My lovely neighbor Denise Casey asked if I would design an image to correspond with a very moving poem she wrote about her experience with Lyme, which as we in Vermont know is prevalent and disheartening. Let’s all be aware, and support Denise by buying a t-shirt! Here is what she says about the project,
“As some of you know, I had to leave my job in June because I needed to rest and heal from Lyme disease. The healing process is ongoing.
One of the difficulties of this disease is that so much of the struggle is invisible and done alone. I’ve heard many stories about people healing from all kinds of illnesses and struggles, and the main theme I hear is learning how to allow tenderness to be a source of guidance and trust. From these experiences, I wrote a poem and now I’m making a t-shirt in hopes that through connection and visibility we can remember a little bit more. And it’s been hard to earn money while still requiring the rest thats needed.
The front design was thoughtfully created by Franky Frances Cannon. On the back of the t-shirt is an excerpt from the poem Fighting the Flight:
“…they, like the moon, and the waiting trees, and the tightness in my back, and the pressure in my head, and the weight in my body, are navigating me home and I pray that I stop fighting the flight, stop seeing this tenderness as less and start seeing it clearly as more.”
T-shirts are available in Heathered Navy w/ white ink, Heathered Green w/ white ink and Heathered Grey w/ Navy ink. Sizes are Mens S-XL. T-shirts start at $25 including shipping.
DM me w/ shirt size, color and quantity and we’ll go from there. Thank you!”
I’m honored to work with this musical genius. He’s putting out a new album this season, and he asked me to illustrate his songbook. So I did, of course! “Pay up” on kickstarter and you might just get some of my original artwork. I’ve included a sneak peeks (illustration above).
I must put out another song of gratitude for all those who helped me publish a book of poems this summer, and those who helped me thrive in my artist residency, produce art, and participate in the farmer’s market.
Thanks to Ben Aleshire and Honeybee Press for leading and guiding the book publishing efforts.
Thanks to John Vincent of Revolutionary Press for enabling the letterpress process in his New Haven studio.
Thanks to Joseph Pensak, Lydia Kerns, and the New City Galerie for hosting my messy artsy self (see the photo of my studio below).
Thanks to those who helped me copy edit (Sam, Ryan, Stef, Robert, Cecile, Janet, Liza, Rebecca, Ben, am I missing anyone?)
Thanks to those who helped print, bind, glue, and fold books, what a lot of work! (Liza, Sam, Janet, Ben)
Thanks to those who fed me and loved me throughout the process (Andrea Solazzo! And all of the others)…
I have just embarked on a new collaborative adventure with my dear, musical genius friend from the Midwest, Christopher the Conquered. These are a few examples of the types of drawings I will be creating in response to his music. Here is what he has to say about the project:
I am very excited to announce a new project I am undertaking, starting today, called Christopher the Conquered’s 100 Songs Project, in which I will write, record, and publish 100 songs over the course of the next year. Each song is based on individual fans of mine from around the world. I’ve always written from my own perspective; now I’m ready to look through the lens of others’ experiences.
Each song will be accompanied by an original illustration by visual artist Franky Frances Cannon, created in response to the composition.
Yes, I have designed many a tattoo for my own body and the bodies of my friends, but I know many of you don’t actually want the ink to follow you to your dying beds, so here’s a ‘line’ of my designs. I don’t yet have an etsy (soon!) so if you’d like one of these, you can either find me at the Burlington arts farmer’s market in Vermont, or shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amidst the chaos of the AWP writer’s conference in Los Angeles and the Mission Creek Literary festival in Iowa City, I’m celebrating with fingers crossed the news that I’m a finalist for the Green Mountain Review Book Prize.