Martha Dinsdale, of Rolla, author of “Go Away, Winter!” presented her children’s picture book at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Sorosis Club at the Heard Memorial Clubhouse. The book is a book for all ages. It presents a positive way of stating the negative: “That was fun, but now we’re done! Go away, winter!”
Dinsdale explained she loves winter and everything about it from snowmen to sweaters, but this story was originally written at the end of a long winter in 2008. A couple of years later, she decided to implement the images from the verses in paper snowflakes. Using strong yet thin, folded paper, detail scissors and a straight-craft knife, she hand-cut these original designs.
Each one took about three hours to create. Then Dinsdale made a second handmade snowflake of each design, cut it up to make the paper flake “go away” and then photographed the “melted” flake. The flakes in the background and on the bottom of the pages are also handmade flakes that were created, photographed and “layered” into the original image.
The end result is a feel-good book that helps readers to express their many emotions about winter, even the bad ones, in a positive way. After the program she hosted a book signing with the members of the club.
LINK, a new organization that is beginning at the Heard House, has chosen Dinsdale’s book to present at the Holiday Beauty Bazaar and Soiree from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hotel Bothwell, 104 E. Fourth St. Dinsdale will give a presentation and will have her books for purchase and to have autographed. Along with the books, she will have free snowflake patterns along with the basic instructions of how to make them. Dinsdale said she is working on additional books for each of the seasons.
Tickets for the Holiday Beauty Bazaar and Soiree are $15 and can be purchased at the Hotel Bothwell before and at the event on Sunday.
Release courtesy of Sorosis Club