Sunday, July 25, 2010

Not quite in the groove

After telling people that they needed to get things in writing so that what is in their heads can be understood by other people, I realized that I was guilty of the same communication weaknesses. So first thing this morning, I made a huge to do list of what needs to get done in the next two weeks. Not even two weeks! I am starting to panic, mildly.

While the printing/drum leaf workshop was in full swing today, I used this saw to make these beautiful notches to start a screen weaving jig. But then Cameron came in unexpectedly and I let him take over the job based on my video from Korea of master weavers, Tim Barrett's book on Japanese papermaking, and his own experience trying to sew it himself. I still haven't mastered the art of giving people the appropriate amount of responsibility, supervision, and freedom, but I sure am trying.

I was incredibly scattered today, so it was a relief to be able to sit for a while for Cristine Rom's lecture on artists' books. It was like a blast from the past: back in grad school book arts lectures! It was sad, though, to have to say goodbye to Eleanor, one of the summer interns. But Marcus finally dropped in after being gone for a while, so it was good to see him again.

All of my pics of Cameron's new jig came out badly so I'll reshoot tomorrow. For now, we'll see if he's able to get a decent screen done tomorrow. Tom cut down the wood for the vat framework, and I wiped on the last coat of epoxy for my large mould. Student sugetas are in the works and I am going to hope that I am less distracted tomorrow so I can really work.


Velma Bolyard said...

aimee, what a L.I.S.T. holy cow! makes me want to get in the car and drive (arrgh) right over to help. will you manage?

aimee said...

holy cow is an understatement! haha. tom said get in your car and get on over here! :) but we will manage. a lot of it is just getting down to business and DOING it.