Reading: Things on the Shoreline Illustrated Storybook Launch with Reading by the Author, Cindy Mochizuki
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, at Collage Collage
Reading at 3:00 PM.
Things on the Shoreline, the illustrated storybook, is the culmination of a collaborative project initiated by Access Gallery, visual artist Cindy Mochizuki, and the students of Lord Strathcona Elementary School and the Vancouver Japanese Language School. Working with a drawing process that began with the visualization of a barren seashore—the empty page—and using the simple materials of ink, salt, and imagination, the classroom workshops brought forth a raucous population of whimsical inky creaturely things. The results of these workshops were exhibited at Access Gallery between February 12 and April 16, 2016. We are now delighted to launch a limited-edition, hard-bound children’s storybook, written and illustrated by Mochizuki, which draws its inspiration from these student-led workshops. The story’s plot line follows the metaphor of the drawing process, showing how—with a little patience—an empty shoreline holds the potential for all kinds of unexpected Things to spring forth. Each storybook also contains the limited edition poster, An Index of Things, designed by Mochizuki to uniquely catalogue the creatures created by the students who took part in the exhibition at Access.
We are delighted that this book launch will be held at Collage Collage, a place that strives to uphold the tremendous creative abilities that children have, in surroundings that adults find equally stimulating. Cindy Mochizuki will read the book for small and bigger listeners, some goodies will be served, and children will have an opportunity to make their own inky Things! Copies of the book will be available for purchase.