Jun 12 2013

Alphabet of the Other Childhood – A Darkly Humorous Art Book

Alphabet of the Other Childhood – A Darkly Humorous Art Book
by Carrie Drzik

Click here to see more about Carrie Drzik’s Kickstarter Project

Forget apples and zebras! Alphabet of the Other Childhood explores the dark, complicated, and often hilarious side of our early years.

The Idea:

Alphabet of the Other Childhood is an art book I have had in mind for a long time.

It takes a familiar token from childhood, the alphabet book, and uses it to explore the messier aspects of our early years.

Click here to see more about Carrie Drzik’s Kickstarter Project

Childhood is a well I return to again and again in my creative life. I work with children and find early development fascinating. Kids are brand new people trying to absorb and make sense of the world around them. I feel very lucky to get to watch this happening on a daily basis.

I’m also interested in the ways in which we remember our own childhoods. Memory is an imperfect record expanded or constricted by the various emotions attached to it.

Our cultural ideas of childhood are very idyllic, but when I remember my own, it is the visceral emotions that come to me; the sadness and curiosity of seeing the vacant eye of a dead bird, the thrill of stealing something and the shame that followed it, or just the loneliness of playing alone with dolls.

Those images are far from idyllic, but to me that makes them more beautiful and felt.
Click here to see more about Carrie Drzik’s Kickstarter Project

This project is a chance to explore and express my feelings surrounding the subject.

The Plan:

If I get my funding I will be working on this project full time for the whole of July.

The images here on this page represent my test drawings which were done at the conception of the idea. They are here to give you the shape of the idea. My style has evolved in the time since they were made, and so I will be starting from scratch with all new drawings.

Right now the goal is to complete it and create a tangible finished project. I plan to self publish the book through lulu.com in August, but, I will definitely also be looking into traditional publishing possibilities when all aspects of this project are completed.

Deadlines on reward production and delivery are built into the individual write ups. I plan to have all rewards fulfilled by October 1, 2013 at the latest.


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