Starting during the holiday season this year, Kim McCollum and I are putting our creative brains together to make you a gorgeous, simple, handmade, subscription package. Kim is one of the wonderful artists/business women that I've met since moving to Alberta. She has a weaving and painting practice and co-runs Gather Textiles. It took me a long time to boil our collaboration down to this but in the most essential terms:
Kim occasionally considers weaving as text/storytelling/communication/knowledge storing... and I believe you can convince yourself that anything is a book. There is a sweet spot in our creative venn diagram and this project fits perfectly within it.
Kim and I enjoyed a curatorial, idea-generating, studio day a couple months ago where we put textiles and prints together in a super satisfying way.
We're mailing out four distinct packages over the course of 2020/2021:
You can sign up to receive one, two, or four packages (with an increasing discount of course!) and they make a wonderful gift for someone you want to show love to all year long.
Every package contains a sample of a weaving by Kim, including a draft of the handwoven sample (the pattern for how to create it) if you're a textile-type human. It also contains a print by yours truly, involving lino and/or hand-set-type and/or papermaking (2021 is going to be FUN). There's a quotation element, and a bit of book-structural presentation, and we're wrapping it all in a super cute button-string envelope.
The first iteration of this project [Volume No. 1] contains a weaving sample titled "poppies" in red cotton and light brown linen. The linocut print included is a meditation on reading and codification outside of conventional language. It is called "reader - weaver". To be honest, I wanted to call it "reader/weaver" but I didn't have the diagonal slash in the lead typeface I was using! The text below the linocut is from Kim's notes on the subject:
A weaving is a story.
It has a beginning and an end.
It can be deciphered line by line.
The weaving sample "poppies" that Kim created has a delicious texture and rich colour. It looks great on the reverse as well, which you can see a bit of in the photo below! You don't have to leave the swatch in the booklet.
You can purchase 1, 2, or 4 consecutive volumes below:
Come back and visit this page in February to see what's coming in the March mailout!!