I’m sure to readers of Pearl the Squirrel, it appears that all I’ve been doing is breathing deeply…quietly…far away from my computer. Actually, it’s been just the opposite. I’ve spent so much time bent over the keyboard that I’ve had to go to physical therapy for my neck! But a break is in sight, because Sunday I turned in the manuscript for Art Quilts of the Midwest, the book I’ve been working on for the University of Iowa Press.
While I make it sound like a slog, it’s actually been such an interesting process, and one that’s enabled me to do that thing I so love—interview creative people and find out what they do and why. Each of the 20 artists’ works will be accompanied by a brief bio that came out of our hour-long conversations. Always a challenge to describe people like these in so few words, but also a privilege.
The book will be out in spring, 2015, and I’ll certainly mention more as the time draws nigh. I can’t wait to share with you the work of these artists, brought together by their Midwestern influences.
But for now, I’m going to go on a vacation (and I’m taking my knitting with me)!