We are happy to announce
as the recipient of our Monthly Gift of December!
Amy is an author, artist and ambitious maker based in Chicago.
When prompted with the question of what she likes to make,
“Children’s books. Grown-up books. Short films.
Salads. Connections with the universe.
Something out of nothing. Wishes.”
Through her practice as an author, videographer,
initiator of large-scale gatherings and
participatory public performances,
Amy inspires a rediscovery of wonder, humor and harmony
within the most common and candid of life’s circumstances.
This month, we responded to Amy's heartfelt efforts
with an invitation to collaborate on a notebook:
We call it
THE ABLE COMPANION
for Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Where I perch myself (be it at my desk, my kitchen table, at a coffeehouse, at the ocean) has a palpable albeit intangible effect on my creative process. I would like my notebook itself to embody various "perches." I like this concept for personal reasons, and for Jeffrey-and-Matt-Perch-reasons. I'm imagining my notebook with all sorts of papers/creative settings such as... * lined paper (school notebook paper, legal pad paper, elementary school paper with the wide lines) * graph paper * pre-printed storyboard pages (you know, with those rounded squares you draw inside) * magnetized paper (what would I create knowing it would ultimately be hung on a metal surface?) * colored papers * paper that was crumpled up and then straightened * paper with printed opaque images of aforementioned environments (coffeehouse, ocean, etc.) * different sized papers–an itty-bitty piece of paper, a piece of paper that when unfolded reveals itself as very large * papers I have not mentioned here but belong in this book because you dreamed them up * plain paper