Saturday, June 16, 2012

one week, summer teaching

 i have one week until i get on a big airplane
and begin the 27 hour trip to australia.
i've been organizing.
 in melbourne i will be teaching in the ecotone,
which is my sneaky way of saying the
edge, the place between, where worlds collide and flourish,
where i make things, learn things, and ultimately
live, because no other place will suit me.
 these two photos of paper thread
show a comparison of spinninglokta, 
different fiber treatments.
 as i've been prepping to pack
i keep finding examples
 even wrapping paper will suit
if it works right, feels right, has integrity,
and sometimes even the most likely paper will
decidedly NOT work.
 wendy observes all
and sleeps more than i ever thought possible
she's a little arthritic, too
and its possible that i will return home to an empty
dog bed. she's in good hands while i travel.
these two skeins (from above) will make the journey
from canton to ottawa to melbourne.
 this is my summer teaching schedule:
papermaking from indigenous plants
i would love to meet you
at either of these events.
shifu making will include dyeing and mark making,
as well as spinning and weaving paper,
and textile techniques for book making.
papermaking will teach you 
how to do the whole process,
from plants in your ecosystem,
and make a sample book.


ronnie said...

I'm off to churchill tomorrow (just an couple of hours north of melbourne) for most of the week - its about a 7hr drive south (with the majority of that through forests) .... I will be thinking of you winging over the big pond (27hrs woooof what a flight!) .... and again lamenting that we will miss each other by *this* much..... bummer bummer bummer bummer!

Valerianna said...

Yipee, an adventure!

That would be hard... to come home to an empty dog bed. Pasha is a very senior kitty and I have similar fears when I go away.

aimee said...

oh, my! i completely lost track of time and wondered why you were so stressed. now i realize HOW CLOSE the travel is!!! it will be a true adventure. lucky students!

deanna7trees said...

love seeing the spun paper. happy travels.

onesmallstitch said...

how very exciting and I imagine just a little stressful. wish I could sit in on all the learning. have a wonderful, fantastic, joy-ful time. will keep Wendy and you in my thoughts. Safe travelling.

Velma said...

ronnie, i am SO sorry i'll miss you. another visit OR you visit here! yes!
valerie, i'm hoping she'll say around for me, but she's in very good hands.
aimee, OMIGOD, indeed.
deanna, thank you--i hope ot blog!
jean, thank you and i promise the pacific northwest and canada (is that the pacific southwest in canadian?) is next time!

Nancy said...

Sounds like an exciting journey. I will keep dear Wendy in my thoughts.

india flint said...

safe travels
see you on


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Penny said...

So sorry I cant catch up but we leave Melbourne on the 26th to go to a friends 70th birthday in Queensland. Have a lovely time, probably a bit damp and cold,but what a lovely adventure. You will be well looked after.

Joanne B Kaar said...

Have a fantastic time. We'll all be thinking of you and Wendy.

Barry said...

V-pretty flu schedule; and the shift material looks beautiful in texture and colour. B

Velma said...

penny, so sorry i shan't meet you...i'm there until july 11.
joanne, thank you. one day it will be scotland!
barry, thank you...still hoping you are bettering.

Marilla said...

How exciting to be so close to your great adventure on the other side of the world. Wishing you safe travels and that Wendy will be here when you return. Cheers, Velma.

Velma said...

marilla, thank you, i shall see you at market when i are still doing friday market, right?

mjc said...

I am so excited for you! And I will also keep her Wendiness in my thoughts while you're on a grand adventure.

Velma said...

melissa, nervous and excited here. with all th elove coming to wendy, she should be fine while i'm gone! thank you.

Long Ridge Farm said...

have a wonderful adventure!
Wendy will be there when you return. dogs wait like no other.
and sleep, sleep, sleep on the plane. earplugs, facemask and a glass or two of bubbly!

Velma said...

thanks, nancy, thanks for the wendy words. i will sleep, probably water to drink, though!

Fiona Dempster said...

Travel safe and enjoy the time over will be a wonderful gathering i am sure.

Velma said...

fiona, blessings to you. maybe you and barry and i will meet next time.

Morna said...

The picture of Wendy is tugging at my heart. xo

Velma said...

wendy sends love

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