Studio Spotlight: Debbie Bamberger

Studio AM is forming an inspiring community of learners, educators, creators, and music makers and we're loving getting to know each and every person who comes by. One Studio AM regular, Debbie Bamberger, has brought her practice of art journaling to the studio. Read about Debbie's experience with this unique practice, Judaism and JSP.

What got you into art journaling?

A friend told me last February about an art journaling class she was taking.  The teacher lives in Michigan, and the class is completely virtual.  [The teacher] sends out three prompts a week, and I make an art journal page based on the prompt.  Before this, I had no creative outlet, and I didn't think of myself as particularly artistic. I absolutely loved it.  I lived for the prompts. I committed to The 100 Day Project, a free global art project where you make and post a piece of art every day for 100 days.  Art journaling has really transformed my life.  I delve into things about myself and look at the world through a more creative lens.

How did you begin to connect Jewish spirituality to your process?

Another friend of mine was at my house looking at my art journals, and she asked me if I knew about the Jewish Studio Project and I thought it was the perfect place for me to check out. I already had somewhat of a Jewish theme to some of my art journal pages, and the possibility of exploring that theme more deeply called to me.  I love going to Creative Commentary.  The creative part after the Torah study is usually more writing-based, but I've been bringing a painted background in a journal and then writing on top of it. While Jewish by birth, I grew up completely unobservant and have become more Jewish-identified as an adult. The inclusive nature of the JSP really resonates with me.

How has your art journaling process impacted you personally? Spiritually?

I love that I can work things out on the page, either directly through journaling, or just through art.  If you just look through my pages, you can't necessarily tell what they are about, but when I look at them, I know what I was working through.  I love that.

Jeff Kasowitz