About Me

I am a writer, content editor, and artist with the soul of a swing-dancing Pony Express rider. Interests include consumerism, classic films, environmental issues, scent-free living, health, science, writing, and robots. My blog reflects exploration in word and image. I can’t promise how often I will or won't post. In 2018, I'll continue to explore identity and boundaries beginning with nature vs. man.

Sampling the "We R What We 8" Workbook!

Image from sample PDF of We R What We 8: the WORKBOOK.
Here is a 22-page sample of my We R What We 8: the WORKBOOK available as a free PDF download. Hopefully, it will inspire you to experiment and look at words from different perspectives. This is a workbook showing how I assembled the WeRWhatWe8 aleatory poetry book employing a combination of techniques including ekphrastic inspiration and found words from an image. It's part of my Consumerism Series which contemplates family values processed and sold back to us as products.

The project evolved when my husband and I were selling our house. We cleared out personal items and staged our home. Removing personal photographs leaving empty photo frames triggered a contemplation of what we fill our frames with. What are memories? What are we? What makes up our physical bodies, ways of thinking, and who or what is family? How do we value our moment in time?

I’ve had a life-long creative admiration for advertising. Text and images. How we shape what we say and frame it for consumers to digest. Packaging information and greeting card imagery provided the found poetry words for the source poem. The aleatory chance operations provided by the cutting-up technique freed me from most of my personal views or baggage around how easily consumers are manipulated and influenced into living out slogans. Austin Kleon’s attitude and book Show Your Work inspired me to sit down and do this project. Don’t be afraid to show the work, mistakes and all.

Any teachers interested in the complete workbook or for me to virtually visit your classroom, please contact me.


Sample Workbook PDF download

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