Sept. 11 album project wins
1st place at fair
by C.A. Gilman
When artist/book maker Bobbi Boschan's trip to France last
September was canceled because of the tragedies of Sept. 11,
she created a photo-essay of the people, places and things in
Ojai that were affected by the attacks. Judges
at the Ventura County Fair awarded her first place in their non-fabric
bound album competition this summer for the book she created
that featured these memorable photos.
Boschan began photographing on Sept. 12 and concluded at the
end of November 2002. She said, "I wanted to create some
kind of photo essay - it was very spontaneous." Her album
is composed of these photographs as well as pertinent anecdotes
that tell the story. She said, "This is not an album in
the traditional sense: it was created using film, a digital camera
and computer design techniques. I did all of the design, printing
and construction of this 5-1/2" square book as well as the
box to store it in. I based the design on my interest in artists'
books that I had explored over the last several years."
Prior to moving to Ojai, Boschan ran a successful rubber stamping
business in Santa Monica and Century City as well as serving
as Public Utilities and Transportation commissioner for the city
of Los Angeles under Tom Bradley.
"Art of the Brain," a UCLA support group for brain
cancer research, recently commissioned Boschan to create an artist
book for Richard Dean Anderson using photos of his daughter and
his family. Anderson is this year's honoree at a special event
being held on Sept 28 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los
Boschan has made enlargements from the book that will be on display
at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club on Sept. 9. These posters will
be available for purchase as well as given to any of the people
who appear in the album.
She is donating the prize-winning album to the archives of the
Ojai Valley Museum where she serves as a member of the Board
of Trustees. She is also publishing a limited edition of the
album that is available by calling her at 649-2238 or by email
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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