Sunday, September 13, 2015

glorious chaos

the glorious chaos that is 
a community papermaking project.
the energy was very, very good
 todd making milkweed paper
 esthela and todd looking carefully
and chief cook and organizer
sarah barber
the genius behind the planted poems project
(a collaborative arts project with the community and the university)
 hannah brought in some more pulp
leftover from drew matott's visit
and we added badger pulp to our vats
 abaca soaking, 
and a nepalese mould holding 3/4 inch 
of badger pulp
leftover from the week of public papermaking on campus
and at TAUNY.
 we had rain for the first time in ages
so we pressed sheets
and took them home to dry.
 next to the porch the ground is a little roughed up
that was my fiber garden
long ago
 the community got into it
and here's my little arnold grummer press
doing duty
(it's a lot easier
 to cart around than my iron book press)
my dear friend
sent me this
so sweet-i walk by my work table and see this
we had parent orientation thursday night
and the sky was dancing with the promise of rain
 before, though,
we had a foggy but clear morning
sparkling from the heavy dew
 and this is the wetland i travel through
on my way to school
 the air was charged with life
and light
 and so was i.
sunday, a little r & r 


aimee said...

oooooh!!!! so jealous of the papermaking but mostly more happy about it all. the wetlands pics are stunning. can't believe it's already fall for all of us.

Velma Bolyard said...

aimee, don't be too jealous, remember when teaching one only demos, and i really didn't make much paper, sigh! of course if you had been here you could have been making lots of paper!

Mo Crow said...

love the subtle colours of your process and space

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, the colors right now flash between subtle and flamboyant. it's that time of year.

Anonymous said...

love that glorious chaos - wish I was close enough to participate. Beautiful landscape, the light is changing.

therese said...

gorgeous EVERYTHING....what an exceptionally-uplifting post ~ soooooo happy for you !!

neki desu said...

what a special light.fall light is the best as it subtly brings out the colors

Felicity said...

that looks like such fun!! I would love to try papermaking.

And I am jealous of your autumn as we are swinging back into hot weather here.

btw what is badger pulp?? where any badgers harmed in its making?

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, yes, me, too! maybe if i get out to your neck of the woods we can make paper!
therese, you would have loved it! and loved the conversation.
neki, i totally agree. maybe it's so precious because it's leaving?
felicity, yes, it's lovely, and you do remember that in a few months i could be complaining of 30 below 0.

Roxanne said...

Those landscape images, perfectly compliment the art of paper making. I could see every blade of grass somewhere in a page - sorta like a cloud. Thanks for sharing.

Velma Bolyard said...

roxanne, thanks for noticing the images, that's exactly what i was after!

Barry said...

Hi V - beautiful early morning images - like water colours. The paper making looks like a heap of fun. So rewarding to see the sheets appear. Enjoy. B

Velma Bolyard said...

felicity, badger pulp is the mix of all the pulps at the end of the day/week in a mill--all of the extra stuff is put in one vat and badger paper is pulled.
barry, yes, i love being out in the cool golden air early enough to see such beauty

Fiona Dempster said...

love the post title and the spirit! Those landscape shots are such good reminders of the seasons...

Roxanne said...

I wear a bead called "the end of the day bead" on a necklace that was a gift from a stranger. The bead is made from all the fallen shards of glass into something blended and beautiful- like badger paper.

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, you would love the light here this time of year, it's so amazing
roxanne, that is so cool. is it melted to fuze it together?

Roxanne said...

Yes, Velma. It is melted into a brand new bead, emphasizing the value of "bits."

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