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. Flying Adventures has received generous support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
Handbound Artist Book: 84 pages containing 82 color and black and white photographs, printed on Moab Entrada fine art paper with Epson pigment inks. 7x10". Slipcase, hand-lettered text, hand-torn edges, collage elements. Limited edition variable of 25
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 summer 2019)
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.
Public and educational Programming
I welcome the opportunity to partner with schools, arts organizations, and other venues in bringing Flying Adventures to diverse audiences, be they students, artists, writers, aviation enthusiasts, or simply those who enjoy a good story.
Illustrated Reading: Flying Adventures is read aloud while accompanying images are projected onscreen. May be followed by an artist talk and Q&A or be presented on its own.
Gallery Talks: I welcome the opportunity to speak about the history and process of creating Flying Adventures and can tailor a presentation to fit the interests of your audience.
Creative Persistence: Lessons from a Long-Term Project: This public presentation leads audiences through the history of creating Flying Adventures, and how the quest to bring a single handmade book to the greater public not only continues to shape the project’s trajectory, but also transforms its creator. While told from an artist’s perspective, Creative Persistence touches on universal themes that inspire audiences to see their own projects’ successes and failures as part of a bigger picture.
Workshops: In workshops as short as an hour to ones spanning several days, I teach students how to construct various book structures to create a showcase for personal and collaborative creative projects, be they written, visual, or a combination thereof. Regardless of medium, a book is an expression of a fundamental human desire to document and express our experience, both real and imagined, and to connect with others through story.
Educational Collaborations: Flying Adventures can be a springboard for creative writing exercises, art classes, and STEM concepts (geography, meteorology, physics of flight, etc). Working closely with your community and educators, I am happy to collaborate on programs that cross and combine disciplines, as well as those focusing on a single subject.
Visiting Artist / Artist-in-Residence: I welcome the opportunity to engage students and the public through workshops, readings, art talks, mentoring, and discussion as a visiting artist or artist-in-residence. Should your institution wish to acquire an original, hand-bound Flying Adventures book, I can make its creation the central focus of a residency.
Scheduling & Acquisitions
To discuss scheduling an exhibition, reading, public talk, or workshop; or for information regarding acquiring a unique hand-bound copy 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...