Twelve by twelve

close up of notebook paper with the word dear written on it

close up of notebook paper with the word dear written on it

If I were Anne of Green Gables I would call my dear friend, Amelia, a kindred spirit. She is my Diana and I am her Anne. We met just a few years ago, but it feels like she’s an old elementary school friend. We have one of those uninterrupted relationships. There’s always something we can talk about and even if we go awhile without chatting it feels like we pick up where we left off right when we see each other. A breath of fresh air friendship.

Now that I live in a different state and a long day’s drive away from Amelia, we have come up with a fun way to stay in touch. We decided to collaborate on some artworks.

Here’s the deal.

We pick a material and each start a new artwork using that material. Each piece is to measure 12 inches by 12 inches.

Paper is our first material choice.

I have been pondering the piece for a few weeks now not really knowing where to begin. The other night I had one of those half awake kind of dreams and an artwork popped in my head. So, I created it the next day.

notebook paper that has been sewn together

I am really excited to send it over to Amelia and see what she has to add to it. As you know, this is right up my alley as I always like to add a step or two to my artworks that are out of my control. Here I’m handing over the entire work to someone else to do as she pleases. It’s thrilling because I have no idea what to expect to get back in the mail. And, I get to do the same thing to the beginnings of a work of art Amelia will be sending my way shortly.

notebook paper sewn together with red thread

Elizabeth from Chowchilla, CA

a detail of a woman's portrait
a portrait of a woman drawn on letters she's written
Elizabeth from Chowchilla

Here’s is my most recent work for the Significant Stranger Project. I only know Elizabeth through the letters we have been writing back and forth for the last two years or so. When I sat down to think of what material to use to draw her face I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than the letters themselves. And because I only know Elizabeth through text I decided to use letters as the means to show her to the rest of the world.

a detail of a woman's portrait