Laying New Track
These past few months I have found myself fully immersed in the events—support and promotion—of the sport of hockey. And yes, I am aware that I just said “hockey”.
As many of you know and some may have shared in—my life in Europe revolved almost entirely around fashion, art and books … Oh what beautiful books!
So it might seem strange that here in Calgary my day-to-day concern has been with hockey, the players, their fundraising initiatives and the endless charitable community events that go hand-in-hand with professional sport.
To be fair, Calgary has a lot more to offer than its loyalty to- and passion for the sport of ice hockey. They do have a small yet flourishing art scene as well as an emerging fashion scene in and around the city and as I explore these further I will share in greater detail what the Canadian West has to offer in terms of art and culture.
And although what I began with Ahrens Editions was briefly derailed—the result of a hockey-induced sabbatical—I am back and right on track.
With a new book project in the works I hope to discover more of what Canada and Canadian artists have to offer. One project currently on the table is a developing photographic monograph by artist, Angela Fama. As Angela continues to intimately capture the work- and living spaces of Canadian shipyards we will work together with writers to interweave Angela’s visual storytelling with the projects rich historical narrative.
And while hockey may be the cause of my brief derailment, what this sabbatical has led me to realize, is that more than just publishing and producing I desire to be involved in the cohesive collaboration of a book project from its initial conception to the final stages of printing and on-press.
It was the creative aspect that drew me to publishing photography books—therein lies my passion and the future of Ahrens Editions.