Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Exuberant

Today was my more social day where I got to catch up with a good friend and then visit Praxis. There is always so much going on and they're in the thick of indigo banner creation, which even includes some marigold dyeing. I helped fold and clamp some fabric for dyeing later, all a good outlet because I got very exciting news this morning. I can't share it yet but it's a big honor and completely derailed my plans to work on my book because I was so happy.
Velma somehow in the midst of a huge move managed to cut down, strip, and mail me slippery elm bark. I really would love to process it right away but think I need to wait until I get some more writing done before I can treat myself to the manual labor (mostly, to the time required). Here's one of my bal for making hanji, a measurement for a colleague interested in making some himself.
Last week was my LAZY salago papermaking. I mean, super lazy, which you can see in how little it was beaten and agitated. But better than no papermaking at all!
And this is another project that needs to get done, pronto, at least in its first incarnation before I leave to teach in a few weeks. I now see why I should have tried to write this manual on jiseung years ago. Now I know so much more, which means I have to get even more down on paper. But it's going to happen this year, I'm determined, and today's news reinforces my faith in my ability to do it.

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