Introducing the talent behind Pownal Street’s book design team, Jordan Beaulieu!
Jordan is an artist and arts worker based in Epekwitk. They have worked on a variety of popular media including zines, blogs, and of course — books! Jordan is a current member of This Town is Small, PEI’s artist-run centre, and has worked with several local projects including Art in the Open, Festival Route 11, Radiant Rural Halls, and the River Clyde Pageant.
Jordan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, with a major in Studio Arts and a minor in Women’s Studies. She then graduated with her MFA in Expanded Media from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. On why we need more art in the world, Jordan replied: “Art makes everything make sense!”
Jordan’s work has been featured in several exhibitions, including: Modern Beaches (Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax), unpunctuated (Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax), Making Spaces (FOFA Gallery, Montreal), and Jordan Beaulieu and Lenny Gallant, this town is small at Receiver Coffee, Charlottetown.
When I asked Jordan why they are drawn to working on books, they replied,
“As an artist, I was drawn to books as an affordable, everyday art form that people can actually hold in their hands and have as their own. I also prefer sequential and narrative content, and books totally fit the bill. They’re adaptable, versatile, and fun to make!”
Finally, I asked Jordan what advice they would give to someone embarking on a book project.
“Human expression and creativity are a joy so don’t let perfectionism or feelings of inadequacy or anything like that prevent you from making what you want to make. Also remember you can learn to do pretty much anything you set your mind to, especially with the help of the internet. And professional services come in handy too!”
Thanks for all your hard work Jordan!