Friday, 31 July 2015

Please burn this book!?


Years ago I was wandering up the main street of Gore Bay when I was stopped by one of my IT clients. She told me about how she had been searching illicit torrent websites and discovered a copy of "my book" and then seemed a little surprised when I greeted the news with a grin.

"Aren't you upset?" she asked.

"Not in the least!" I replied, smiling secretly on the inside at my client's naivet├ę in offering unsolicited information about private matters.

She remained incredulous until I explained my take on the circumstance, "It thrills me to know that one of my creations is considered worth sharing - in today's world this means that the title has real value - I'm always hoping my content is worth sharing/stealing/copying/pirating or whatever the latest euphemism is."

I then carried on about my town chores.

Later that evening I conduct a little clandestine searching of my own and discovered a single torrent of Chain Mail Jewelry. I never mentioned to my client that I had numerous books and was intensely curious about which one had made the grade.

Of course it was Chain Mail Jewelry - admittedly my most popular title to date.

Today we offer Scrapbook: a story of art as a no-strings-attached free-to-read publication along with links to the hardcover Kickstarter, PDF digital download, Amazon Kindle, GooglePlay - for those who would like to have a memento for helping to keep the story going

But if I ever discovered that the Scrapbook PDF was popular enough to be "stolen" or ended up on a pirate site - well quite frankly I would think that was out of site!

So ya baby, go ahead and try to burn my books!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Scrapbook stories continue to roll in from the blue...

Hello, I was recently gifted your Collage entitled Womens Institute. 

My grandmother bought it from Beckett Gallery in Hamilton in 1986.  

My Mum gave it to me for a couple of reasons - we purchased a house in PEI in 2012 that looks like the house in the collage, and this past summer I joined the WI there, and most recently, I moved to Paris,ON (for the winters) and joined the newly formed New Brant County WI...!  I'd be interested in any additional information you might be able to share about this piece.  Thank You!  R.


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Hi R. - pardon my delay in writing back.

The Womens Institute has always been an important part of the Island community.

The collage is of no specific place, but is based on the classic Manitoulin two-storey homestead. Because the door on the second floor had no balcony the house was considered unfinished and therefore was not taxable

The ladies here are waist high in the snow, but when I was young I was told that the snow was so high they needed a second door to get in and out of the building - to my mind this was questionable. 

Thanks again for your interest - If you would like to know more about the history of my paper collages I recently launched a free-to-read memoir located at - http://scrapbook.whytesonline.com 

May we have your permission to repost (anonymously) your photo of this collage and story as part of the Kickstarter campaign for the hardcover edition?

Regards,

Jack

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Thank you and certainly.   Are you located anywhere near the School House restaurant on the Island?   A former co-worker of mine owns it with her husband.

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Thank you R!

I am actually in Gore Bay, about 30 minutes north of the School House, where my son and daughter-in-law manage our gallery and shop - Whytes - on the second floor of the Gore Bay Harbour Centre.

Heralding Geekness?


When I was a kid I thrived on pop-culture icons. Like some kind of junkie I would save my sheckles each week just so that I could get my comic book fix. Then something strange happened - one day I was just sort of overcome by ennui and the realization that every story I encountered was the same - basically bubblegum (or better soap opera) for the mind. And while this feeling didn't kill my enthusiasm for the old heroes - it certainly alit my passion for original storytelling.

Just one of the reasons why I love Scrapbook: a story of art -  not just because it's 100% authentic - it's also 100% original. Trust me when I say you've never read and will very likely never experience a more unique and compelling story - plus its free!

What more could you ask for?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Scrapbook: a story of art is breaking down barriers?


The word "check" here is used in the sense of "have a look at" or "check out" and not the paper personal paper method of financial remuneration - which in Canada is spelled "cheque."

On every level this is meant to be an inside joke - especially if you have studied Scrapbook: a story of art closely enough to have noticed the evolution of artist Jack Whyte's signature - there may also be a sub joke related to Nike's Winged Spirit of Freedom - but I doubt it.



Monday, 27 July 2015

Think about it - how often do you experience an artist's unadulterated story in their own words and images?


In the past independent content creators have faced a plethora of unnatural barriers and restrictions - however in the last few years crowd-funding platforms have literally re-written the ability of artists to present authentic and original stories. Scrapbook: a story of art is perfect example of artwork that simply wouldn't have existed under any other circumstance.

(And here I thought Cool Hand Luke was the story of a boy with a bionic hand learning how to put his saber down...)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Friday, 24 July 2015

What's bigger than a full-blown Kamehameha Wave?


Back with a vengeance bigger and better than ever it's Scrapbook: a story of art on Kickstarter! Can't say that we were really sad to abandon Rockethub. Especially after being plagued by unresolved technical issues - it's hard to believe that there's a crowdfunding platform that doesn't make customer service number one.

We've also listened to your feedback and trimmed our campaign to a simple hardcover pre-order!

 Can you think of anything else that would improve your Scrapbook experience? Let us know below!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The story continues to unfold...

...continued from "I would like to share an amazing story with you..."

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Hello Jack,

I have tried a number of times to make a contribution to your project using Rockethub and it is incredibly frustrating as it never lets me get beyond the login page.

As I have told you, I have lived with and loved your paintings for many years and I would really like to make a contribution to your project. Although I am reasonably tech savy, I am quite frustrated with that site and so let's go low tech and use snail mail.

Where can I send my donation?

B.

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Hi B.,

Thank you for your persistence! You are not alone in your frustration - due to this and other unresolved issues we have just relaunched our Scrapbook campaign on Kickstarter.

Contributions can also be made directly to my Chief Financial Officer -

Ashley Whyte

Box 41
Gore Bay, ON
P0P 1H0
Canada

Thanks again,

Jack

Have you ever been to Narnia? How about Oz? Wonderland? Middle-earth? Neverland? Azeroth?



True story - nothing against escaping into fiction and fantasy (I certainly have in my day), but there's something about experiencing an authentic real life adventure that simply cannot be captured by anything less than honest non-fiction memoir such as Scrapbook: a story of art.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Call me selfish?


But I'd rather enjoy Scrapbook: a story of art with well-over 400 full-colour pages of unique art and original story than 400 ghastly Kim Kardashian selfies!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

I wished for a great story and all I got was this fantastic Scrapbook!?


It's true - for me it does matter the source - comic, book, TV, movies, video and computer game, etc... I'm always in it for the story! Which is why Scrapbook: a story of art truly blows me away - but don't take my word for it - read Scrapbook for free and see for yourself what the buzz is about!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

When was the last time you were swept off your feet by a story?


I loved Scrapbook: a story of art so much that I literally set aside everything I was working on for the past year in order to focus of this crafting this project with my family - and that was when Scrapbook was just a glimmer in my father's eye!

How hard will you fall for Scrapbook? Only time will tell...

Friday, 17 July 2015

Where The Avengers Failed?


In fact - weighing in at 456 full-colour pages - it took Whytes combined talent pool over a year to handcraft a memoir like none other chronicling artist Jack Whyte's decade spanning career from earliest memory to most recent work in Scrapbook: a story of art - that's something like over 200 years of artistic experience wrapped in a single tome!



Thursday, 16 July 2015

Is artist Jack Whyte the anti-Beltracchi!?

It's hard to be part of the art world and not have at least heard passing mention of one Wolfgang Beltracchi - possibly the most talented - and reviled - art forgers in history.

Truthfully, in artistry this kind of skill is commonplace - many old masters would have apprentices who were trained to create works in the style of their master that were indistinguishable from the original. Even Pablo Picasso believed that it was possible for an artist to channel long dead creative talent by studying the works of other masters.


My father adapted this practice when he started out on the path to becoming a fine artist  - for instance this page from Scrapbook: a story of art with the Man in The Golden Helmet and The Polish Gentlemen - both re-imaginings of old master oil paintings.

However, somewhere along the line Jack Whyte chose to forge his own original styles and tell his own stories - the result? Today Beltracchi is infamous and Jack Whyte perhaps the greatest undiscovered modern master.

I've often wonder what would come of a collaborative meeting between the two? I imagine something much like the charming British movie Frequencies where the meeting of people with opposing vibratrions causes all sorts of interesting anomalies.


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

How I learned to use the Farce and lived to tell the tale?


One day while working on Scrapbook: a story of art I had a sudden realization. It was when we were preparing a PDF for the print edition and many tiny adjustments were necessary and I was struck with the eerie similarity between myself and Luke Skywalker making the final Death Star trench run. At first I attempted to employ "targeting computer" in the form of Photoshop aids such as guidelines to make the necessary adjustments, but finally gave up and decided to trust my instinct errr... the Farce.

The outcome? A nearly flawless print prototype and an understanding of the direct difference between a project that strikes at the heart of the matter and a pair of computer guided proton torpedoes simply impacting on the surface.

What do you think of the final result?

Another wonderful Scrapbook story to share...

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Subject: Jack's Work

Hi Dylon,

Couldn't resist sending you this today! After my mom passed away in 1998 I was lucky enough to get most of her art!

Kept meaning to send you a picture of my wall! This one that your dad did for my mom is pretty special! She treasured and cherished it!

Take care Dylon!

Not sure if you dad would even remember my mom Lynda Cowan from Murphy Point???

Cheers!

Jen Cowan




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Re: Jack's Work

Great to hear from you, Jen!

Thanks so much for the photo! When I showed it to dad this is what he said - "Yes I do remember your mom and dad - your mom really liked the Willett farm - especially the stone silo. The barn was taken down some years ago in a storm - but the silo still remains."

We have actually just launched a free online Scrapbook of dad's art coupled with a crowdfunding campaign to find out if there is interest in a print edition.

Would you consider letting me post your message and photo, anonymously of course? I think other Jack Whyte fans would get a kick out of it!

Take care,

Dylon

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Subject: Jack's Work

Oh Dylon that is so great that your dad remembered my mom. My mom had such an amazing appreciate for art, Canadian art and especially island art and even more so ... your dad's work!!! She did quite a bit of pottery and I think she wished she could have made a career of it!

Please post message and photo my mom would be thrilled. Anonymity is certainly not required.


I myself would love to see a print version and will be sure to support the crowd funding hopefully I will get a chance tonight.

Jennifer

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Would rather have million shares than million dollars?


Today a fan mentioned how much they enjoyed the newspaper article for Scrapbook: a story of art, but wondered how we ever hoped to make any money? First and foremost I responded that money was most certainly not everything  - but in the case of free online products the paradigm has already been trendset by groups like Radiohead with 2007's Rainbows - a free album which in the band's owe words made them more money than everything they had done previously - combined.

Of course Radiohead had a chance to build a following for the content which is exactly what we've done by reaching out with the free online edition of Scrapbook.

First, Second, Third and Fourth - We have 4 different resolutions designed to accommodate every device and connection imaginable - just choose your device - smartphone - tablet - laptop or desktop - Android, Mac and PC - Scrapbook is always free!

Fifth - We have the full resolution PDF digital edtion which is the best overall value in my opinion? Why? Because you get more content than in any other form - including all the dates, details and other little Easter eggs woven into Scrapbook: a story of art. Plus you're directly helping the artists you love create more of the content you crave!

Sixth - For something even more current not take a look at the 1 minute and 1 second flipbook edition of Scrapbook for the modern zero attention span generation?



Seventh - If your appetite for data consumption is even greater then get a load of the Scrapbook Tapestry Poster - featuring all 456 pages laid out in sequential order much like Jack Whyte's Time Pieces. The way we look at it is that if there are over 1000 pictures in our poster and every picture is worth a thousand words than you've just looked at over a million words in a single glance.



Eighth - Last, but most certainly not least is our RocketHub campaign for the print edition of Scrapbook. This is the most exciting venture for me, not only have I been chomping at the bit to run a crowdfunded campaign with my family since before the concept was even invented, but we also have no idea where it could lead. At worst, crowdfunding is a terrific means for artists in our position who are interested in testing interest before investing in production.

Having created many independent and contract projects we are also anxious to tap the potential for unbridled creative freedom that this platform has come to offer as a middle-ground between the two extremes.

Can you think of any other ways you'd like to see Scrapbook: a story of art presented?

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Aaaarrrrrggghhhhhffffkkkrrrrffff!?

I promise that I'm not lying when I type that Scrapbook: a story of art is one of the most amazing and original books that you'll ever read! Plus - it's free!




Friday, 10 July 2015

Here Be Dragons!?


Undoubtedly, Scrapbook: a story of art is one of the most amazing books of history that you will ever come across - set against the backdrop of a nearly unknown island in the great lakes of Canada. Do you agree? There's no excuse when you can read for free!  

Thursday, 9 July 2015

How often do you get to experience an artist's story in their own words and images?

Created to coincide with Dad's show of acrylic paintings last summer at the Gore Bay Harbour Centre - this video still serves as an introduction to the work of a truly amazing creative presence - Read the whole story with Scrapbook: a story of art.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Jack Whyte launches Scrapbook along with new gallery and invites world to visit for free!

“Access to arts and culture should be free for everyone,” says artist Jack Whyte. “Anyone can tour my 2015 exhibits online for free and - from anywhere in the world.” He and his son Dylon Whyte created a virtual gallery this past Spring where artworks are experienced up close and personally, as if literally standing in front of them.

"It's great to produce and present work on a scale of my choice, the way I originally envisioned it," Jack explains. As a young boy he never imagined having the opportunity to design and construct art without restriction. The discovery of a platform which allows for creative freedom has provided a new means for connecting with others.

Jack Whyte was born in 1939 in Toronto, Ontario - just before the start of the second World War. Having been influenced at an early age by a creative environment, he has pursued artistic practices as well as the adventure of invention for more than 55 years.

2015 marks the beginning of a new exploit for Jack, the release of his latest publication, 'Scrapbook: a story of art'. From modelling with Mickey Mouse as a child to showing at the Pollock Gallery and even winning awards for videos, this book recounts the journey and challenges faced by a becoming artist and the enormous adversity that life can throw at you.

In the autumn of 2014, Jack mentioned to his son, Dylon, that he was starting a book and could use some help with it. Over the course of a long winter and many toasty afternoons by the fire, they searched for, found, prepared and put together what has become a very personal and thoughtful one-of-a-kind memoir.

"It's not until you have the whole story that you really understand how the pieces all fit together," says Dylon Whyte. "It's also difficult to put everything into perspective when you're part of the story. Getting to the point where I can hold a part history in my hands helps me understand where I come from."

When Jack and Dylon started producing the book, it was just a collection of stories and images, but with months of collaboration and hard work, they have created an album that is delightfully personable and genuinely familiar.

"Jack tells you about the experiences that influenced him as an artist and includes all sorts of fun stories from his life," says Ashley Whyte, wife of Dylon and proprietor of the Whytes gallery on the waterfront in the Gore Bay Harbour Centre. "There is also an abundance of never-before-seen photographs and a wealth of artwork. When Jack named it Scrapbook, he really meant it."

Coming in at a whole 456 pages, Scrapbook was digitally published in June of this year and is available online for everyone to read for free. Although it was only meant to be a digital publication, new economic platforms have given Scrapbook the opportunity to become something more than just a concept.

"The book is obviously quite big and financing a print run on our own wouldn't be viable, so we talked about other options and crowdfunding came up as a potential," explains Ms. Whyte. "It's an incredibly different approach than anything Jack is familiar with, he has always done things on his own. It wasn't until only recently that we knew something like this even existed."

Crowdfunding is the process of funding your projects through small contributions made by many individuals in order to attain a certain monetary goal, typically via the internet. The model that has been around the longest is rewards-based crowdfunding, where people can donate and receive goods in recognition of their support.

Ashley and Dylon Whyte have taken Scrapbook to Rockethub; a platform specializing in arts and entertainment, to seek help in bringing Jack's story to life. They've launched their campaign and are working to raise $11,500 to cover the costs of printing a limited edition hardcover. In the meantime, Scrapbook remains free for everyone to read online and enjoy.

For more information about Scrapbook and how you can help, please visit their Rockethub campaign at: scrapbook.whytesonline.com


Sunday, 5 July 2015

I would like to share an amazing story with you...

Recently, after nearly a year of preparation, we finally launched our crowdfunding project the hardcover edition of Dad's Scrapbook. Amongst all the required pre-launched tasks was an update of his oldest virtual gallery - a sub-section of my Art of Chainmail website dating back to 1998.

The plan was simply enough - clean the navigation - put up fresh links to his current virtual shows and update a now defunct email address.

Little did I know that this clean-up would spawn a series of email communications between my father and a collector - with her permission I have shared this extraordinary conversation below as new friends are made and old friends reunited.

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Subject: Searching for Jack Whyte

Dear Jack,

I visited your virtual gallery recently and am intrigued by your work. I recently acquired a sketch done by Jack Pollock in the 50's (sadly from the estate of a friend) and it started me thinking about a few paintings that my husband and I bought in Montreal in the late 60's or early 70's. The connection is that they are labelled as coming from the gallery of Jack Pollock and are signed by Jack Whyte. Two paintings are of generals and one is of a mineshaft in Ontario. I have lived with these paintings for almost 45 years and they are old friends who enrich my life daily. Unfortunately I know very little about the artist who painted them.

Could they possibly be yours?

If this rings a bell I would be happy to photograph them and send the photos for you to look at. If this is not a possibility then I will have to say that I have really enjoyed looking at your virtual gallery. 

Most sincerely, B.S.

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Re: Searching for Jack Whyte

Hi B,

Yes, that sounds like my work - if you'd like to pass along photos I may be able to fill in a few details.

Thanks for your interest,

Jack 

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Subject: Photos of Paintings

Hello Jack,

Thanks for your response.

Do these look familiar? It has been a while.

B,





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Re: Photos of Paintings

Yes B. - these are old friends for me as well!

The mineshaft is from Elliot Lake in the 1960's. Around the time of the Uranium boom my father was doing technical work for the new mines and I used to hitch a ride north. Then while he was working I would go out and sketch. I ended up doing a whole serious of different shafts in Elliot Lake - these paintings were mostly achromatic due the starkness of the landscape.

I recall the town of Elliot Lake consisting of two buildings - one of which was a restaurant - and bunkhouses everywhere. The roads were mud and reminded me of what the atmosphere of the Klondike must have been like.

The other pair are from a series of acrylics I painted in the 70's called Rips - many of which depicted the military. You are in luck if you would like to know more about how these works fit into the chronology of my work. We have just launched an online project called Scrapbook: a story of art -  a 456-page free-to-read memoir located at
http://scrapbook.whytesonline.com

Here you will also find a video introduction to my work which covers my Rips and a crowdfunding campaign for the production of the hardcover edition of Scrapbook for those who are not technically inclined.

Thanks again, it is always great catching up with old friends and finding out what they've been up to all these years.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you,

Jack 

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Re: Photos of Paintings

Jack,

I really appreciate hearing about the context of the Elliot Lake painting. It makes it even more meaningful for me.

I have been dipping into your scrapbook and am so impressed with how your work has changed and involved over the years!

I am also deeply moved that your son, Dylon, and daughter-in-law, Ashley, are working with you and the Scrapbook Project. Although I joined Rockethub I can't quite get to the point of actually contributing to the project. Oh well - tomorrow is another day and I will try again.

Dylon's fascination with chain-mail is intriguing to me as we had a number of pieces in my gallery at the ROM that were much loved by children and when I retired I briefly had a metal arts gallery where I represented a few artists making jewellery using chain-mail techniques.

Stories for another time perhaps. 

I briefly owned a painting that I thought was yours and could have been part of your Rips series. It was of an old woman - in a blue patterned dress if I recall - sitting with one breast exposed. I loved it but I found it too disturbing. I was young at the time and perhaps did not want to face what I regarded as the inevitability of life so I returned it. Was it yours? 

Best regards and thank you for the information.

B

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Re: Photos of Paintings

Hi B,

Very glad that I was able to fill in some blanks for you!

If the other painting is the one that I'm thinking of - it was based on a true story of my Grandmother - whom I once accidentally walked in on as she was getting dressed with breast exposed - so I eventually painted a picture about it.

Thanks so much for your interest and what a coincidence with Dylon's chainmail - who has spent many hours wandering the ROM's collections for inspiration.

Would you mind if we shared your story as part of our campaign, anonymously of course?

Best wishes,

Jack 

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Re: Photos of Paintings

Hi Jack,

Of course you may share my story. It would be a pleasure!

I believe it was your "grandmother" painting and wonder who owns it now. It clearly intrigues me still. As I write this I am sitting in a cottage with 2 of my grandchildren and I wonder what they would think of it. They grew up with the "generals" so your art has been part of their lives too.

Here is a question. Why did you paint the medals upside down?

Good luck with the campaign and my very best regards, B

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Re: Photos of Paintings

Hi B,

 Thank you - I often wonder about what sort of adventures my work has been on as it journeys through time - who it has influenced and so on.

 I'm not sure about the upside down medals, but suspect that the generals may have been just that stupid - then again - so was the Vietnam War.

Thanks again,

Jack

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If you have a piece of work that you think may be a Jack Whyte original let us know and don't forget to read the whole story with Scrapbook: a story of art 

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Update July 23rd, 2015 - Continued here...


Thursday, 2 July 2015

What is your favourite Chain Music?



Just a few of my favourite chain-themed songs from over the years - don't forget to add links to yours in the comments below!

The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

Chain of Fools - The Commitments

#SELFIE - The Chainsmokers

Break Every Chain - Jesus Culture

Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders

Chains - Patty Loveless

Three Dog Night - Chained

Connection - Elastica

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

Unchain My Heart - Joe Cocker

Who is your favorite chainmail supplier?

Supplier missing? Comment Below!

Blue Buddha Boutique

Metal Designz

Spiderchain 

The Ring Lord

Urbanmaille

West Coast Chainmaille

Worthco

Zili Maille


What chain resources do you utilize on a regular basis?

Just a few of my favourite online resources for maillers - don't forget to add yours to the comments!

Aspect Ratio Calculator

Chain - How It Is Made

Chain Maille FB Group

Chain Scythe

M.A.I.L.

Maillers World Wide



Where did you first learn chainmail?


For me it all started with the Jean Claude VanDamme movie Cyborg, then a poster on "The Ancient Art of Mail Forging", then a tome called The Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: In All Places and All Times by George Cameron Stone. Then it was a photocopied guide from an SCA event called S.T.A.G. Method and an eventual desire to pay back all the mentors I had learned from that led to my first website and subsequent self-published title The Art of Chainmail.

When I started such resources were scarce, especially living on the Island, but today Chain, Chainmail, Chaimaille, Maille, Mail or whatever you call it has literally experienced a renaissance of popularity and like a cog spawned many niche interests.

Facebook Groups like Chain Maille also keep the art vital in an environment where solutions to the issues all maillers face - such as aspect ratio, confusion over gauge standards, spring back, etc... can all be crowdsourced.

Below is my chain reading list - be sure to comment below with your favourite chain and mail learning resources and let me know if you'd be interested in Chainman reviews of specific titles or if you art interested in submitting your titled for review.

Advanced Chain Maille

AntiCraft

Beaded Chain Mail Jewlery

Beadmaille

Chain and Bead Jewelry

Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections

Chain and Bead Jewelry Geometric Connections

Chain Mail Jewlery

Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop

Chain Mail & Wire Reimagined

Chained

Chainmail - Novel

Chainmail Made Easy

Chainmail RPG

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist

Creative Chain Mail Jewelry

Chicks in Chainmail

Chicks 'N Chained Males

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry

Elven Chain Maille

Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry

Introduction to Chain Mail

Introduction to Chain Mail

Kumihimo Wire Jewelry

Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs

Make Chain Maille Jewelry 1

Make Chain Maille Jewelry 2

Making Chain Mail Jewelry

Manly Crafts

Practical Chainmail in the Current Middle Ages

Silver Soldering Simplified

Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction

The Art of Chainmail

The Art Of Mail Armor

The Art of Wire

The Missing Link

Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry

Woven Wire Jewelry


The Biggest, Blackest Cock to Ever Walk The Earth!?


Future dreams include the creation a one-of-a-kind series of illustrated speculative fiction novels which carry on the story of Cockzillionaire Big Dandy Whorebucks introduced in 419 and 64 Shades of Bacomegle as part of the Dyl W. Thrillogy.

Titles in the COCKZILLA! Ring of Fear are based on the tongue-firmly-planted-in-other-cheek humours of allusion, insinuation and double entendre. Much like the running gag of a giant wiener-shaped rocket passing in front of the moon from The Spy Who Shagged Me combined with a healthy dose of Sterling Archer thrown in for good measure. (Get it? Sorry, must have been an inside joke. OMG! I try not to use innuendo, but IT is hard, so very hard.)

Therefore, as incendiary as they may seem, none of these humours speculative fiction titles contain actual "blue" or "adult" material and instead utilize a satisfyingly clever - if completely cheesy blend of jokes and campy puns.

1. COCKZILLA! Atomic Barnyard Avenger

2. F├╝ckushima! The Pacific Rim Job

3. Bow to... Mecha-COCKZILLA!

4. Sex Machina - Would You Like to Play a Game of Thermonuclear Whore?

5. Feaster Island: Hell Come to The Island!

6.  Five Dollar Blow Jobs

7. If I Were King of the World: The Preposterously Unlikely Legend of Sonny Chainman

8. P.O.D. PPL On Demand

9. F.L.E.S.H. Unleashed: Invasion of the Booby Snatchers

10. RUPTURE! The Day The Earth Still Stood

11. Brown Box Express

12. Innovation XXX: The Game Changer

13. Kingdom Cum-a-lot: Infinite Sex - plus Violence! Who could resist!?


What is the strangest thing you have ever done?


Sorry - 64 Shades of Bacomegle: Looking For Two Strangers... O.P. ala Stranger Still is currently out-of-print.


What does the number Four-One-Nine mean to you?


Sorry - 419: a Fictionalized eNovella Based on Actual Events by Dyl W. is currently out-of-print.

What is IT?


Sorry - THE ~IT~ CHING! A Book of Spare Change from The Itchy Manitou is currently out-of-print.

Have you got The $hitch?


Sorry - The $hitch: Issue #1 by Ditto.D is currently out-of-print.

Are You Social Media Savvy?

Fools' names, like fools' faces, are often seen in public places...

Contacting Dylon

Chain related: kusari@artofchainmail.com

Writing related: dylon@grumbledude.com

Instant Messenger

Yahoo! : Kusari55

AIM : KusariKhan

MSN : KusariKahn at Hotmail.com

ICQ : 2128006

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To learn more Google "Dylon Whyte"

Do you ever talk to yourself?


Sorry - Affirmations: Collected Works of Irony by Dylon Whyte is currently out-of-print.

Who is Dylon Whyte?

"If every fool wore a crown - I would be a king and not a clown."

Dylon has been influenced by creative environments since before he knew who he was, much like his father Jack Whyte. His childhood was filled with colours, smells, textures and the experiences of being raised by a fine artist. For him, this meant discovering the innovation of art and applying it to his own life.

Captivated by chainmail in his teenage years, Dylon found a new outlet for his inventive mind. His adventure into entrepreneurial adulthood included an interest in computers and combined with his passion for chain, led him to the creation of The Art of Chainmail; an illustrated book on how to create European patterned armour. He was later contracted by Lark Books and Sterling Publishing to produce instructional books on the topic of chainmail jewellery.

Dylon eventually found interest in other mediums and through a series of experimental projects discovered an opportunity to work with the artist he grew up with.

He has since produced a number of books, magazines and other literature pertaining to his father's artwork and the history of Manitoulin Island (Ontario, Canada). Dylon continues to pursue independent publishing and has recently released his latest project, 'Scrapbook: a story of art', which he co-produced with his father.
 


Dylon Whyte - Author and Publisher?

I've been involved with creative writing for so long that it's hard to remember how I got started - other than faded memories of my grandfather's old portable Underwood typewriter and a wee Dylon plunking away at speculative fiction narratives at 6 or 7. Now at 41, between physical and digital, writing and editing, illustrating and publishing, I've discovered that I have 17 titles under my belt and ideas for a zillion more.

(in reverse chronological order)

Scrapbook: a story of art - Technical Adviser-Publisher - 2015

Manitoulin Island Coloring Book - Technical Adviser-Publisher - (2015 pending publication)

The Tragedy of the AsiaTechnical Adviser-Publisher - 2014

THE ~IT~ CHING!Author as T.P. Leaky - Self-published 2013

The Way to CanadaTechnical Adviser-Publisher - 2013

64 Shades of Bacomegle: Looking For Two Strangers - Author as Stranger Still - Self-published 2013

419 - A Fictionalized Novella Based On Actual Events - Author as Dyl W. - Self-published 2013

Just Desserts: Grandma's Country KitchenTechnical Adviser-Publisher - 2012

Affirmations: Collected Works of Irony - Author - Self-published 2012

The $hitch: Issue #1 - Author as Ditto.D - Self-published 2012

Manitoulin Island Notebook - Technical Adviser-Publisher - 2009

Beaded Chain Mail JewelryAuthor-Illustrator - Lark Books / Sterling Publishing 2008

Autumn '08Technical Adviser-Publisher - 2008

Manitoulin Island Sketch Book Technical Adviser-Publisher - 2008

Manitoulin Illustrated Volume 1Technical Adviser-Publisher - 2006

Chain Mail Jewelry - Technical Editor-Author-Illustrator - Lark Books / Sterling Publishing 2006

The Art of Chainmail: Volume 1: European PatternsAuthor-Illustrator - Self-published 2002

The Lonely Gunman - Earliest Blog - 2002


Dylon the Artist?

(True story: When I was a kid I thought Ricardo Montalban was a tan gent.)

Most of my work as an artist has been behind the scenes or as a technical illustrator - however creatively I am continually fascinated by memetics and semiotics. Along with my regular retinue of humorous digital pieces, I also actively pursue freelance poster, cover and packaging design.

Outside of my books and tutorials here are a few examples of my other works:

The Big Yellow Sub-Machine Gun - 2013

Videography with Jack Whyte

Paradoxian Tarot - Website - 2000 - 2004

Question Reality - Gore Bay Museum - 2000



Dylon the Actor?


Dylon Whyte
Actor, Author, Artist
Social Media Network : 5000+ friends, fans, followers and growing.
Age : 41

Theatre and Acting Experience 

1985: Cat Pie - Christmas Concert - Gore Bay Public School - Restaurant Patron #3

1986: Christmas Concert - Gore Bay Public School  - Santa Claus

1993: The Hand that Cradles the Rock by Warren Graves - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Sound and Lights

1994: Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii by Norm Foster - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Sound, Lights, Folley, Stage Manager

1995: The Marriage of the Maid Shonda to G'narr the Victor - John McFetridge - Collector and Self

1998: The Affections of May by Norm Foster - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Set, Hank

2001: Sylvia by A. R. Gurney - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Tom/Phyllis/Leslie

2002: Murder at The Howard Johnsons by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Lights

2002: The Motor Trade by Norm Foster - Abby's Dinner Theatre - Sound, Lights, Folley

2004: The Foursome by Norm Foster - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Donnie

2006: Voice of the Prairie by John Olive - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Poppy, Frankie's Father, Watermelon Man, James, Sherrif

2008: Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Mitch Albom

2009: Island of Great Spirit - The Legacy of Manitoulin - DVD and TVO - Ontario Visual Heritage Project - William Gibbard

2011: The Sound of Music - Gore Bay Theatre - Herr Zeller

2013: Greater TUNA by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard - Gore Bay Summer Theatre - Announcer,  Charlene Bumiller, Stanley Bumiller, Jody Bumiller, Yippy the Dog, The Reverend Spikes, Elmer Watkins, R.R. Snavely


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I once heard that the definition of a diplomat was somebody who could tell somebody else to go to Hell and have them look forward to the trip. Kind of like selling refrigerators to arctic dwellers - except you're flogging happy euphemisms for "kindly go f yourself."

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Scrapbook: a story of art is a project that I've been working on with my father - artist Jack Whyte - for the better part of the last year. That's longer than any previous book or chain project that I've undertaken! This story of art chronicles his passionate pursuit of creativity from an early age with 456 lovingly compiled and fully-illustrated pages.