Part of me wishes I had written this post right after the march before the news of this week thundered over me. Another part says no, we need to keep going back to that day, to hold tight all the good in our hearts and continue to reach out and join together.
The little book received more positive response than anything I have ever shared. The link to the pdf to print and share was visited 353 times. I shared it on social media and on the Book Arts List which continues to be an incredible resource to the book arts community. I heard from people around the US and the world who made books to share. Marches included Sarasota, FL, Walla Walla, WA, Santa Rosa, CA, Lexington, KY, Denver, CO, NYC, Gustavus, AK, and Portugal. Books were brought to DC from Philadelphia, PA, Madison, WI, Middletown, CT, Cincinnati, OH, and Louisville, KY. And I'm sure many more. I shared them with Boston march attendees who rode the buses chartered by the Newburyport YWCA.
The project started when I helped my friend Anne with her sign for the DC March. I felt that I should bring something to Boston. The thought of lugging a sign, no matter how lightweight or simple, to the march left me cold. The obvious solution was a little book which could also be shared. I wore a copy of mine as a necklace.
When I thought about it after, I realized that the design decisions also made it a better book to share. The fact that the printing was 4 up invited printing more copies. The fact that there were only 2 folds to make made the books faster to make, again making it easier to share more copies. And the small size made them easier to bring to distribute and easier for the recipients to tuck in their pockets. Just as the march was about working together rather than alone, the design process works best when we collaborate with the materials and the content.