Sticks, Railroad Board / Cardstock, Ribbon (5 or more strips in assorted colors) cut into 10-12″ strips, assorted stickers*

*These items will be available for pick-up in an art kit at 18th Street’s Santa Monica campus. We will send details once you register for the workshop. If you will not be able to pick up, you can collect these materials at home in advance.


15 de mayo de 2021 a las 11 AM- 12:30 PM
Creación de libros con autocompasión | Debra Disman

Haz un libro de artista celebrando tu propio crecimiento creativo.

Únete a Debra Disman, artista en residencia en 18th Street Arts Center,  y descubre cómo crear el hermoso, divertido y versátil libro Flower Fold (Pliegue de flor) en el que puedes escribir o pegar deseos, esperanzas, oraciones y sueños, hacer una cadena para colgar en tu casa, o dar como regalo. Explora lo que la pandemia ha significado para ti mientras aprendes nuevas habilidades y creas una expresión única de renovación y renacimiento durante la temporada de primavera.

Materiales: Papel de origami (20 hojas de colores planos y estampados variados), barra de pegamento, cartulina de ferrocarril / cartulina, cinta (5 o más tiras en colores variados cortados en tiras de 10-12″), pegatinas surtidas

Si no tienes papel de origami, simplemente corta papel de color en un cuadrado!

Unfolding Possibilities
Artist Book Commission
Debra Disman
Spring/Summer 2021

Unfolding Possibilities will be a singular artist book created by the artist Debra Disman, commissioned by 18th Street Arts Center. It will utilize the flower fold structure taught in Debra Disman’s May 15, 2021 “Bookmaking with Self Compassion” workshop, part of the WE RISE LA partnership with 18th Street Arts Center focused on the themes of wellbeing in response to the pandemic. Words generated by workshop participants and community members expressing their experience of being in and moving through the pandemic will be stitched into it, creating a unique document of our present moment.

Click here to add YOUR words to the book!

A short video will be made about the book and project as a whole: the making of the book, the workshop, the mission of We Rise, and 18th Street Arts Center and its Recovery Justice initiative. This film will be posted online and promoted through 18SAC channels with possible showings in real space/real time.

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Wellbeing Through Artmaking

This May, we are thrilled to present three new Arts Learning Lab @ Home art-making workshops for families all around wellbeing and self-compassion. May is Mental Health Awareness month, and taking time for creativity together with loved ones is a key part of self-care in these uncertain times. We are partnering with WE RISE LA to bring these moments for creative growth to you, centered around the theme of wellbeing as we navigate coming out of a pandemic and transitioning to new routines together.

We will be providing Arts Learning Lab @ Home Art Kits with materials for each workshop that will be available for pick up from 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, for those that live in the LA Metro area, but all materials will also be easily found at home or at a local supply store. More information on Art Kit pick-up will be provided once you register for a workshop. Supplies are limited.

All of the virtual workshops will be presented on Zoom, and interpretation will be provided in both English and Spanish.


Este mes de mayo, estamos encantados de presentar tres nuevos talleres del Laboratorio de Arte y Aprendizaje en Casa para las familias en torno al bienestar y la autocompasión. Mayo es el mes enfocado en la salud mental, y tomar tiempo para la creatividad con los seres queridos es una parte clave del autocuidado en estos tiempos inciertos. Nos asociamos con WE RISE LA para traerles estos momentos de crecimiento creativo, centrados en el tema del bienestar mientras navegamos la salida de una pandemia y transitamos juntos hacia nuevas rutinas.

Proporcionaremos kits de arte para el Laboratorio de Arte y Aprendizaje en Casa con materiales para cada taller que estarán disponibles para ser recogidos en 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, para aquellos que viven en el condado de Los Ángeles, pero todos los materiales también se encontrarán fácilmente en casa o en una tienda de manualidades. Se le proporcionará más información sobre la recogida de los kits de arte una vez que se registre para un taller. Los suministros son limitados. Todos los talleres virtuales se presentarán en Zoom, y la interpretación se proporcionará tanto en inglés como en español.

The ALL@HOME workshops as part of Recovery Justice: Being Well are generously supported by the WE RISE LA program. 

Partners include the Community Clinics Association of Los Angeles County (CACLAC), St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, and the Community Corporation of Santa Monica.

[image caption: Debra Disman, Narrow Bridge, (inside) 2016, 5.5 x 16 x 3.5 inches, Artists’ Book/Mixed Media  (board, paper, fabric, linen thread).]


About We Rise LA

WE RISE Community Pop-Ups take place across all Los Angeles County neighborhoods, in partnership with over fifty community groups, healers, grassroots leaders, artists, and other LA County Departments such as Parks, Libraries, and Metro to celebrate the remarkable resources and communities of LA County and use arts-based strategies for healing and wellbeing. For more information, please visit





May 15, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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