A Tactile Notion
Starting in late 2020, Kim McCollum and I have been putting our creative brains together to make you a gorgeous, simple, handmade, series of samplers. 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. We talk all about it here.
You can sign up to receive volume 1, 2, 3, or 4, and if you like, all of them!
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.
The second iteration (Volume No. 2) is very light and fresh. Think citrus for the colour pallette, with an emphasis on texture and play. Kim's doubleweave sample makes an appearance in my print as a picnic blanket. To echo the doubleweave, this is a double-sided print. The blind-embossed envelope is gorgeous (if I do say so myself) and there is a bookmark that reads:
A weaving is a conversation.
It must be considered from both sides.
The third iteration (Volume No. 3) is coming so soon! Buy now to be included in the June 18th mailout. Kim and I are both playing with recycling components (handmade paper and weaving with old shirts).
The continuation of this series will mailed out on the following dates. Sign up for multiple volumes to see where we take it.
- 7 x Full Subscription (All 4 Volumes)
- 8 x Volume 1