Thank you once again for your patience in awaiting the completion of my book. Now I have something fun to offer you. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy people-watching wherever I go. It is fun to watch people go about their lives whether they are creating art, walking through an airport, or standing proudly with a rya rug they have created.
As they say, inquiring minds want to know.
Over the years, many of you have sent me photos of your completed ryas. Now I am asking you (and even those I have not met yet) to send me a picture of YOU holding your handmade rya, standing in front of it, sitting on it or laying on it, but I want to see your face! I don’t care if it is a kit, or your own design, or made by your grandparents. I am inviting YOU to submit a photo of yourself with your favorite rya for possible inclusion into the book in a random photo spread.
Our demographics are very diverse, our faces are beautiful and happy, and the ryas colorful and creative. Wouldn’t that be a page-spread you would enjoy seeing in the book? And all the more fun if you are among the many faces of rya in this unique book?
OK, even if you have sent me photos in months or years past, please resend or take another shot or two. My book producer will use the photos that have high enough resolution to be clear, and fit well into the double-page spread. They can be square or rectangular.
We will probably reduce them to 2″ x 2″ or 2″ x 4″, but send fairly large clear digital images. We will probably caption with your first name and the state, province, or country you are from. If you tell us a tad more, we might be able to add a note about if it is your 1st or 10th rya. We will need to have a Release Form signed which we ask you to send along with the photo (which basically says you give your permission for us to use your photo for this book and book-related press.)
Click on the link below for the Release Form. It is a PDF. You can print, sign, and scan to send back, or sign and take a digital photo to send with your picture, or snail mail if that is easier. Click here for form: Release Form for Rya Book Inclusion
You get the idea. I don’t care when you did it, I don’t care where you got the supplies. I am looking for clear pictures that show your happy face with your rya (you don’t have to show the whole rya if it is big. Just sit on it, or lay on it and have a photographer friend shoot you with your face in clear view. For best light, shoot outside on a cloudy day so the shadows are soft, but many of these indoor shots are fine!
Send a couple of photos and we can choose the best for the book. If you are thinking, “Oh, she probably doesn’t want my little rya,” Yes, I do! Big, small, simple, complicated, almost done, or done years ago… If in doubt, just send the photo and release form. If we can use it, we will. Please don’t make me beg! Feel free to ask questions.
Please have your photos and release form to us by May 15, 2016. Thank you!!