feeling fragile as spring emerges

this spring i feel fragile, vulnerable, and a bit tired, which explains why i'm not here as much as i would like to be. there is nothing horrible happening to me personally, except in the world of politics, which may be the end of the world, who knows? ok, so there are horrible things happening, all over the place. how do we then live? how do we hope, and make babies, and art? and why do we do it with the specter of despair nosing into the going about of our days? i don't really have more than questions this morning. but i do have this: at dusk yesterday the peepers and woodcock were keeping time like they do every spring. i woke to early and strong sunshine and robins leading the chorus. i live in a place more beautiful than belief, though it's not easy to get by here. i count these amazing blessings and feel rich beyond my deserving.

Paper Clouds in New Hampshire

Nancy Zeller reminded me that my Paper Clouds class at Long RIdge Farm needs a little publicity, and where better to do that than here, on the new site?

Do you know Long Ridge Farm? Well, let me tell you that this is a gem of a workshop site, nestled in the sountern New Hampshire mountains. We work in a very tidy sheep barn (the sheep are out on their pastures all summer long) with wide open windows with woods, hiking trails, a milkweed patch maintained for monarch butterflies, pastures, stone walls, red ochre farm buildings... it's a exactly what you think of when you imagine a New England farm. We will make paper and kami-ito and shifu, as well. Here's the blurb from LongRidge, but do go over to the website and look around. Long Ridge is a treasure

Date/Time
Dates: Aug 10 - Aug 13 , 2017 - day(s)
9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.

The alchemy of processing a plant, fiber, rag, into paper is an ancient, beautiful, and eminently practical thing to do, for with paper we can record our stories, make books and boats, make cloth and vessels, lamps to light the world. Paper as substrate, paper as medium, paper as archive are all eventualities; first we will make beautiful papers. You will make paper, experiment with pulps, explore a plethora of ways in which to make objects, be it a book or a cloth from your paper. Students will be able to make at least one book to hold samples of your work.

cotton pants paper with book covered with the cloth

cotton pants paper with book covered with the cloth

milkweed paper

milkweed paper

stacks of handmade paper

stacks of handmade paper

making milkweed paper

making milkweed paper

If you've wanted a chance to make lots of paper AND learn to make stuff with your handmade papers, this will be the class for you. I promise you will have many papers and even more ideas and technical prowess to use your paper in ways you never thought of. We will spin and weave our papers, too, making kami-ito and shifu, and a book or two. Please join us!

three books made with handmade and contact printed papers

three books made with handmade and contact printed papers

here's a single signature booklet with lots of handmade sheets, stitched with natural dyed silk

here's a single signature booklet with lots of handmade sheets, stitched with natural dyed silk