Sunday, March 26, 2017

a week in the mountains

the season turned while at gareward,
which may be misspelled, apologies,
but is the earlier name
for the grampian mountains surrounding hall's gap.
where i taught a six day master class.
big wind, rain, fog, cool,
refreshing cool.





we made paper from
abaca, hemp, red hot poker, papyrus, new zealand flax
once i set them up
and admonished them repeatedly about mould care,
i could walk away
because these artists had magic hands.
i don't think i have even one photo of the mill
where socialist paper was pulled for three days
(thanks to frank brannon via aimee lee for the concept)
before private paper pieces were constructed
some students continued working as teams
making sample sets of inclusions and other ideas.
inside the mural room we did dry work
structures, 
spinning kami-ito, 
weaving shifu, 
unfortunately i took few photographs
(students, feel free to send me some of yours, i would love to post them)
andrew brought in his book 
begun three years ago in his first class with me.
robyn made a special sketch book for the class
i walked the room one day after clean up
just to record the students,
foolish because they were mostly gone.
this is the working cartoon for the mural



we made beautiful marks on paper
kathy's work was stunning
colleen made marks with special brushes
she brought along



xanthorea and ocher ink stick
robyn prepped samples for us all
immediately behind my cabin was a rich ecotone
the stump guards the gully
my window was directly to the right of the stump
and one morning i heard rustling
and watched as a wallaby inched along the precipitous path
just below that stump,
seeing first the nose and then head and finally amazed that those
longlegs could maneuver on the slope.
quietly s/he moved, unaware of my eyes
above and behind the shielding screen


evidence: kangaroo
the work of brian, colleen's husband,
who was in another 6 day master class with desiree fitzgibbon
karen's shifu book sculpture begins to take shape
karen also made the tiniest blizzard book i've seen.

and that's all the photos (more or less)
i took, it was a busy busy time.
many repeat students-
such an honor as a teacher.
and because i am don't have to rush home like a crazy woman
back to school
we had one last get together day at my host anne newton's home
and adele outeridge, with her lovely daughter stopped in!
here is adele and me with anne newton above.
what a great day!
i leave early tomorrow morning for 
brisbane, 
vancouver, 
ottawa, 
and home.

9 comments:

onesmallstitch said...

I'll wave to you as you pass over. Safe journey.

Ms. said...

What vistas, what pleasures, what wonderful works. I'm jealous, no just envious. Thank you for sharing.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i'll wave back.
michelle, you're welcome, and apologies for not posting much while in australia...i was so busy!

Penny said...

So lovely to catch up, if on.y for a few minutes. Glad you had a good time.

Velma Bolyard said...

penny, yes, it certainly was. take good care.

Mo Crow said...

what a wonderful photo essay, love Colleen's handmade brushes!

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, aren't they so sweet? she is so innovative! i'm in melbourne airport on my first leg of the going home trip.

Barry said...

V - looks like a beautiful place to teach; and looks like the students had a lot of creative fun. Long trip home - hope it is not too exhausting. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

hey, barry, i made it home after too many hours, but i AM home, safe and sound.

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