I must say, writing a book is one massive, daunting, exhausting and insanely exhilarating process. I just sent the box of the projects destined for Bluegrass Publishing and I have never been so scared in my entire life (except that one time I nearly burned the house down- that was an issue too).....5 months of work is in that box and I am just trusting it to FedEx to get it there in one piece and the art nestled inside safely.
I am really proud of this project. I think I may have mentioned bits and pieces here and there about this book but, now that it is down and scheduled for a Summer release, I feel more at ease about discussing it a bit.
It is for teens. Teens that want to make a difference in the world by using everyday materials to make their art. I had an amazing conversation with my friend Kathy Cano Murillo not too long ago (I have such a deep respect for her and I cannot tell any of you how appreciative I am to have her in my world)....I digress...I had this amazing talk with her and she, like I, grew up making things...being crafty and using what was on hand to create. I am hoping that this book helps kids realize that creativity is about the stuff in their heads, not the stuff they buy.
It is weird, I have so many hopes for this book- not like you think. I think many folks who go into business for themselves automatically think that because they got the necessary paperwork in to open a business means that they are in business and folks are going to seek them out to buy their stuff...not true. Same with books. Just because you write it does not mean folks are going to buy it. I really hope people buy it. Not because I will earn a commission, but because that commission will allow me to put more art materials in the hands of kids that under normal circumstances would never be able to have those supplies or classes.
I see the crazy amazing things my children and their friends create using the stuff in my studio and I cannot help but wonder what it would be like if all children had access to those same materials- what kind of world this would be, what amazing discoveries could be made by those children who were allowed to work with their hands early on. Art breeds creativity, creativity solves the world's really hard problems.....without that conceptual thinking and ability to explore, we are crippling our children's ability to be effective problem solvers. If you give a child a roll of duct tape and tell them to build a bridge that can hold 200 pounds, they WILL come up with some interesting solutions.....not all of them will work or be remotely safe yet, they will be ideas they can learn from and file away in their heads.....you never know when that kind of info could come in handy (a 25 foot ladder made completely out of duct tape that held 10 highschool seniors at band camp is a PERFECT example....that is all you need to know)
So, now, the real work begins. I just wanted to say thank you to Julie and Linda for everything ahead of time.