First Books Arrived!

Yesterday I went to  the couriers to pick up  a missed delivery.  I then walked home from the bus stop carrying my first box of books. 12 books equals 17 pounds, the weight of my accomplishment registered I think for the first time. There is an irony here that should be pointed out- as a visual artist I have gone out of my way to figure out how to derive an income from my work that is not based in object making or participating in a consumer cycle. And here I am trudging down the street with this 17lb box of objects. But is a book an object? I made this comment to a friend last night and he said wisely, “a book is not an object, a book is potential.” So now I  sit and look at this beautiful box of potential on my studio table.  These stunning books with my name on the cover! Flipping through Common Threads feels like reliving the best moments of the last 10 years; the techniques I have learned, and now share with others, the stories of projects accomplished, communities I have worked with and the many  voices that ring out through the pages. Another friend who was very present through the writing process was thrilled to see the book completed and said I would be changing the world one reader at a time- a lofty goal, but such a great thought, and again, that potential that exists in a book…  One of the interviews in the book is with Oliver Kellhammer, a man I greatly admire and continue to learn from and in my interview with him he  talks about the role of the artist in community and says, …”it is not about the objects we make, but about the influence we have…” And this rings very clearly for me right now. Perhaps the influence I can have has just grown beyond my ability to quite comprehend just yet. Because that is what books do for us. They inspire us, connect us to each other and open up new ways of being. They offer potential.
The concept of having written Common Threads feels less surreal now that I can hold it in my hands ‘like an object’, and yet it does feel like it offers a  new world- for me as a new author, and hopefully for future readers who are inspired to discover the material  potential in their own backyards and neighbourhood parks. I feel so honoured to have worked with New Society Publishers on bringing this book into the world! As an eco artist my practice is rooted in making things that  biodegrade so  I am not worried about what I leave in my wake. This is likely the least ephemeral thing I have ever created, and I couldn’t be happier to have such a book to carry into the future, but maybe I will just carry 1 or 2, and not  12 at a time.IMG_2873Common Threads is still available in pre-sales with a 20% discount from the publishers website here if you wish to buy a copy, and will be hitting book stores in early November. I would be honoured if you felt  inclined to ask your local library to order in a few copies.  For those that are local to Vancouver I will be giving a talk and “Launching the Book” on November 10th from 7-8.30 at the Downtown Vancouver Public Library. There will be copies for sale there too…

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