Know your ABCs

image_2 So there is the old one, S is for Salmon, which has been out a little while now and is up for a Washington state book award this weekend. Cross your fingers that I win, or at least get to meet Tom Robbins, who is a finalist for his new memoir. Come join the fun, its open free to the public, at the stunning Seattle Central Library, Oct 10th at 7pm.

Then there is the new one! Presenting B is for Bear, on shelves Oct. 13th wherever books are sold.  It is the same format and tuck-in-your-bag-ability as its predecessor, but with all new colors and characters. When I was first approached about this project, I said “awwww, no way, i dont think I do series” But they said, “we want you to make an alphabet that can be for everyone, not just those Northwesterners”. So I said YES and I look forward to seeing it ramble its way to the edges of our broad nation and beyond. In the book I try to mix a little bit of science, a little bit of silly, and a few of the things that most captured my imagination when I was a kid.

Give this new one a look, and maybe turn your sister-in-law in Des Moines onto it too. Ill be doing a little contest on instagram (i’m @hannahviano) later this month to see just where Bear shows up. If you happen to be in the media world and want a review copy let me know, and if you are wishing that I would come spread out my bits of black paper and jars of things like bear scat at your fave indie bookstore, also let me know. The list of book events is just solidifying but will be posted as things settle in.

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the curators


“He is a hoarder and I am a purger, so together… we curate,” she told me as I ooed and ahhed around their apartment.  I was truly flattered and very nervous to think that a piece of mine was soon to fit into this collection of things. The last couple commissions ive done from phone calls and email, and in the end at delivery, gotten my only glimpse of the lives that my art would become a part of.







Now having met the prized thirty year old algae on the windowsill and seen the view that inspired this whole project, I was working with a lot more impressions. For better or worse.







I sent out sketches, and proofs and despite  attacks of spring fever on both ends the piece was completed and ready to deliver (the most scary moment of all despite approvals at all stages).

There was happiness, even hugging. But the best piece for me was some praise of the process, and appreciation for a chance to see inside my notebooks and my story, while sharing theirs with me.  She told me I should be emphasizing the “experience”.

So here are some of the pieces of this puzzle.


Also for more great voyeurism  check out the 2011 Sketchbook Project as it stops here in Seattle on its world tour.   10,000 moleskine folios From fine art to first graders and everything in between, including me.   June 10,11,12    At Form/Space Atelier 12pm-4.