This post concludes my sesquicentennial project
– a list of 150 people, places, and things worth celebrating about Canada –
that I began on 01 July 2016 with a guy named Kent Avery,
who stacks rocks in impossible ways beside the Stanley Park seawall.
Barbara Carlson is many things (including the source of much of the art in our home, and a faithful commenter on this site):
- American by birth, Canadian by choice
- Art quilter from the 1970s and 1980s
- Monoprinter (acrylic paintings) from the 1990s
- Creator of digital collages using scanned images of found objects (more than 3,300 currently in the catalogue)
- Author of a two-volume set on Nebraska
- Author of a 448-page opus on pocket lint
I’m sorry. Did you say, “pocket lint”?
“We carry it around with us all the days of our lives. With every move we make, we create it. With this book, pocket lint has been shown to be not beyond comment and its place in conceptual and performance art assured. With witty and diverse illustrations, artist Barbara Carlson sharpens our appreciation of lint’s origins, its surprising uses, and – when captured by a Scanning Electron Microscope – its intricate beauty.” – From the cover, quoted on listing on Abe Books for The Pocket Lint Chronicles
“Park lark, part caper, part research, part autobiography, part social commentary, all journal, THE POCKET LINT CHRONICLES gives us a meditation on what the fluff in our pockets means to us and what happens when we look at it. What emerges from this book is far, far more than pocket lint.” – Detritus Digest
“If you reed know other book this year — you won’t reed this one eether, at leest from cuvver to cuvver. But do yourself a fayver. Open THE POCKET LINT CHRONICLES ennywhere and graze. Bits of it are EXCEL-lint.” – elitterassy tooday
– From the cover, quoted on a listing on Google Books for The Pocket Lint Chronicles
She supports herself as an artist and has for decades, and does so with style, grace, and whimsy. That’s why I conclude this list with Barbara: she’s worthy of inclusion on her own, of course, but she also stands for all the other unsung Canadian national treasures out there, doing what they love and making both a living at it and a life out of it.
All artwork shown here courtesy of the artist.
Join me on Canada Day for a recap of sorts.