Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe

Thames and Hudson, 2016

The Banjara, as an ethnic group, were the site of conflict between colonial and tribal powers during the reign of the British Raj in India. Medieval merchants operating on a grand scale, the Banjara controlled most inland transport routes through the deployment of pack trains of up to one-hundred thousand laden oxen. Construction of railways and paved roads ended Banjara autonomy and the group were criminalized by the British in 1871. The Indian subcontinent, however, is far from homogenous and many Banjara maintain their distinct identity.

For the Banjara, embroidery is inscribed within a set of oppositions: the communal and the individual, the historic and the contemporary, the traditional and the modern. Materials, motifs, colours, and execution are combined to create utilitarian artifacts that have both talismanic and auspicious powers: works are made to act as highly visible displays of skill and belonging.

Portraits: Found and Taken

Eidetic Editions, 2014

In 2014, Portraits Found and Taken was awarded second in the PX3 Paris Photo Prize.

Over 75 portraits of artists, musicians, writers, and others. The book includes a collection of found photographs and two works of fiction: "with men of progress", and "women of vision" appearing for the first time in print. An introduction explores the link between three types of portraits: found, taken, and written. Preface by noted Vancouver writer, publisher and photographer Stephen Osborne.

This is a small-run, duo-tone print edition. The first 100 copies are numbered and signed by the artist [numbered copies are sold out].

Notes Toward Absolute Zero

Eastgate, 1994


Published in the days when the term "hypertext" was largely unknown, this electronic fiction centres on a frozen train, the Franklin expedition, and the Canadian landscape. Available from Eastgate. 

Writing on TEXTILES

V&A Magazine #38 Autumn/Winter 2015. Feature on The Fabric of India (block-printing in three communities).

Surface Design Vol 39 #3 Summer/Fall 2015. The Hidden Lives of Textiles.

MARG Magazine Vol 65 #2 December 2013. Photo essay on the Maiwa Masterclass.

Hand/Eye #6 2011. Dream Red (lac dye).

Wild Fibers Vol 7 #2 Summer 2010. Sabahar (silk textiles in Ethiopia).

Wild Fibers Vol 6 #3 Fall 2009. Dying for Gold (muga silk in Assam).

Image on Paper

A collection of essays, book reviews, and photographic criticism.

Ampersand & Company

Given over to the beauty of the fragments: artist books, journal excerpts, comments on portrait sessions, and more experimental works.