The Write A House project featured in the New York Times.


The Write A House project featured in the New York Times.

A couple of months back a good friend of mine, Toby Barlow, approached me about creating a limited edition poster for his Write A House project here in Detroit. This exciting project is based on the idea of taking the abandonment and blight in Detroit and turning it around by rebuilding neighborhoods. The article in the New York Times states that starting in April, a prestigious panel of writers and poets will review applications from literary authors, poets and journalists; winners will receive free houses.

The article further explains that writers will need to live in the renovated structures two years, pay modest fees ($500 monthly) for insurance and taxes, make low-cost interior improvements and participate in Write A House’s blog and literary readings.

I wanted to use this opportunity to further my exploration in wood carving, something that I don’t get as much of a chance to work in due to quick deadlines I have as an illustrator. I have posted here and in the Work section of my site the process shots of the carving process as well as the proof, or first print from the block. I wanted to make this a special artifact in both the wood carved printing block as well as the poster to be printed from the block.

I am honored that Toby asked me to participate in this worthwhile project, and I am excited to hear of who will be awarded these homes. I can't wait to see what great things they bring to my city.

If you are wondering how you can contribute to the Write A House project, please visit their site for more information.

This is one of the first proofs, or test prints of the final piece.

This is one of the first proofs, or test prints of the final piece.


Close up of the carved block.

Close up of the carved block.