Friday, June 17, 2016

four more

there are four more days of work.
we're tying up loose ends.
but first i am meeting with the amazing genevieve lapp.
we are intergenerationality,
 two papermakers, 25 years apart,
working on an exquisite paper
to add to hand papermaking's 
30th anniversary portfolio.
here's some 25 year old thai kozo soaking
overnight in cold water
 and the after cooking 
and final rinse
it's ready for genevieve.
she has some experimenting to do
after i teach her
the process of contact printing
on paper.
MANY pages
and another hemp bark book vessel in the works
and those four days?
i am astonished by the many and thoughtful presents
coming my way
from colleagues 
(here a parcel from our favorite substitute, mo, who 
stepped into TA shoes twice 
while i travelled 
to oz).
you can't quite see 
the lovely BIG chocolate and caramel treat.
i've been hugged by students, and a parent,
(you know who you are, s)
thank you all my friends.
this here woman sure feels loved.


  1. The new next part of your life is already looking amazing, and like part of a natural trajectory - have a great time!

  2. I'm wishing you all the best, Velma. I can only imagine how much you will be missed by all who have had the privilege of working with you.

  3. I am so looking forward to the next chapter of your journey, loving those little hemp vessels. x te

  4. lee, it will be, i hope. how's the ankle?
    stephanie, that part is surprising me!
    trace, me, too! see you soon i hope.

  5. dream on!

  6. mo, well, at my advanced age i snore when i dream. but the dreams are good...

  7. V- hope the wind down goes well; and the re-emergence is peaceful and creative. Go well. B

  8. resurfacing from the land of the too busy to even breath.
    by now you must already be jubilantly retired.enjoy the first couple of days because pretty soon you'll wonder if you really retired.


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