Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On and off campus

The paper studio is packed and left in the van to head back to Cleveland. We shut down the studio and headed to the library to start making books.
Another class that is in the library (across from the letterpress studio) is the woodblock intensive that Claudio teaches. They started today and are already busy carving their blocks!
We swept through a bunch of folded and cut structures today, though the final one cheats a bit and uses 415, that magical double-sided tape. Cori has suminagashi sheets on the back of this book and the side you see here are all handmade paper sheets made with veil pulps and pulp painting.
I went to visit Betsy's weaving class afterwards, and was so impressed by all of the progress! She has taught this course for 16 years, bringing in a ton of floor looms and equipment, so that students can learn to choose, plan, order yarn, weave their cloth, and sew it into garments. I have always wished I could take this but it conflicts 100% with my course. And this is only a tiny sliver of what goes on in Oberlin on a given day—not even during the regular semesters. For all their flaws, humans do some remarkable things.

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