The way I’ve worked for the past few years is during the spring I get an idea for a project and start working on it here and there as I can. Then over the summer when I no longer have such a rigid schedule I work on it tirelessly and really let it become something.
This year the project that I’m excited about working on is a coloring book. I started in 2016 when, on a spring break trip to London, I went to have drinks at the Savoy and saw beautiful black and white photos of starlets from the 30s and 40s. At the time I thought about how well my (swing dance) community would connect with a coloring book of these stars but since it didn’t really have a greater concept to it I didn’t pursue it (but did take a note on it to keep thinking about it). Almost a year later I began to think about the coloring book. In particular about how I wouldn’t want to include some of the entitled, rapey men from that time in a coloring book next to the women who suffered through their misogyny. Then I thought about how difficult it must have been to be a successful women at that time and how we glorify that “golden age” without taking into consideration some of the more sinister aspects of that time. I was talking to my husband about this and he suggested the title “Golden Rage” for my coloring book about these women and suddenly I found myself immersed in a new project.