good fibrations

this is
genevieve nordmark's 12.
about dyeing cotton fiber sourced from firehose (see it in the background)
for papermaking.
theh natural dyes were
sourced from
i love hearing from folks in the paper world.
a couple of summers ago i met the amazing genevieve nordmark.
she had fallen in love. with handpapermaking.
 genevieve tried to make it up here to make plant papers...
and may still, hopefully.
she enrolled in a master's program at the esf at syracuse university
she's studying paper 
 she understands the chemistry and physics of fiber and paper.
having a tiny bit of exposure to the industrial side of papermaking
i can only begin to imagine how thoroughly she 
"gets paper".
 genevieve recently contacted me about conducting an interview.
(more about that later)
here's her latest blog post
 on the fiber wire 
about her experiments with natural dyeing on pulp
 and here, 
 here are some photos of the little book
an edition of six
 that she sent me.
 i love this book, and i love how her mind
organized this work
in a much more methodical and scientific way
than i would have. 
it is a 
a fine book.
i like looking through it, over and over, actually!
susan byrd's video of working the kozo into it's pre-spun stage
is visible on facebook
at the paper threads, yarns, and textiles place
in other paper/fiber news:
aimee lee is teaching a winter class at oberlin
she and i are planning to teach
fiber, paper, textile, book, spirit again this year
at the morgan conservarory. 
the dates aren't confirmed just yet.
melissa's show
is something i wish i could see. 
she's been exploring milkweed in a huge way.
it's been cold and wintry and snowy and north country wonderful
they call it lake effect 
big snows blowing off the great lakes
(in this case, lake ontario)
  it's time for a ski!

book in hand

felicity sent me this image
and it's something i really love
so here it is for you, too.
 these two photos are me 
answering questions at revive and renew,
the talk just before the opening reception
tom and diane listen,
diane was one of our students who travelled with 
three (!) border collies
that i got way too little time with.
 behind tom is one half of my large piece
of printed awagami gregory kozo
and behind me is a piece by tatiana ginsberg, 
behind diane, one by pam mckee. 
the show was designed and hung
beautifully by the morgan's mason milani.
i'm still recovering from the trip, 
the bat,
(who tested negative for rabies)
and house and studio maintenance.
i did completely clean out a raised bed
at the new place
pulled out a LOT of weeds and roots and put in old manure
so a fall crop can be planted: 
spinach, four lettuces, kale and two rapes:
fall pleasure.