Starting Tomorrow (Things are going to be different)

Starting Tomorrow (Things are going to be different)

Handmade book, 2017.

The cover drawing is from a photo in my mind’s eye, something I remembered reading about.

There had been a story somewhere about war refugees in Idomeni, Greece creating a "pretend" refugee news station. This station was created in the camps because of the absence of media covering the catastrophe. Refugees used boxes and improvised devices as pretend cameras.

The poem inside this handmade book draws a line connecting violence within the US borders to wars abroad. It’s about the effects of disaster and violence on the way humans experience time, and the ability of all forms of language to mean and have capital in crisis.

(Special thanks to Chris Funkhauser for inviting me to read part of it on his WGXC (Hudson, NY) program, “Poet Ray’d Yo.”)

Sample page

Sample page

2017. Starting Tomorrow

Book Cover, Man Made/Close Drawings

Book Cover, Man Made/Close Drawings

For Handmade/Homemade, a handmade book series/exhibition at Pace University, curated by Deborah Poe, in 2014. To learn more, and see other handmade books, go here.

This book, with a handmade cast of a shoe, began as project to chronicle a trash bag full of old clothes. I wondered in what ways the clothes my family had worn marked us with their distant making. I tried to memorialize the labor of and lives human beings involved in their manufacture and the catastrophes of globalized capitalism. I tried to depict a partial story in drawings and poem text.

"The Children's Place"

"The Children's Place"

Sample page. Man Made/Close Drawings. The following are some of the drawings I made of clothes which were bagged up in trash bags during a move I once made. The book /poem"Close Drawings" imagines the people who made the clothes my family wore and disposed of, and the context of garment industry work.

Feed dog

Feed dog

Sample page. Man Made/Close Drawings.

Pattern (cont'd)

Pattern (cont'd)

Sample page. Man Made/Close Drawings.

Diary w/o Pictures

Diary w/o Pictures

2013, handmade book, 21 pages

"Tomahawks come back..."

"Tomahawks come back..."

Sample page. Diary w/o Pictures.

Future Occupations

Future Occupations

2012. Little Red Leaves Textile Editions. Design by Dawn Pendergast.

Knot drawing/Night work

Knot drawing/Night work

9" x 8" wood relief print and drawing