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Scrapbook Sensibility: Artworks by Char Derouin

An abstract painting with pink and teal coloursReflections, acrylic, ink, pen

Northern Californian artist Char DeRouin creates her works using an intuitive process of layering and focusing on formal qualities of the art. Char produces paintings, jewelry, and also delves into bookmaking and fabric art, all with a definitive scrapbook sensibility.


Char’s lush beaded necklaces seem almost improvisational – clusters of shiny beads hang down like ripe fruit, in widely varied shapes and colours. They are very neatly put together, though, and there is a nice quality of workmanship and level of skill there.


A complex handmade necklace shown on a mannequinTriple Strand Necklace

I think Char’s style really shines in her fabric and bookmaking artworks. She has one example of papier-mache doll that she created, making a dress out of finely woven white fabric for it to wear. She is also a practiced bookbinder, creating her own scrapbooks as well as blank journals bound in an eclectic mixture of scraps of fabric. In her portfolio – – Char also includes a nice amount of process photos and images of her raw materials.


A screen capture of the front page of Char Derouin's

A stack of journals made from scrap fabrics and paperFabric Covered Journals

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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