About this project
Washington's South Puget Sound is a special place, with over a million people and 3,000 square miles of stunning natural beauty, a thriving arts scene, unique shops and restaurants - and no guide book of our own.
With your help we'll change that.
The three of us - Chris Sharp, Sean Alexander and Ken Miller - are planning the first guide dedicated to the South Sound; we think it may be the most artful guidebook anywhere.
All the illustrations will be original black and white pen-and-ink by Sean; and Chris is doing the layout and design in "craftsman" spirit, breaking down the boundary between form and function, stripping away the superficial. That authenticity makes our region precious to us; it's a trait we aim to convey in the book.
The guide will be organized by location, much like Saul Wurman's ground-breaking Access series. Pick a spot and you'll find the best built and natural features, a bit of history, suggestions for a drink or a bike ride.
We're recruiting dozens of writers to describe the places they know and love so readers have the benefit of all those perspectives. And our editorial board will ensure a consistent voice through it all.
Plus we'll feature lists of favorites from South Sound notables: best birding sites; favorite bookstores; coolest places to perform and hear live music.
You can see video of Sean and Chris talking about their art on our web site, where we'll also post new drawings as they're completed. Please follow us on Twitter to keep up to the minute, and if you become a sponsor you'll receive Kickstarter updates as well.
We hope you'll join us in creating this special book, for a special part of the world. Thanks.
P.S. We want to say "thanks" for help with the video: Tacoma's Mad Hat Tea Company; Tobin Ropes and Joseph Taylor for videography; Peter Serko for many photos; Flickr Creative Commons photos from Ingrid Taylar, kelp, Zach Hodgson, Debs, Scott Hingst, Russell Bernice, Catherine Bennett, Rick Donohue, Gareth Williams, rajkumar1220 and Erik Bjornson; and Beth Tallman, Heart&Soul Artist Management. Thanks!
first, thank you for not asking about the missing apostrophe after Users. probably fell out of the truck, but we're don't like to talk about it.
for us, the special part of the South Sound is authenticity, the "what you see is what you get" nature of the place. and we think the best way to experience the South Sound is to be in it, be part of it...in other words, use it. not exploit it or be careless, but give it part of ourselves and take from it too.
aargh! now we're somewhere between metaphysics and the SyFy channel. sorry; won't happen again.
the Guide will be entirely illustrated with these new drawings by Sean Alexander, and we're creating a limited edition book of just the drawings. they're pen and ink, 6" by 6". Sean has a VERY large collection of pens, including those he categorizes as "dead" and "near dead." zombie pens, sort of. some of the drawings take as long as ten hours to complete because every dot of ink is done by hand. Sean's in Brooklyn right now, doing art and hunting old chairs in New England, but he says he'll come home in the Spring. maybe when the zombie pens awaken.
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