Thursday, July 2, 2015

inch by inch

so yesterday in the RAIN that has been so WITH us,
i was on my porch 
and a gray she-fox stopped in the backyard to check out my presence.
m. saw her this morning,
just down from my driveway.
 a healthy fat lady
never seen one closeby before
so she's new in the area.
probably has a litter.
she vanishes in the tall meadow
just like wendy used to.
~~~
playing with iphoto 
after spinning up some lokta
acquired in melbourne on my last visit.
maybe it's those wild colors from helen hiebert
that has me messing around...
i want to have a few new samples for the WSW class.
~~~
working on the edition still
sorting all the tiny
big details
and making shifu
wondering if i still know how
(perhaps i don't)
and remembering how important it is to keep touching that paper-
each time i touch the paper i learn more.
this was a khaki sheet,
not the normal "natural" lokta color
and 
what was a really lovely sheet of paper
is now a murky shifu square.
interesting how spinning transforms the appearance
of a sheet of paper
but doesn't alter the essence of the paper.
here's dard, wearing some simply spun lokta
and when i opened him up
i found immediately a photo of the nepalese
moulds drying on the hillside.
and i was back,
at PBI
decorating a hillside
with nepalese moulds.
as soon as there's a bit of plumbing completed,
wake robin will be making paper.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

a peace

 dragonfly found on my walk
the turtle was here!
vetchling blossom
tendrils and shadows
a place to rest
my neighbor is carving
an owl, perhaps?
long view
working out the envelope for the edition
almost ready 
there have been three work day mornings
and the weekend
since vacation began.
i'm feeling like myself again.
see those leather circle weights?
shanna leino made them.
useful tools, and snazzy, too.
a little buzz that's neither bee or hummingbird:
Grampians Texture, march, 2016. 
i'll be teaching.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

dawn

at 4:20 this morning they began
those morning birds
and they've been at it since.
it's a wee bit calmer now, at 5:43.
the school year has a day and a half left
and since last tuesday no kids in my class
(no exams, though i now work in a school with finals)
~~~
i've met new plants this spring, 
ragged robin is a favorite name
so is vetchling.
~~~
i'm really just checking in to say hey
it's solstice and beautiful
despite the horrors here in the u.s.
(murder escapees closeby, racist crimes, hatred hatred hatred)
i am saying
beauty.
BEAUTY.
joy
JOY.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

feeling all right!

i'm feeling all right!
and particularly grateful 
that this came today.
the summer HANDPAPERMAKING
with a review that i wrote 
about hiroko's amazing book Kigami and Kami-ito.
i was really happy
and honestly
a little scared, too,
when HP editor mina takahashi asked me to write this.
but i am so happy it's in print.
and proud to honor hiroko
who gave me a weekend of her precious time
teaching me paper spinning.
~~~
in today's mail came a wonderful,
colorful box
of overbeaten abaca scraps from 
helen heibert
who offered two boxes
to two artists who had creative solutions
for what could be done with them.
i'm tickled to try 
with these so much fun colors.
(i've always loved working from the scrap bin) 
and this will be especially fun with such spiffy scraps!
~~~
the last day for students was monday,
and already my wonderful t.a. lori
and i have been planning for next year.
in between, though,
we will have a nice summer break.
first thing, 
though,
is to finish my edition
NOVEMBER, A MAP
which i hope to write about here,
soon.

Friday, June 12, 2015

fiber/summer

lovely!
mari yamaguchi newell's work again.
mari included a few goodies in her package
and i am really looking forward to working with these
there were two tiny woven pieces that i bought
and she sent a small old book
for me to spin.
it's wonderful to receive such amazing items
fiber from japan
meets north country
basswood is linden
soon to blossom
must be a dead calf in there
 turkey vultures
there were thunderclouds and lightning flashing around to the north, 
along the big st lawrence river
i've never seen them here before
they seem so intent on being here
avoiding going home while roosting out the storms.
as i prepare for the next things,
my class at women's studio workshop,
i remember this piece made 
by yuko kimura
in last year's morgan class
it was fun to see this over on her website!
oh,
yes, by the way.
 one more day of students.
and a week or so to work after.

Monday, June 8, 2015

checking in

it's been over a week
but so busy
some days very warm, others with a fire burning...
these two startled me
out the living room window
one mostly shed out, 
the other still wearing her ghost coat
 my friend has her funny ones "back ta home"
 school's out for summer 
at their community school
and they return across the road
for summertime.
  it seemed i got the nectar out a little late
but the hummers were around
 through the screen their edges are unclear
 i caught the tip of the tongue
 one eats while another sits on a last year stalk
of black eyed susan
 the news is the turtle egg laying!
i generally see three every morning
big mama snappers
on the road sides
working on laying business
 and this silly teen, like my students
making a lot of noise outside my classroom
 only five more days with students
 lovely plants all along my walks
 seeds, too
 just checking in to let you know
i am still around

the stomach virus was BAD. 

i'm better, mostly.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

in all honesty

in all honesty,
this school year has left me deeply
.........tired........
i've gladly agreed to teach twice this summer
both at places i hold in high esteem.
immediately after school ends i go to the morgan conservatory
to teach with aimee our four day
that class isn't full yet so may be cancelled, 
and i am ambivalent about promoting it.
surely i could just stay home and rest?
but it is so good to be at the morgan!
so do consider this class.
is set to go.
it's a place i have always wanted to visit,
and now i get to do just that, 
paper and spindles in hand.
it will be lovely to be in a new place.
but oh i am tired.
may has been a month of light nursing and has turned
on me so now i'm flu-ish myself.
so i am getting some rest!
the joke is on me because the beautiful old world goes on dancing
and springing.
and once this flu runs its course
all will be fine.
the book project, 
unsurprisingly,
has been on hold this little while.
do you recognize this seed?
sophie has me looking at seeds, bless her.
and do go here
to look at an amazing exhibition
put together by india.

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