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New artists in residence at Camera Obscura

Book artist Debra Disman and paper and textile designer Huong Nguyen are the next Studio Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, working onsite now through April 18, 2018.


Disman is continuing a series of works that progressively investigate the emotional, sensory and evocative aspects of the book format, while Nguyen is creating paper and textile work that uses traditional Asian craft techniques such as Shibori (Japanese tie-dye), Katagami (Japanese stencil making), and Joomchi (Korean paper felting), with shapes and colors inspired by flora and fauna of Santa Monica.


Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in the form of the book. Disman was the featured artist for the Los Angeles Big Read in 2016, exhibiting at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice. She was commissioned in 2017 by the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum to create an interactive book for “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California.” She is a teaching artist at LACMA and was recently awarded a Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence grant to work with high school students and community members in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood.

 (Debra Disman Sculptural Book)

Born in Orlando, Fla. to a large Vietnamese family, Huong Nguyen is a visual artist with roots in the textiles industry. Nguyen received a BFA from RISD for Textile Design and works in printmaking, pattern design and various media. Her studio work brings a contemporary aesthetic and spirit of inquiry to ancient material and design traditions, with an emphasis on the essential and hand-made.

 (Huong Nguyen Shibori Quilt)

Residency programs connect the public with artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Resident artists share their work with the public informally and through public workshops and events. Information about this and other residencies are available at under “Artist Opportunities.”


Here is a lineup of events:

Workshops with Debra Disman

1/13, 11am-1:30pm - Flag Books & Found Writing
1/20, 11am-1:30pm - Tunnel Books
1/27, 11am-1:30pm - Scrolls & Paper Marbling
2/3 - 11am-1:30pm - Fireworks Book
2/10, 11am-1:30pm - Simple Sewn Booklets
2/17, 11am-1pm - Big Beach Book Stenciling & Stamping
2/24, 3-4:30pm - Big Beach Book Mural Painting
3/3, 3-4:30pm - Big Beach Book Altered Pages
3/10, 3-4:30pm - Book Cover Embellishments
3/17, 11am-1:30pm - Accordion Fold Book + Pockets
3/24, 3-4:30pm - Double Flower Fold Book
3/31, 11am-1:30pm - Envelope Book
4/7, 3-4:30pm - Creating Sculptural Books

Workshops with Huong Nguyen

1/13, 2-4pm - Shibori Dyed Paper
1/20, 2-3:30pm - Shibori Dyed Tea Towels
1/27, 2-5pm - Katagami Shadow Lanterns
2/3 - 2-3:30pm - Shibori Pillow Covers
2/10, 2-3:30pm - Shibori Dyed Paper
2/17, 2-3:30pm - Shibori Tote Bags
2/24, 11am-12:30pm - Shibori Handkerchiefs
3/3, 11am-2pm - Katagami Shadow Lanterns
3/10, 11am-2pm - Paper Weaving
3/17, 2-5pm - Pojagi Wrap Cloths
3/24, 11am-2pm - Dimensional Pillow Covers
3/31, 2-5pm - Katagami Shadow Lanterns
4/7, 11am-1pm - Embellishing Paper Lanterns

All workshops are for adults 18 and up and can be registered for online at


RSVP to the culminating exhibit/presentation at


The Camera Obscura Art Lab is located at 1450 Ocean Ave. in Palisades Park, between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard. Parking nearby at Structure 6 is $2.75 for three hours and it’s four blocks from the Metro downtown Santa Monica stop. The Camera Obscura mechanism is free to visit and open Mon - Fri 9am – 3pm and Sat 11am – 4pm. Contact us: (310) 458-2239 and Tag us at #ArtSaMo and #CameraObscuraArtLab. Visit us on the web at


Camera Obscura Art Lab programs are presented by the City of Santa Monica. For more information, visit and See and share posts about the events by using #ArtSaMo.

This article is repurposed from a City of Santa Monica press release.