WOW! My stitches are bursting open with excitement over this news! I’ve been holding my breath for a week, ever since Margaret Raymo, my editor at Houghton Mifflin called to tell me that Pocketful of Posies has won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book award in the picture book category. This time I answered the phone while making soup from left-over sword fish. When I got the call about the Golden Kite award, I was making Portuguese kale soup. I’ve got the message, keep making soup! Sometimes I think my artwork is like making soup, adding this and that, trying out different combinations of materials, sprinkling in a ton of french knots and then letting it stew until done. Thank you so much to the Horn Book panel of judges for selecting and recognizing my work. It feels like a door has been opened and I don’t have to hang out at the fringes anymore, even though I like being in the outskirts. (fringes, outskirts–I must be over thinking the textile connection)
I don’t feel the need to do another book right away and will continue to explore new subject matter, experiment with materials and above all, play with a needle and thread!
My local book store, Eight Cousins, has autographed copies of Pocketful of Posies for sale. They can be reached the old-fashioned way, at (508) 548-5548. They’ll also be selling books on Sunday, July 10th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Woods Hole Public Library reception for “Posies”. I’ll bring some original illustrations to be displayed during the event. With this new award, there’s lots to celebrate!