The Flying Adventures of Two Candy Cane Pen Friends
The Flying Adventures of Two Candy Cane Pen Friends is the enchanted tale --- told through photographs and hand-lettered text --- of pen pals who finally meet and spend time exploring the Pacific Northwest in a little blue and yellow airplane. Written in the spirit of The Little Prince and Griffin & Sabine, Flying Adventures is a timeless story that celebrates the magic of friendship and flight, inspiring the dreamer in us all. (On a personal note, it also happens to be the creative retelling of the adventure which made me want to learn how to fly.)
Wanting to bring the story and its inspiration to many different audiences, I present Flying Adventures not only as a one-of-a-kind artist book, but also as a framed exhibit, illustrated reading, and abridged paperbound book.
Handbound Artist Book: 84 case-bound pages containing 82 color and black and white photographs, printed on Moab Entrada fine art paper with Epson pigment inks. 7x10". Dust jacket, hand-lettered text, hand-torn edges, collage elements. Future books will be created, each as its own unique edition.
Framed Exhibition: Individual book pages are printed on Moab Entrada fine art paper, hand-lettered, sewn into signatures, and mounted in 14x20 shadowbox frames to resemble pages of an open book. (Available mid-summer 2017)
Illustrated Reading: Flying Adventures is read aloud while accompanying images are projected in a slideshow.
Short-form Paperbound Book: A 20-page zine of photographs and excerpts from the book, press-printed and saddle stitched in a 5x7 landscape format. Numbered and signed in a current edition of 250.
I welcome the opportunity to partner with venues and arts organizations in bringing Flying Adventures to diverse audiences. I enjoy a collaborative approach to structuring a program, be it for students, artists, writers, aviation enthusiasts, or simply those who enjoy a good story.
Artist Talks: I am happy to speak about the history and process of creating Flying Adventures and can tailor a presentation to fit the interests of your audience. Additional topics have included professional development and business practices for artists; rejection, motivation and the creative process; and aviation-related discussion. Q&A sessions are welcome and encouraged.
Workshops: In workshops as short as an hour to ones spanning several days, I teach students how to assemble various book structures as a means to showcase a personal creative project. Photographic memoir, poetry, stories, drawings, collage, field notes, visual diaries... regardless of medium a book is a voice made manifest. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate on programs that cross and combine disciplines as well as those which focus on a specific expressive form.
Artist-in-Residence: I can create a one-of-a-kind edition of Flying Adventures while engaging students and/or the public through workshops, readings, art talks, mentoring, and discussion.
To date, Flying Adventures has received generous support from both the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. I am actively seeking donors and sponsors which will help make it possible to bring the project to national awareness.
Scheduling & Acquisitions
To discuss scheduling an exhibition, reading, artist talk, or workshop; or for information regarding acquiring a unique edition of Flying Adventures, framed prints, or zines, please contact me directly via email or telephone 614.937.5163.
Zines may also be purchased via PayPal. $16 plus a bit of shipping...