The Pen Friends' Flying Adventures
I met Ryan a long time ago when I lived in Vermont and he was in high school building an airplane in his basement. Over the course of a winter many years later we became pen pals. He’d moved to Seattle, got a new airplane, and asked if I wanted to come visit and go on a flying adventure. (Or maybe I invited myself, I can’t remember!) I was ecstatic: flying! in a little plane with a front-seat view! I packed my cameras and off I went. Wanting to give Ryan something special by which to remember our time together, I taught myself bookbinding and created a handmade storybook about our adventures.
What you are reading is a gift I made for my friend. I’ve come to realize that, for a public audience, it is a first draft. It started out only as a book of photographs, but then a story began to percolate -- a memoir told as a fairy tale of sorts -- and I just wrote the words wherever they would fit on the pages. Consequently, text and images don’t always match up. The photographs don’t necessarily illustrate the text on the page, etc, etc.
It’s taken some time to decide how I want to bring the story to an audience, and I am currently working on a new edit. It will be available as a limited edition handmade book — and hopefully at some point a published trade edition — but it will also become an exhibit of framed pages as well as an “illustrated reading” (I’ll read the text aloud while displaying images in a slideshow format.) It is my goal to bring the story to art & community centers, museums, galleries, and schools, perhaps also offering workshops on bookmaking and personal storytelling. Mostly I just want to inspire others to have adventures of their own, however big or small.
** Please contact me to inquire about hosting a reading, exhibit, or workshop. More information will be available online soon.
** FOR SALE WHILE THEY LAST! . . . The first edition 5x7 paperback "zine" version of the book. Signed and numbered, $16. (Yes, it's PayPal, but you can opt to pay with a credit card.)