Monday, November 29, 2010

book brou ha ha

Thanks to several helpings of gravy, I am ready for the upcoming whirl of book events around Ice Harbor Mittens. First off, I am doing a drawing/writing workshop at the Telling Room this Saturday from 1 - 3 PM. We'll play some drawing games, and let a lost mitten find it's way home in 10 panels! I made this collage from my pencil sketches for the book, and put it on the cover of the booklets we will fill.

Author Robin Hansen has lots up her woolly sleeve, too. Check out her new blog! 
We'll be together, signing books, drawing mittens, and having yarnish fun at Kennebooks on Dec. 12 from 1 - 3 PM.

Today I got a copy of a lovely review in the mail from Melissa Sweet. You can read it here. The following weekend, there will be a launch event at the Maine Maritime Museum, which has just opened a new exhibit, "Cross Currents: Visual Arts Distilled from the Maritime World." I will bring along a few framed originals from the book for display.

For the month of December, I'm happy to be part of the Maine Illustrator's Collective show at the Freeport Community Library: WINTER! a fun, diverse collection of interpretations of the season to come... from silly to serious. A dozen Maine illustrators will show works inspired by our long winters. I framed this piece from the book:

Robin and I will also be part of a library swing on Dec. 29, at the Freeport Community Library from
2 - 4 PM, along with other DownEast authors and illustrators. Whew!
I hope there will be snacks. We'll bring the laughs.

In February, we will be having fun with WinterKids at Pineland Farms on Feb. 22. Don't have all the details yet. More to come.

Pretty amazing that all this springs from a pair of humble yarn balls. I forgot how to knit many years ago, so I find it magical that Robin can knit such a thing and spin such a yarn. This still life was done from the yarn and needles she sent me for reference. Good thing, since I had the wrong needles in my early sketches. Ooops.

Here's to a warm and woolly December!

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