Congratulations and thanks, Seth.
Bookmaking is my current -- and probably forever -- obsession. The project I submitted was built around a found diary that my great grandfather kept while stationed in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.
Pleasures of Hope.
Continuing the theme of Taking the Pulse, I asked Seth if he could remember when he first thought of himself as creative. I actually do recall a specific event when I thought I might be creative. I was four (or maybe five) and had drawn a duck. I showed it to my best friend, Tommy, who lived next door.
"Huh-uh," she protested. "You did not draw that; your mom did."
At four, I was sure my mom was awesome at everything (most things, but not drawing, turns out). From that moment, I thought I might be just the slightest bit more creative than other four-year-olds, and it's amazing where that can take one. (Still, I wish I'd kept drawing.)
When I asked Seth, Do you recall when you first realized you were creative? he replied:
I actually dabbled in many creative endeavors in high school, college, and as a young adult...although never the visual arts. From that perspective, I think I knew that I had a creative side. But until I connected with bookmaking and mixed media arts in 2000, the adjective 'creative' would not have been one of the first I would have used to describe myself. But I think as I became more and more active in and engaged by art, I slowly began to get in touch with my creative side more and more.
Oh, and Seth, another question: There's a spot on the back half acre that could use a barn . . . or at least, a garden shed. Think you could rally the neighbors?