Enriching lives through art and craft

The Mixed-Media Memoir

October 17 - 22, 2021

Hollie Chastain  ·  holliechastain.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore the places where personal narrative and found objects merge as we use collage, low-tech printing methods, and bookbinding to tell our stories.


  • Storytelling using various media
  • Low-tech printing methods such as stenciling and Xerox transfer
  • Book binding


  • Various papers and bookbinding thread
  • Assorted paints, colored pencils, and inks
  • Collage and mixed media materials


  • Using various media to tell your personal story
  • Learning book structures
  • Incorporating found materials into creative work

Artist Bio

Hollie Chastain is a paperphile artist and illustrator working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Coming from both a graphic design and studio art background, her work has a story-telling quality, mixing found material, strong graphic elements and modern palettes. Texture plays an important role to her illustration process and she often combines embroidery, woven paper, ephemera and found objects in her work. She’s deeply inspired by folklore, music and the unknown and have a passion for folk art and self-taught artists. Her first book, If You Can Cut You Can Collage was released in November 2017 through Quarto Publishing.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Hollie Chastain
  • Hollie Chastain
  • Hollie Chastain
  • Hollie Chastain

Workshop Description

Where do words meet image in the stories we tell? How can materials we encounter day-to-day relate to our personal narratives? In this workshop, students will discover how to use different media to tell a story. The media can include comics, graphic novels, artist books, dioramas, and sequential panels along with the ways you might amalgamate these modes. Participants will explore collage, low-tech printing methods and book structures with a focus on incorporating found materials into their mixed-media memoirs. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.

Workshop Is Full


Donation to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

How much would you like to donate?
$50 $100 $250 $0 $0
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Current Mailing Address
Additional Note
A current mailing address is required to receive an acknowledgement/tax receipt.