Nick and I go back a long way. You know Nick. He is the wonderful author and artist of the Griffin and Sabine series among other fabulous books. The Griffin and Sabine series was a story told through a correspondence of art letters and postcards tucked into the books' pages.
When I organized Art Continuum back in the 90s, Nick Bantock was at the top of my list of people to have at my event. He had written the first book a few years earlier and among those in our little world, he was the inspiration for collage swaps, Bantock-like postcard groups and a ton of art. Boldly I wrote to him and invited him to talk, teach and/or sign books. I waited and waited to hear back and then one day I received a piece of Bantock art mail. I was so thrilled to even hold it in my hands, but he turned me down very graciously.. I was disappointed but we reduced his rejection envelope and letter (written in his distinctive hand) and used it in our attendee packet. The next year, I invited and he rejected and his letter became part of the Art Continuum packet again, but this time he added faux postage for us to give away! Year three I wrote, he wrote back and accepted my invitation and did so for the next few years. He did book signings, readings, slide shows and finally a full blown art class. For our part we sold more of his books at Art Continuum than any other book signing of his at that time.
After quite a few years, Nick Bantock has a new book on creativity.