Kim McCollum & Brianna Tosswill

A Tactile Notion

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Starting during the holiday season this year, Kim McCollum and I are putting our creative brains together to make you a gorgeous, simple, handmade, series of volumes. 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.

You can sign up to receive one, two, or four volumes (with an increasing discount of course!) and they make a wonderful gift for someone you want to show love to all year long. 

Every volume 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.

 

Further iterations in this series will be mailed out quarterly:

december 11

Dec 11 (but if you buy beforehand we will mail it out asap for your best odds of receiving it before Christmas!)

 

The continuation of this series will mailed out on the following dates. Sign up for multiple volumes to see where we take it.

march 19

March 19

june 18

June 18

september 17

Sept 17