…housed in a spare bedroom in my 1930s home located in downtown Nanaimo’s Historic Old Quarter.
The writiing and business end of Pig Squash Press all happens here, in a room that is just 8 x 11 feet. (Book construction for the hand-built books happens in a second room.)
I make book-art objects out of everything from roofing tarpaper to tree bark. This is "Radical Uprising" - the front and back covers are Douglas-fir bark.
That tall cupboard is my paper safe, and my storyboard is visible on the right.
I built this paper safe to keep all of the speciality papers that I use in creating my book-art objects protected from light and air.
When I am working on a full-length trade book such as Red Zone or Ride Backwards on Dragon, I storyboard the entire book using a cork bulletin board. Each card represents a poem or a visual in the book. I spend a lot of time rearranging the cards until I find the right sequence for all the elements.
A portion of the storyboard for RED ZONE.
I made the handle for my paper safe out of a branch from the old heritage apple tree in my backyard.
My fabulous new printer/copier/scanner (Brother DCP-7040) that totally rocks like Gibralter! (Do people still say that?)