I noticed a tweet from a classroom in Colorado.
I'm incredibly busy these days with a pile of projects, but I enjoy little distractions to help my brain stay engaged and inspired. Writing Haiku is fun, so I was eager to dive in and get started, but I noticed that the Sixth Avenue Elementary students had directed the request to Sharon Creech as well.
The idea of a collaboration popped into my head.
I messaged Sharon Creech, who happens to be one of my favorite authors and, I am lucky to say, a friend. I asked Sharon if she'd like to start a haiku for me and I would do the same for her. We'd take turns writing the next line--and I would illustrate the results.
So... I sent the first line to Sharon.
"Please, dear, sit with me."
She added the next line, sending it back to me to finish it up.
Here is our first haikullaboration:
Sharon then sent me a line: Glass bottle of ink."
I closed my eyes and imagined a bottle of ink--a familiar item to me. I saw it in my studio--ready and able when the time was just right. I added my line and sent back for Sharon to add that lovely last line to make our second haikullaboration.
On Monday March 2, 2015 at 11am EST, we tweeted our illustrated poems out to our friends at Sixth Avenue Elementary School.
On another haiku note, I illustrated a book with Bob Raczka called "GuyKu" (Haiku for Guys) and we developed a fun site to explore this whimsical form of poetry.
I hope this post inspires your own creative collaborations!