Friday, January 17, 2014

A snowy TGIF

Visited the Nature Center yesterday to see the space where I will have my solo show, opening in just two weeks. I got some milkweed, just a bit, to show to my students at Oberlin. I walked a bit, but it was brrr, so mostly I stayed inside in front of the fire.
Alchemy : seed : silk : stem : leaf opens Feb 1, with a reception on Fri, Feb 7 (5:30-7:30pm). I'll be there and will do a demo at 6:30pm with plant papermaking. If I can harvest enough to do so!
I was so wiped out yesterday from teaching printmaking, three meetings, a dinner, admin, and class prep, that I decided to stay in Cleveland one more night and then just head to Oberlin early today. Extreme anxiety caused me to rise at 6am, get gas, and hit the road in darkness. It was beautiful, actually. The moon was just right. Today: more marbling.



They are all really so much better at this than I will ever be (mostly because my interests are elsewhere).
Three ladies helped me with the milkweed (in the tiny pot on the floor). It amazes me to no end how quickly work is done with many hands.
After cleaning up the space and reconfiguring, we started a bit of book stuff. Paper, grain, folding, cutting, three structures. Lots of yawning, which made me realize that we have been so very physical and moving and on our feet. Very little sitting in chairs. I wonder if we would all learn better with less sitting in chairs.
I was completely wiped out and could barely even throw my samples into my car, but managed to crawl out of bed after relaxing for a bit so that I could see Liora's swim meet. I'm so glad I went! It was endlessly inspiring, and always fun to see half naked, very fit athletes working hard. All my recent excessive worrying fell away and I felt like I was watching people as they were: fish.
I walked to the gym and back, as it has been snowing, and because I don't exercise anymore. Recently, a friend in the Cleveland area was attacked and beaten badly by two men. That makes me even more grateful for nights like this in Oberlin where I can run through the quiet snow, eat some, and make it home unscathed. A long weekend ahead, of art making.

6 comments:

  1. such activity and milkweed, too! awful about the attack, but glad you can safely walk at oberlin. maybe i should start swimming again--

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    1. you and me both! but we won't really start swimming...unless it's by accident when we fall through ice. :)

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  2. you are so busy, busy. hope you had a great weekend. love that first photo.

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    1. it's outrageous! i read about you weaving and i am now so busy i don't even have time to feel jealous! just a fleeting, "thank goodness SOMEONE is working!"

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  3. You are handling the busy-ness well! This was good to read (except the attack, ugh) and I love that last marbling-guy's beautiful big blobby-ness.

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    1. i think i can only handle it b/c oberlin is so peaceful and quiet!

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