Thursday, September 16, 2010

Can't burn both ends

I steamed/burned my next batch of milkweed and stripping was a nightmare since it wasn't done properly. My hands reek of burnt milkweed and are in a lot of pain but at least that part is over. I cooked the first batch tonight and will see how it blends up tomorrow before I cook the next batch. I'm a little horrified by how little time I am spending in my studio (since I'm babysitting pots in the kitchen and so on) but I have to remind myself that it's normal to only get a certain amount of work done when doing other things.

On the other side of the world, IAPMA had their annual congress, and it was in Wonju. I had wanted to be there, which is why I almost turned down this residency, but I decided this would be better for me. But I got word today that Asao Shimura, a master papermaker who lives in the Philippines, finally got to visit my hanji teacher's mill in Korea! I was so delighted to hear the news, since Asao and I have been in close contact ever since I got to Korea and have been sharing our research and work and samples and whatnot. I had wanted to visit him in the Phil when I was in Korea but never got around to it. I still want to someday. But I adore this pic of him and my teacher's father in their hanji inventory space.

5 comments:

  1. such faces!

    time for me to strip out milkweed to try it green, rether than field retted gray. you are inspiration!

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  2. Um...I believe that harvesting, defoliating, steaming and stripping fiber IS work! If it isn't, we're all in big trouble.

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  3. so funny--i had wanted to do the opposite! i LOVE the field-retted grey!

    and thanks for reminding me about the WORK that is work. i was talking to daniel today at lunch about how i could never be a master papermaker b/c i don't care for my paper to be perfect and he rolled his eyes and said, 'denial is not only a river in egypt.' haha!

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  4. Anonymous1:02 AM

    we'll bundle you up and send you out back on skis to gather in february!

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  5. that was me--blogger wouldn't let me have an identity.
    velma

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