Primarily a paper artist, last year I also became a published poet. I thought The Tiny Sketchbook Project would be a perfect format for sharing a handful of my haiku poems. When I discovered that there was actually a form of haiku that paired images with poetry (haiga), I had the perfect plan. I thoroughly enjoyed creating images to accompany the verses that I selected for this collection. I confess that I tend to bend the rules when it comes to the writing of haiku -- often my poems reflect moments of personal memory, as often as reflections of the natural world. They have become for me a means to live mindfully -- capturing moments of daily living in a way that paints a picture in words.
For the project, I selected a grouping of existing haiku (and wrote a couple of brand new ones) and set about creating sketches to pair with each. I glued two pages together throughout my book to strengthen the paper and decided to use watercolor pencils to add color to my illustrations. Each verse was laser printed onto label stock, and trimmed to fit the pages. Titling injected a bit of word play. I am thrilled with the outcome, and look forward to seeing it again on my next visit to New York.
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