Greetings from Elsewhere: Created for Pete Word who provided safe haven in time of turmoil for a lost healing battered confused version.
No secret that I love to make scrapbooks – both building them and filling them – and sometimes even encourage my friends to do so. In this case, Robert Scales made one as a guestbook for his resort in Bali.
I gave it a little tuneup and encouragement and then, it lived at the bar and was filled with wonderful words until… One day, the bar burned down and sadly, the book with it (plus all kinds of great ephemera he had collected from world travels including loads from his home province in Quebec, unlike the booze, irreplaceable objects d’ art). I’m glad some of these comments are preserved digitally as well as the Curious George cover and board-game backboard.
From Mac Kobayashi, Okayama, Japan
Just arrived a wonderful letter & gift from Dave. Maybe I think I lost or wasn’t taken the photos of our good old days that we having time together 23 years ago. But he found it in his old box. Thank you Dave. You and me, my wife and daughter 1-year-old before. So nostalgic feeling.
I’m a sucker for fun photos with costumes. As such, while presenting at Social Media Camp in Victoria in 2016, I availed myself of the promotional photo booth and dug into the provided tickle trunk, plus added a few items I had on hand, to create this series of photos to craft characters and story.
Presented individually, then as they appeared in strips for the record (in case you want to print and trade with your friends).
Assembled stacks of journals, notebooks, binders and so on, documented before stashing in suitcases and putting in a storage locker to be explored another time.
Compiled during a lost period, the memories of which are as foggy and blurry as the snaps as i wandered places as cursively sloppy as the scribbles within. Remnants of medical appointments, medications schedules, mail ordered items, lists, journals, poetry, dreams, nightmares and talismans of hoping for peace and healing or just rest or maybe contentment.
The book itself is my “usual style” of a board game backer board, calendar paper front cover (Audrey Hepburn obv) and a variety of heavy stock sewn within using a Japanese sidebinding style.
Also coasters, cards, travel/ticket stubs and oddments to help retrace steps like paper breadcrumbs. Seems a wander from Washington to Oregon to Pacifica (CA) with sojourns to Logan (UT) and Austin (TX). I recall fleeting snippets and folks whom i am grateful to.
Free haiku and paintings on variety of paper. Made in Tottori, Japan, 1993/4. Read publicly at my older brother’s wedding in Okizaki, Japan.
I’d recently rambled Europe and feasted on Van Gogh and Mattisse and combining their bold lines and bright colours with the efficiency and conciseness of Japanese aesthetic, these emerged.
Produced into a very limited run series (maybe 30?) of chapbooks printed on hemp + cereal straw paper and sewn (top binding) with hemp thread in Guam in 1995/6 and mailed to friends. I don’t have one of these bound copies, only the delicate originals in a file.
At Pecha Kucha Night “All-Star” edition at The Vogue Theatre on Granville St., i spoke in the “clean-up” slot and had the best time sharing “Forgotten Vancouver Stories” in the “20 slides, 20 seconds each” format.
Then pal Kris Krug snapped a quick series of “two-fers” with me and other speakers, shared here for posterity and interest.