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Madness Takes its Toll

Somebody set up us the bomb

bookbind till yer blind!
3 August 1976
This is my official "artists statement"

Jenny Howland started experimenting as a self taught bookbinder and collage artist as a form of personal therapy after an extended and very painful illness about five years ago. Although always in love with books, she has experimented with as many techniques and materials as possible since starting the “Madwoman in the Attic Design Studio” in April of 2003.
Besides bookbinding, she has experimented with rubber stamping, quilting, beading, hand spinning, painting, collage, and metalworking; all of these media and influences can be seen in her work. Although primarily self taught, she received her certificate as Master Craftsman in Bookbinding with Master Bookbinder Daniel Knowlton in Bristol, Rhode Island in 2005. She is a member of the National and New England Guilds of Bookworkers. (Although mostly just so she can say she is a member of a "guild.")
The name of her studio comes from the title of a book of feminist theory she read in college as part of her degrees in English and Womens' Studies. It posits that all women in Victoria era literature, no matter the country-- Madame Bovary, Effi Briest, Anna Karenina, Rochester's first wife, Edna Pontellier -- who broke out of their traditional roles as wives an mothers to seek a more fulfilling and creative life were punished in the end either with death or madness (or both.) So far, Jenny finds herself dead nor completely insane. Such is the life of an artist.

OKay, that's the end of the artist statement

Depending on the day and her mood, you will invariably find one of these things in my journal:

1. A description and or photos of my current projects or announcements of local shows
2. Tales of my uber-conservative in laws and the terrible things they do to my husvandand I out of stupidity and/or malice.
3. Details and complaints ad infinitum of my ongoing painful disability which prevents me from being as productive as I would like.
4. Snark. Mostly about hypocrisy and stupidity, and other livejournals.

Gee, when put in that perspective, I seem like an asshole. I maintain that in person, I am much nicer than online because in my journal I don't mince words at all.

I make little attempt to hide who I am "in real life," who I am actually talking about, and what this all means. Because, well, I don't know what any of it means. And anyone with a modicum of internet smarts could find out who the "real me" is if they so desired. But is that the real me either? See, there's the rub...

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