Thursday, December 08, 2016

Hibernation resistance

Above: what I've been up to in studio work and musings. The admin load has shifted to being almost unbearable because it's so big but the impending snow and cold has helped motivate me to work as hard as possible during daylight hours. I admit that I've been doubling up on meals, though, and I say it must be animal instinct.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Another book

I keep forgetting to mention that Elizabeth compiled a beautiful book that celebrates a decade of her collaborative project that I was involved in for a few years called eyeseverywhere. Women artists from around the world submitted photos weekly according to themes set by each other, and the project has traveled the world in various incarnations. It includes essays by scholars and selected images from each artist. I'm proud to have been part of this!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Parallel time

I feel like I am still living in a separate time from everyone else, catching up, in disbelief about the speed of the year coming to a close. As I try to prepare for the known (lots of teaching starting immediately in the new year), new opportunities are arising. All good, but I'm not sure if this is the heart of my work or if it distracts me. For now, I'm saying yes because I like food on the table. The good thing is that a rush of books is coming out of my hands and I smell melted beeswax a lot these nights.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Support Arrowmont

So much was lost in the TN fires this week. Fortunately, Arrowmont did not lose any studio buildings and its staff and artists are safe and sound, but it did lose structures. Give what you can to help rebuild!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Textiles in Korea

The 'table' in the corner is three walls of my hanji vat on top of two sawhorses. Yay! Yesterday I went to bed happy after marbling and waxing paper. Today I was happy to see that Youngmin and her colleagues are leading a textile tour through Korea next year! She makes beautiful bojagi and has been dreaming about doing this for a while. I like when dreams manifest.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Books on the ground

This one I really enjoyed and want to make more of, where the book is already done once the paper is dry.
I shot this in terrible night lighting but this is ready for a class demo next year, after finishing one bitty square of shifu for a future book.
This was #3
And this is #4. #5 is drying right now, along with a bunch of paper recently marbled with sumi ink. Lots of errands and caretaking today but still hoping I'll get a few things done tonight. Back to the basics, trying to get grounded in simple ways.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Double gifts for Hand Papermaking

Today is Giving Tuesday, and I am proud to support Hand Papermaking. The first 3K of donations will be matched by an anonymous donor, and there is a great bonus for gift subscriptions (I just got one for a friend this weekend and we are both excited—she will get the magazine, and I'll get the gift!). Learn more here.