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From the Directors                                           The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

                                                                                    September 8, 2018 –
     We’ve been working together for                                                March 24, 2019
     over forty years.  We’ve shared                                                Eric Carle’s tale of a caterpillar’s
     studios, offices, garden design, house                                         transformation into a butterfly is one
                                                                                    of the most iconic children’s books of
     renovations and nearly every part of                                           all time. Learn about its history, view
     our lives together. That’s why this issue’s                                    the original collages, and celebrate its
                                                                                    golden anniversary with special
     focus on “Four Hands in the Studio”                                            activities for all ages.
     resonates so strongly with us. Many                         This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the
                                                                 Hsin-Yi Foundation, with additional support from Penguin Young Readers.
     of the booths you visit at Paradise City                    Illustration  ™  & © 2018 Eric Carle LLC. All rights reserved.
     are collaborative efforts. Usually each                           125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA      413.559.6300
     partner (and they are often married                               
     partners) brings a particular vision and skill to a combined body of
     work, and their collaboration makes the work that much stronger.
     That creative conversation often takes them places that they couldn’t
     reach on their own.
     An artistic partnership (which is also a business relationship) can
     take many forms. Sometimes the artists combine all of their talents to
     work on everything together. Or they may share a studio, tools and
     materials but each follows his or her own muse, only collaborating
     on certain projects or commissions along the way. One of our
     first experiences as creative partners was our handmade handbag
     business. Geoffrey designed the patterns and cut and stitched
     the handbags, bringing his aptitude for geometry, architectural
     construction and handwork into the equation. Linda, whose
     background is in fine art, quilted and appliqued the fronts of the
     bags, drawing elaborate figures freehand with a sewing machine.
     Neither of us could have produced this very successful line of work
     by ourselves, and every piece was a collaborative effort.

     The two couples in “Four Hands in the Studio” are quite different
     from each other. Adam and Sarah Spector met in college, married
     and began sharing a studio after graduation. On the other hand,
     Frances Kite lived in Kansas and Aaron Mascai in Chicago. They
     participated in many of the same craft shows around the country
     for 30 years, but it wasn’t until they met up again at Paradise City
     in 2011 that they fell in love, married and set up a studio together.
     You’ll see that each couple shares a booth, and you’ll see examples
     of work that are both individual and the result of working together.

     Friends and family often exclaim, “How can you live together and
     work together, too?” We’ve done it our whole lives. We think it not
     only makes whatever we create better, whether it’s a handmade
     object or the Paradise City Arts Festivals, but it also deepens our
     relationship in indescribable ways.
     See you around the shows!

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