Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. An acquaintance bought it immediately at the opening and I never got a chance to document properly. I did a very cursory shoot with my outdated camera before rushing to the car wash (poor car was still covered in winter salt since Feb). I pulled half the amount of paper I wanted to that afternoon because my body was falling apart, and tried to cook Japanese kozo.
By 7pm, it was not cooking through (weak ash water) and my knee was insisting that I go home. The next morning brought a grant application and teaching before I saw Charity at the Morgan, who had pulled exactly the maximum number of sheets I had hoped for. I still felt horrible, so left work early but packed at night. Last week, I had a yoga injury in my left shoulder, and papermaking and working on concrete floors has been rough.
Today, I woke up to sciatica and decided to take the day off. I dropped off winter clothes at the dry cleaners and bought new shoes with better support. At home, I packed until my body stopped me, and sat down to check email. Yesterday, I had gotten a rejection letter for a grant. Today, I got an award letter to fund a trip to Korea this fall!!! I've been trying to get back for the last five years, and this means that I can study with my jiseung teacher again. For months, I've had a feeling that this was the year I'd return, that there was a reason for my completely unbooked autumn calendar (though I was also fantasizing about a fall where I could leisurely make art and do nothing else). I'll have to supplement with my own funds to make it the trip I need it to be, but this is the boost I've needed and prepared for over the past several years.
In the meantime, we are steadily pulling lovely gampi/kozo blend sheets, I move this weekend to a beautiful new apartment, and this Friday we celebrate papermaking at an exhibit that opens at Heights Arts! Tonight, I will attempt to NOT pack anymore and rest, if I can stand staying still.
Friday, April 18, 2014
ICA. We went on a trip yesterday after a long day of work to for a session tailored just for us.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Zygote giving us a great tour/talk. My students acted just like children who embarrass you would act: blank stares when asked about things I've taught them, making me look like the idiot. Sigh. But it was great to see them so attentive for once, and I wish we could have stayed longer. We had a van not show up so we were late, and then one carload of students never made it from Zygote to the Morgan, but I suppose that's how things go as we get late into the semester. Good news: I've finally booked my travel and hotel for Convergence! When I get the energy, I'll break out all the classes I'm teaching that week (four in six days on jiseung, joomchi, and artists' books).
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Julie so kindly delivered last weekend and it gets hot! Hot enough that the familiar steam comes off of the paper once you brush it on. Of course it has hot spots and we need to eventually replace the screws with stainless ones, but this is a great option. I was disappointed with myself for being too tired last weekend to rescue the Japanese kozo cooked in wood ash lye—I let it sit in the cooking liquor for too long before we rinsed, so the final paper is too soft. Sigh. I know better, that you can do everything right but get one step wrong and there goes your lovely batch of paper.
Cleveland Flea, but it was a traffic/parking nightmare, so we visited Zygote instead and then Superior Pho, before returning to load the big drybox. I would have done it yesterday but knew people would freak out by all the noise with our first opening of the year (and a gallery talk today).
Morgan opening were great, especially because I was able to carpool with friends. Today was too hot for my liking (shaking fist at global warming for taking away true spring) but I know it's nothing compared to what is actually to come! No time to waste; hoping to make paper every day until the swelter and bugs arrive.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Felice with a lovely local couple. I completely splurged with food and drink and dessert and though I love living close enough to walk, it was eerie to be walking as the only person in the street on the way there. I've been stressed out lately, mostly about things completely out of my control, so it was vital that I pulled sheets today. I know that it's good for me, yet I don't do it enough. Everything gets solved when I'm really working, or at least the trash gets taken out in my head (apparently, the brain literally takes out its trash while sleeping, so I need more of that, too). Looking forward to more of that as we go into serious production. My goal: 50 sheets/day, 3 days/week, for 7 weeks. That gives us just over a thousand sheets, half of which will not be good enough for sale—this is optimistic. But that leaves 500 as we proposed, by the end of May.
Monday, April 07, 2014
I also saw a bunch of wonderful friends both from out of town and locally, weaving around my extra teaching for the week (a high school field trip and a teacher training). Lots of great food, trips to Little Italy, sunshine, and hugs. A couple of my college students got into the student art show and won prizes, so that was nice to see. I was bummed that the Morgan missed a really important grant deadline, but I can't police everything. The big goal for this week: more sleep! And paper/art making!
Monday, March 31, 2014
If you have a TV, tomorrow will be the national broadcast of the documentary that my sister edited, on PBS! Town Hall airs on Tuesday, April 1 at 8pm.