Thursday, December 15, 2011

teaching shifu, paper, and books

(changed, in process, artists' book, dyed lokta shifu, vellum, linen, poem, 
collection of university of washington at seattle)
next june (from june 27 through july 11, 2012)
 i have the very great pleasure of teaching in
australia
at the wonderful symposium
at beautiful silks in melbourne
lokta shifu pages
i will be teaching in the ecotone: north country shifu
i would like to travel a bit
around the continent
teach, meet some folks, play in some dye,
or pulp...
 weave shifu or build a book structure or three
spun kozo
maybe give a talk or demo.
so if you have an idea
for the weeks following the symposium, 
spun and dyed kozo
about a place that might like to host
this north country paper and bookmaker
around australia or new zealand,
i would appreciate you getting in touch.
two rock books before binding, shaped handmade paper, found split rocks
i want to
learn a new continent,
and leave a few paperspinners
unbundled shifu pages for vellum book
and bookartists in another hemisphere.
do get in touch
or sign up for the workshop.
stationer's binding, shifu and botanical papers book
spun kozo bobbins
i will be happy to make some pulp and pull some sheets,
spin a yarn,
weave on a stump,
make some color 
(or COLOUR),
and possibly
build a book
with you.
spring walk, artists' book, vellum and shifu
please get in touch with me here:
rock book two, in process, found split rock, handmade, botanical, shaped pages
sewing, dyeing,
did i say i can hardly wait!
case paper and shifu cover in process

36 comments:

Cait Throop said...

Oh I love that you said "I want to learn a new continent!" I want to go with you! xo

Fiona Dempster said...

And may I say that Australia is very excited to be having you! We are looking for options up our way for you and will be in touch. How excitement!

Anonymous said...

Velma your work draws me to it. Someday I'd like to knock on a door and find you there teaching, sewing, spinning and to take my place to learn. Good luck in your journey and dreams. Henrietta. zani.ladie@gmail from iPhone

Jan Ward said...

How exciting!! You will definitely rock their world.

Valerianna said...

Cool! Going from summer to winter, that will be fascinating enough not to mention all the other inspiration.

ronnie said...

sighing and hoping and looking to the stars for miracles and crossing fingers and toes and sighing once more.....

I think you'll love our little island.... I'm sure you'll love the Beautiful Silks folk and I know those who will get to the sympo will love getting to know you

(sigh)

cri-cri said...

I like your work so much , that I hope I can follow one day lessons from you ...

Manya Maratou said...

how exciting! thanks for the gallery of pictures.

Jeana Marie said...

That is wonderful news!

neki desu said...

totally thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mjc said...

Love this post!

jude said...

oh wow, Velma!!!!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

oh Velma. just
oh
Velma..........
i have tears in my eyes........

trish said...

So deliciously inspiring! I hope to be in the front row of a workshop with you some day :)

Judy Martin said...

So fabulous for you to be invited. They are lucky.

The work that you are showing in this post is astounding. Congratulations on everything.

onesmallstitch said...

it is so amazingly wonderful - an experience that will live with you - and your students - forever. I get excited just thinking about it. and the photos are VERY enticing.

Velma said...

wow, WOW everybody. what wonderful comments. i really do like teaching, especially people who WANT to learn, which is pretty wonderful for me (contrast to those who i work with at the day job!) please do try to get in touch or those of you in australia or n.z. check with your local guild/for paper,fiber,book or textiles...and maybe we can schedule something. i am really ready!

trish said...

Looks like I'll be across the pond just ahead of you :) wish I could be at this symposium in attendance at your workshop~

Serena said...

awesome! congrats. you're terrifically gifted.

not understanding or having ever attempted what you do i can say every visit i am left in awe with an extremely strong appreciation for it all.

Maggie Neale said...

Do you know Sophie Munns who does some incredible blogging and is into plants and art? She lives in Australia sophiemunns.blogspot.com and homage to the seed, also a blog. So glad you'll be giving this workshop in Australia and you might as well see the country after you take that long flight.

Velma said...

trish and serena, this trip will be amazing.
maggie, i have been in contact with sophie, and maybe i'll get to meet her when i'm there. she's doing amazing work.

iNd!@nA said...

i'm in
and i've linked to you from my FB page - hope that's ok with you?

shiborigirl said...

way cool-i have no idea what this is but it looks so intriguing. i am in my own little world here but imagine visiting yours one day...

Velma said...

india, i'm honored!
glennis, welcome to the (north) country of paper and stuff! your world is pretty nifty, too.

Christine said...

Nice. Wish I had taken your class when you were at the Morgan. sigh...

Velma said...

me, too. we had a grand time.

yvette said...

hope you'll have heaps of fun as your students will do too!

Martine said...

this looks soooooo very interesting....
Wish you lots of students, fun and succes!
XXXm

papergail said...

Get in touch when you get to Melbourne. We can certainly organise a dinner at least, maybe a workshop with Papermakers of Victoria.

Joanne B Kaar said...

Which direction are you travelling? Will you pass by Scotland?????

ArtPropelled said...

Velma, this is such exciting news! You are going to have a whale of a time! Love seeing your rock book again. I actually posted it on Pinterest a few days ago and as usual bloggers are intrigued.

Velma said...

yvette, i'm ready for an adventure
martine, thankyou, i'm nervous and excited, both
gail, i'll be in touch!
joanne, i wish i wish i wish!!!
robyn, thank you, they speak the stories we can only guess.

Bridget Farmer said...

Velma! Just read your post! how exciting! I'm back in Australia now, living about an hour north of Melbourne in a place called Daylesford. I think you'd really like it. We're in the woods where kangaroos jump by and choughs call their mournful song and mystery birds chirp and tweet, i still need to figure out what they all are.

But, Daylesford is quite an arty part of Victoria and I'm certain I could arrange for you to do some teaching there. What is your email address and we can talk further about this and arrange something. You must come and stay with us too while you're in Daylesford, (if it's comfortable enough)
My email is bridgetfarmerprints[at!]hotmail.com

Looking forward to actually meeting you, especially after you introduced me to Aimee in Belfast!

Velma said...

oh, bridget, i am so hoping we can meet up and i would love to teach in your area. i will be emailing you!

anastasia said...

wow! awesome! you must visit new zealand if you can; it's on my "must" list, it just looks so amazing in documentaries. think of all the eucalyptus you'll have at hand to dye with! this is very exciting, it would be very enjoyable to take a shifu class with you. will you be teaching any workshops in the south (usa) anytime next year?

Velma said...

anastasia, the hope is to see n.z. as well as oz. perhaps you will invite me south (though not in mid-summer!) to teach...