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.
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
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.
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!
thursday we drove to bangor, maine to stay the night before changing configurations,
cars and people
for friday's trip downeast to the coast and route one, and portland, first
visiting the farnsworth museum to see some wonderful work (andrew wyeth!)
and then to portland for a fun evening.
saturday we went to bowdoin to the arctic museum just barely missing an exhibition of arctic clothing which opens in two weeks. i asked a worker how long it would be up and he said for "a while" so maybe i will see it next time i'm here. i did see beautiful work themed around people and birds, saw artifacts from peary's expeditions, also saw some big animals and tools and beautiful sewn boots. the arctic work is deeply moving, so much is conserved and used, tiny stitches to make boots watertight, small lashings and mends on a huge sledge, tethers and lashes holding tools together, needs must.
on sunday we checked out of the rather down at the heels hotel and went to the book arts bazaar at the university of southern maine, a yearly event organized by rebecca goodale and attended by so many friends, old and new. i asked hannah to help me out, which she graciously did. i just love the interactions of folks around me and of the positive energy around book arts and people who love books, there were artist of all ages, including students. this is a good event in every way. i caught up with so many terrific people, and one of my new nest/basket/shifu books found a home with special friends.
martha kearsley and photos of the book arts bazaar
and today i am practicing square space, because my taskmaster of a daughter says it's time to migrate over to squarespace for good. so, soon i will shut down the blogger blog and work entirely from here. be prepared as i navigate that change (all of you who know me know that technological change is excrutiating for me). but this is my view from here, not bad...bar harbor and the college of the atlantic their logo here, an iconic seal of their principals: human, earth, water.
do feel free to let me know how you all feel about square space and the new site.