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
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 
and home.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

letter from Australia,
dear friends,
i am flat out and mostly unconnected
but loving my classes and students here.
the first week i settled in 
at Anne Newton’s eagle’s eyrie
and set to making pulp with 
anne and Barb Adams in preparation for
the papermaking masterclass at grampians texture.
then i traveled to Geelong to stay with Wendy Warren, 
teaching shifu at Mary-Jane Walker’s School of Lost Arts,
a lovely historic house in Geelong.
off to Cape Otway to see
and hear the song of the great southern sea
and respite in the bush.
there, i saw wallaby, panda, and so many birds…
as well as resting and thinking and making some lovely prints.
a one day TAFE class, similar to American extension or adult ed classes,
only organized with a certificate program
where 15 of us ages 15 to older than me
made shifu all day long.
back on the train to Melbourne
helped by three at risk teens who were lovely, charming, and full of stories
who told me about their journeys through 
the labyrinth of teen years.
and now i am at the Grampians Texture 
teaching a 6 day master class.
more news to come, but we are in day three today.
whirlwind and no internet when i have time to write,

but here are some photos:

i will try to add captions later, promise!

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