To get the ball rolling, we asked a few of our members to stand up on our collective soapbox and share their thoughts on the project–their expectations, ambitions, hopes for the future–and to give voice to Boneshaker Press. Across the board, their insights have been fantastic. Without further ado, allow me to introduce some of the team:
Carolyn: My expectations are that this project will result in a beautiful and inspiring art book. Coming from so many different backgrounds and perspectives, I imagine this book becoming a thoughtful and diverse exploration of the magical and mythical. And I suspect the result might even end up informing more broadly what the concepts of magic and myth mean to us all as artists and as people. In bringing this anthology into the world, I’m hoping audiences will find resonance and inspiration in the work, and that it will invite people to reflect on the role of magical narratives and myth in their own lives.
Matt: All my life, I have always wanted to work alongside the best professional artists who are also positive and know how to clown around. I finally found that with the making of this book. I got the great opportunity to work with most of the artists involved long before it was even conceived. I have to say, I feel honored. With that being said, I know this opportunity will only give me more confidence to strive for more. Not that I want more, but I want to do more. The goal is to gain more work and my hopes are to remain diligent.
David: For me, the goal of this project is to learn everything there is to know about producing an independent book while exercising the skills needed to run such a large team efficiently, and more importantly, happily. In my eyes Boneshaker Press isn’t about making books. The books are just an excuse, the trick we use today to convince ourselves to do the scary thing tomorrow. Boneshaker is, for me, the nudge. The last push needed to convince me to leap, confident because I’ve got friends on either side brave enough to leap with me.
Kira: The physical book (or the electronic copy) is going to be a joy to read and flip through, as a product of beautiful art and careful design. This will be a great learning experience for everyone involved and, I think, a powerful motivator for future projects. I really hope to connect more closely with the artists in this group and collaborate again in the future.
Magali: Not the optimistic dreamer here. I never thought about the future of the company before David explicitly asked the question. I was completely focused on the immediate end goal—my nose on what needs to be done today. When I hear the others mentioning all these possible directions, like making it a yearly thing, helping other artists through their projects, well… having this perspective helps resize the mountain we are trying to climb into a hill, in the great scheme of things. I am thankful for this group and once again feel I have room to breathe.
Evan: My want is for Boneshaker to contribute positively to the artistic community, especially for up-and-coming artists. There’s a dramatic misperception about art-making, and the discussion about the viability of art or the distinction between being an artist and what many believe to be the artist lifestyle is dangerously skewed. The most important thing Boneshaker could do, now or in the future, is convince one person they’re not alone, that these struggles aren’t insurmountable, that everyone telling them “no” has no idea what they’re talking about. We’re entering a brave new world of art-making as a generation. Boneshaker needs to leave it a little better than we found it.
Jeszika: The main thing I hope to gain is knowledge. There are so many different skill sets here that everyone seems to keep coming forward with specialties that amaze me! Just watching the process has taught me so much already – and we are just getting started. I am also hoping to gain a lasting network – that BoneShaker Press will continue to flourish and even grow, and all of us will continue to use this network to create great work.
Garrett: I want to talk to the person who’s sitting at home reading this. You’ve put your dreams on hold, maybe because you thought they were out of your reach. You work at a job you hate not because the money at least allows you to be comfortable, but because you’re afraid of trying and failing, that they just won’t like you. You don’t think you’re anything special. You tell yourself “Success is for other people.”
What I want to say to that person is this:
Every single person on this project felt that way at some point. What changed was that we found each other.