Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A more normal work day

Stephanie took the picture and Emma helped her direct me. We were aiming for the high school yearbook shot but didn't have the neon blinds backdrop and I don't think I'm turning my head awkwardly enough. But I love this jig. I finished up my screen today, and Emma finished off the one Cameron started several days ago. We had a total of four interns today. I love them, but it's a challenge at this point in the project to delegate tasks. I haven't been able to teach structures as much, but have kept up on mentoring.

Emma glued up knots and later, she and Stephanie cut fabric to sew around all the edges. These will be our test screens.

I had Marcus varnish the side pieces of the vat that will be attached and then be the bottom of the framework structure. He's really easy to direct, which is great, and works well on his own. We had a great talk yesterday and I gave him a crash course in Korean papermaking through images and videos.

Then, he made these great bark scraping stations. Of course, I went and messed one of them up by replacing the slant with a longer board. I'm not sure how well the long boards will help, seeing as all the old Korean ones are kind of short. I guess they'll find out this winter when the Morgan harvests their first batch of kozo from their garden!

I also finished the last bit of my snail mail piece for the Morgan. This is all printed on their own handmade paper that I knitted. Last night, I stayed out late at Tom's place and his plan was to get me to drink enough to sleep soundly. Amazingly, I did. I slept in and woke up at 7:40am and took my time getting to work, making stops for errands like mail. I got to work just past 10am and left around 6pm. This is considered an incredibly short work day for me, so it was a nice treat to go home, relax with a big salad, get groceries, and run more errands. Now I get to curl up in bed with a book. I have six to get through but I have a feeling I won't get through them all in the next three weeks!


  1. i love your high school pic!

    and romeo--nifty, nifty. thanks for reminding me to do my bit on the morgan paper...hopefully i'll get it done asap.

    you sound great, and i'm glad you're finally on a "normal" schedule. please take care of aimee, aimee.

  2. so, what are you reading?

  3. What a treasure you are. Thank you for sharing your process and experience.

    Sometimes we don't have the time to do the best teaching. Your interns will benefit from the observation and participation alot.

  4. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, In Search of Our Mothers Gardens by Alice Walker, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. At least, I'm trying to read those. There are four more on the burner, but I don't think I'll get through all of them!


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