Wordless comic

The comic below is in the Wordless Wednesday spirit, but I felt compelled to add just a few words. With 2017 just 4 days old, I’m finding myself at an odd loss for resolutions – there are, of course, a few things I’d like to do and some dreams on the horizon, but I’m very struck, this year, by an odd sense of familiarity in place of the New Year feeling of rupture and newness.

I’m coming to realize that the past few months of cultivating a craft practice – while a new adventure – has felt more like a long-overdue homecoming. By homecoming, I mean rediscovering a space of comfort, belonging, care, renewal, flourishing, and kinship. I don’t think of this kind of home as a perfect or uncomplicated place, but as the place  I choose to dwell in and come back to; it’s not only where life unfolds and is lived, but where I feel most able to make a livable life. In these ways, the decision to start cultivating creativity again has felt like a slow, months-long process of making a travelling nest for myself – a home on-the-go that isn’t limited by the vagaries of place, chance, and circumstance.

In this vein, here’s a graphic love-letter to the place where I actually grew up – East York, a borough of Toronto. It includes some of my favourite/familiar haunts from back in the day.

To finding (and making) (and making pictures of) home.

east-york

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14 thoughts on “Wordless comic

  1. just lovely. My husband reads graphic novels and my wonderful professor and mentor at PSU started up a graphic medicine group, so my exposure is often through those two routes. I love your representation of East NY. More, please 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Graphic medicine sounds like a really interesting way of telling stories, and very neat to hear that your weaving husband is also a reader of graphic novels! It’s a really interesting and versatile medium, I think (how interesting would it be to see graphic work on knitters, spinners, and dyers?!). Thanks for your kind words, and looking forward to more news.

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