Kinship Circle Project
Readers and their folios
Portraits and Poems on Kinship Circle
In 2008, a MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship helped CB Sherlock and me to take our work out into the streets. With the fabulous assistance of Anna Boyer and Jennifer Sanford we hand-printed nearly 5,000 folios that contained portraits and poems on kinship circle, improvisation, city living, a sense of “we.”
Then, during three glorious weeks in September, we dispersed these keepsakes in “take-out boxes” and by hand at farmers’ markets, on light rail and bus stops, outside the Dorothy Day Center, and at other urban locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our aim: to share something beautiful for free.
This project, more than any other, influences my relationship with an audience.
Here is one of the poems from our prints:
. . . So here are my instructions: Eyes,
And you, my heart, you have a lifelong task
demands to be let in. You are only
— Ilze Klavina Mueller
CB Sherlock (with the red apron) and me on the “blue press” at Minnesota Center for Book Arts