Twinrocker, and to visit Andrea and Jon of Hook Pottery Paper. I also saw the exquisite exhibit on Twinrocker and the incredible artwork made on their paper in Lafayette—highly recommended if you are able to visit! Now I have just enough time to do laundry before flying to Chicago on Friday for a whirlwind of hanji events, sponsored by Korean Consulate of Chicago & Hanji Society of Chicago, with many other hosts and supporters:
Nov 3: SAIC workshop (SAIC students only)
Nov 4: U of C lecture & workshop (12-5pm) - lecture open to public
Nov 5: UIC lecture & demo (6-8pm)
Nov 6: SAIC workshop (SAIC students only)
Nov 7: SAIC lecture (4:30pm) - open to public
Nov 8: U of C Dept of Visual Arts (U of C students only)
I got an avalanche of information over the last few days and won't have time to properly digest before I leave, but am so grateful to my generous hosts for helping me see and learn more accurately the shape of hand papermaking in this country.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Here are all of the Penland pics!
Stefan worked on a new batch of photos for me. Somehow in my packing of my art in an exhausted daze before I flew out early the following day, a dress got misplaced. But these made it to him in NYC!
visit now that it's updated. I had a crazy recovery day or so after flying back late this weekend and then tried to relax yesterday for the birthday. Best gifts: a sunny fall day, cake from a dear local friend, a bone needle from a dear faraway friend, an afternoon nap! I have been very bad about scheduling enough time in between gigs but someday I'll figure it out.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Sarah Rose gave us the safety tour right before dinner on our first night. So proud of her—she has come so far so quickly, not only in her job work, but in her artwork. I was too fried to take pictures at the gallery opening Friday night, but her work is diverse and exquisite.
Bill was also in class but couldn't do the show and tell because he and his wife Deb, who was teaching the photography class, had to leave right away to drive to Charlotte for their flight back home to Montana. He was fascinated by the historical, personal, and technical details of lots of my research, and was so kind at the end when he thanked me for class. He really understood that I approach my work in a way that involves a ton of scholarship as well as technique, and it was nice to have that affirmation at the end. Cat, the third teacher (only three of us taught the one-week courses because the rest of the studios were full of eight-week concentration courses already underway) was teaching sand casting in the jewelry studio and we traded a lot of info, and pieces. The biggest thing for me is that we talked about plying cord, and when I asked him about 3-ply cord, he said it is definitely done all at once (not 2 plied with 1). So I went back to the studio and tried it. He's right! It was a question that came up from a student five years ago, so I'm glad to finally have an answer.
I know, you'd think I would have tried to figure it out myself five years ago, but everything takes more time then I'd like. It was only a week but it felt like a month. These students went really deep and I felt good about all that they had accomplished and experienced. It's always luck of the draw, who shows up to these classes, so I'm grateful for yet another fabulous group. Travel home last night was hard and I returned to a house that I have to heat (when I left, it was warm), but my fall plants survived my rushed transplanting. And we all know that nothing beats getting to sleep in your own bed after being away.