Thursday, April 26, 2012
Processing and recovering
To learn how to handle Chinese and Japanese scrolls, the Freer Sackler has videos online!
People love printmaking, and have for centuries (no one said this, I just remembered it).
Stab bindings (the official name being side-stitched bindings) happened in East Asia b/c the paper was so thin and flexible and strong. I usually hate teaching stabs because I was taught to do them with Western paper, and the cheap, thick, stiff stuff totally works against the binding.
Buddhists love books.
Even people who are obsessed with books don't seem to share that zeal for paper. Paper becomes invisible as it supports the contents of books.
Cutters, who were the artisans who cut woodblocks for printing, were itinerant (traveling for work), taught while they traveled/worked, and were willing to work for very low wages. I must have been a cutter in a past life because that is the exact description of me, now!
Even really smart scholars use words that they have never heard spoken aloud.
In research (and life, I believe), you only see something once you are ready to see it.
People are still willing to talk to me even on bad hair days (which will be every day until this cut grows out).
Most importantly, it is surreal to try and switch between manual labor and intellectual labor. I went from two days of pure brute force (beating fiber) to two days of sitting on my ass and listening to lectures and panels and papers and watching the slides go by, to three more days of wet, cold labor. But I am glad that the students went from the workshops and lectures to getting wet in the paper studio. It's always nice to come away with something tangible.
I'm going to be on various trains for something like eight hours tomorrow, all told, so I can make it to the closing reception of my solo exhibit in Connecticut. I don't think I've ever booked such last-minute tickets, but I was so wholly consumed in Ohio that I could not think an hour ahead of my present second. I am still confused as to what day and month and year it is, and in shock that I will be in Santa Fe in less than a week!