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The Artobiography Experience is not an art or writing workshop, no special talents are necessary—just a willingness to participate and an interest in personal insight. If a piece is created that’s worthy of keeping, that’s a bonus. All materials are provided: magazines, scissors, glue sticks, etc. We spend some time selecting and cutting out pictures and headlines or sections of text with words, whatever seems appealing, keeping this thought in mind: More than anything, I’d like you to know this about me.

When we’re finished the spontaneous collage boards are put up on a wall. There are no signatures, everything is anonymous. I ask for interpretations about what the person who created this is trying to communicate about themselves. That person gets to hear what others think they have revealed. (Sometimes it’s surprising to them.)

The conversations are most lively, entertaining and insightful when the people involved are friends and know each other well. At the first Artobiography Experience I facilitated, the group was intent on figuring out who had done each piece and, much to my surprise, immediately guessed every one.

As the child of a critical father, I, in particular, related to this memoir. The Artobiography Experience of “spontaneous collage,” which was a wonderful evening with close friends, revealed to me something quite personal about a cross- road I am facing right now. That it is game time for me (one of the words I unconsciously put in the center of my collage) became quite clear.”

—Anya Kirva

“The piece I made seemed to be a snapshot of this moment in my life. I wanted to put a date on it to mark this time. The collage I made looks like it’s from another era. My mother passed away 9 days earlier and I’m filled with memories of her, steeped in a lifetime of her possessions. Making the collage helped me see and embrace, own actually, how much of my mother is a part of me … and I have this collage to help with this passage in a very sweet way.”

—Sally Powell-Ashby

If you’re interested in arranging a workshop with your friends or book group call Tina Collen 303-440-4464.

2 Week Virtual Book Blogging Tour

With photos and video clips

February 10, 2013

March 7, 2012

Two book fans towering over author
Two book fans towering over author

 December 15, 2011

Kabbalah Live Lecture Series

Closeup of book table at Kabbalah Live Lecture Series

Goldberger Center, Denver, Colorado
3599 S. Ivanhoe Street
Denver, CO

Each presentation offers a different artist or writer at the top of their game to speak about their AHA moment

June 25, 2011

“Book of the Year” Gold medal winner

ForeWord magazine reviews 2000-plus books a year from the country’s top small presses for the magazine’s readership of librarians, booksellers, and 125,000 website visitors.

June 2, 2011

Talk, Presentation & Book signing


Taking questions from the audience

3800 Kalmia Avenue
Boulder 80301

May 25, 2011

BookExpo America book signing

Jacob Javits Convention Center NYC

BEA from above
Nautilus at BEA
BEA show floor

May 25, 2011

Interview on Sirius XM Radio

with Maggie Linton

May 25, 2011

Listen to interview on KGNU Radio

with Sharon Jogerst

“Collen’s talks are inspiritational and audiences for her multimedia presentations have been growing steadily. At her last book event, the Denver Eclectics, she addressed an audience of 250. She concludes her presentations with a shocker—the story of what transpired (after she finished writing the book) between her and her father who is now 95.” —KGNU Radio, Denver Colorado

Tina Collen joins Sharon Jogerst in the KGNU studio

Aspen Comedy Festival, of all places

Excerpt reading

Revealing self portrait mystery

May 14, 2011

Barbed Wire Books

Meet the author at Barbed Wire Books

504 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 827-3620

May 1, 2011

2011 Nautilus Book Award gold medal winner

The Nautilus Book Award


“Nautilus Book Awards recognize the leading edge of the leading edge of books about where the culture is heading by the people who are taking it there.”

They review and acknowledge books that promote conscious living and positive social change, books that offer life-affirming options to a world that longs for a new story. Their process is long and labor-intensive and is carried out by three teams of judges—highly qualified, experienced reviewers located across the U.S. with successful careers as editors, writers, publishers, librarians, college professors and bookstore owners. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Andrew Weil, Barbara Kingsolver, Marianne Williamson, Naomi Wolf and on. The Essential Box Set of Landmark Speeches & Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. won a silver in 2010.

March 19, 2011

Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association

Panelist and Round table leader – Autobiography/Memoir

Red Lion Inn

4040 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80216
303 321-6666

February 23, 2011

2 Week Virtual Book Blogging Tour

1/31/2011James R. Amenthttp://www.jamesrament.com/
2/01/2011Book Fetishhttp://bookfetish.org
2/02/2011Found Not Losthttp://jmomfinds.amoores.com
2/03/2011Sandra’s Book Clubhttp://sandrasbookclub.blogspot.com
2/04/2011Doing it with Gracehttp://doingitwithgrace.blogspot.com
2/07/2011CIPA Bookshelfhttp://booksatcipa.wordpress.com
2/08/2011Minding Spothttp://booksatcipa.wordpress.com
2/09/2011Faye Quam Heimerlhttp://fayequamheimerl.wordpress.com/
2/10/2011Thoughts in Progresshttp://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com
2/11/2011Live from Las Vegas Linda Louhttp://www.vegaslindalou.blogspot.com/

February 20, 2011

Book giveaway


The author is giving away an autographed book to the reader who posts the most thought-provoking answer to this question:

Oftentimes the objects we hold onto contain cryptic clues that point towards something deeper about ourselves. Take a look around your house (or your room) at the things with which you have surrounded yourself. Is there anything you are still hanging onto that seems to contain a hidden message for you?

A book went to Karelle who commented:

In my kitchen I saw the wok that my mother gave me so many years ago and was reminded of the feeling I carried around for so long that she was still trying to control me from the grave. When I was bringing up my daughter I would think about what my mother would do and then I would do the exact opposite. Now I’m reminded of all the things she told me that turned out to be true.

January 10, 2011

Excerpts from the Blog Tour

Doing it with GraceStorm of the i, an ‘artobiography’ by author/artist Tina Collen, is a cohesive marriage of exhibition and memoir. She opens her life’s portfolio and gives us a dazzling view of her aesthetic triumphs while battling the bedevilment of unanswered questions. Beautifully designed and well-written, her book pays homage to the scraps, trophies and mementos that have become her tapestry. Images of her artwork, family photographs, treasured relics and poems treat us to a candid and refreshingly amusing view of her personal and professional journey.”

January 10, 2011



What started you writing this book? It’s such an dramatic mix of emotional narrative and graphic images.


The galvanizing energy struck me like a Zeus lightning bolt from, of all places, the stage of a comedy festival on Valentine’s Day in Aspen, Colorado. That evening took a turn I didn’t expect:

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