I have worked collaboratively with various artists for many years. I’ve learned a lot about how to set up a collaborative process so that all parties involved have enough artistic freedom to make the project interesting and fun for everyone. The best collaborations set agreed-on parameters and accept the other people’s artistic decisions within those parameters. The resulting work is always interesting in ways that I would never have achieved on my own. It is motivating, exciting, and pleasurable to work with other people.
The Swan Brother and His Sister
From 2012 to 2015, Kristin Meller who lives in Paris, France, and I created a book that became two books. Initially, Kristin wrote the brother’s words (in blue) and I wrote the sister’s words (in yellow), the line work is Kristin’s dry point and the shapes are my linocuts. Eventually, she wrote more words and bound the book in a slightly different order than I did. Here is my version.
Ms. Nomer #1
In 2011, I worked collaboratively with two other printmakers, Andrea Itzeck and Brenda Malkinson. We made two books, each called “Ms. Nomer,” the first of which was included in The Alberta Craft Council exhibition titled, “Pulp Paper, Pages” and won a prize. This exhibition also showed at the airport Edmonton, Calgary, and in Wonju, South Korea at a paper festival there.
And Ms Nomer #2
“Mouffetard’s Week” is two versions of a book published in postcard form. In 2005, David Townsend and I wrote a story which we illustrated independently from each other and published. The story was created by each of us writing alternate lines. I started with the first line and David finished with the last, the twentieth.The postcards were printed commercially and bound by hand by me.
The Equinox Arcana
In 1911, we published a project called “Equinox Arcana” which is two sets of cards designed like arcana but not from the traditional Tarot deck. It could be thought of as two versions of a book.