Sunday, May 27, 2018

PBI: the second bit

 Mary Hark is one of my papermaking heroes.
she prepared the paper studio for us by hanging beautiful Ghanaian indigo textiles
 and her sample table was festooned with gorgeous papers and other treasures.
i didn't take a before photo, 
but below is how it looked after three days, 
when much paper had gone home with other people. 
 love this turtle motif
and after we had paper air drying on screens 
you can see these wise cloths presiding.
we made dimensional and thick flax paper in Mary's class
 Mary read from this book, which i found online and is a treasure for sure
 the screen mends around Ox Bow made me happy
 so did the closest lavatory to the paper studio
located in the glass studio

 Mary presenting the flowering indigo vat to us.
 the right hand indigo dyeing is my shifu.
 it got three indigo and one black walnut immersions, 
shown here oxidizing after the first indigo
 there is an OxBow bathroom fairy who left us flowers
 Untying shibori
Giselle's dots/holes
 Mary continued spinning kami-ito after taking my class
 our two classes did seem to complement each other
 Mary was generous with ideas about color and texture in and on our 
and we responded with enthusiasm, 
despite continual rain and cool weather, 
so that drying was a true challenge.
 Andrea of course was helping orchestrate the paper magic.
 Many of us in Mary's class made a little edition of "quilt squares"
which were dyed in the indigo vat
 and tied corner to corner
 to make our class auction piece 
(PBI auctions support scholarship students, 
of which I was once one before blogging and this inter world)
 it's a long piece
 and John DeMerritt's class built a home for it
 a lovely presentation box.
I heard it raised more than $1000 in the auction!
 GO US!!!
Erin Fletcher embroidered the title on the box
Did I mention they made this box in ONE day?
 a piece Mary wrote for an edition for Minnesota Center for Book Arts
that I loved.
 the second class presentation show and tell night

 Beatrice Cordon's class cut up a lot of stuff and made stories 
 they had a fantastic time, much laughter was heard from their classroom.
 our table
 Chela Metzger's class
 of course there was printed work, which i seem to have not photographed.
 from my class, and completed in John's, a shifu portfolio!

 and later that night we visited the studios of OxBow staff,
all of whom appear to be crazy artists, too.

 and back home I found I had energy again.
i've spent lots of time in the yard and garden tidying and hauling and making beautiful
and at Home we had a tiny adventure. 
we came upon a child of god he was... 
he was...
a garter snake eating a leopard frog.
i was so excited I barely got a photo.

 snake was only about 24 inches long, and this frog was going to fill up an empty gut for sure.

Friday, May 25, 2018

PBI, the first bit

i'm back home.
it was fabulous.
this sculpture lives beside the path to the paper studio.
 and here's the lagoon where OxBow lives 
 the leaves emerged while we were there,
 (so did the ticks)
 i had limited class time
three hours for each of two classes for four days.
 fortunately this crowd is very skilled
even if they're not spinners and weavers.
 the paper studio was our base,
and we made kami-ito and flax paper on day one.

 at the back sink is the whirlwind of energy called Andrea Peterson.
Andrea runs the paper studio here at Ox Bow 
and was pure pleasure to work with, 
anticipating and planning and being a huge help.
(and she hauls the heavy stuff of papermaking around seemingly tirelessly)

 one of the scholarship students Reilly
brought an analytical-sciency type mind to the class
and with Andrea and I we discovered interesting coloring capabilities
combining kakishibu and black walnut.
 behind Debbie is the wonderful table Andrea and OxBovinians made
for hand beating fiber.
It worked fab for pre-spinning our kami-ito.
 Spinning happened at night in the cabins.
Here's Mary, Julie and Heather
 Giselle's footwear, and spinning kami-ito with a nifty and economical Louet spindle.
 cut up
 in a short time frame like this I demonstrate proper attachment, 
but sanction knot tying.
because we need to keep moving forward.

 some original loom construction occurred 

 all the while during days one and two we made flax paper,
me saying make thick sheets and they making thin sheets.
Andrea keeps the drying system working.
 flax papers
 it was chilly the whole time, 
but not unbearabe. 
and when it became challenging,
we found a warm place, a fire, a heater or a sleeping bag to refire the faint body.
Heather added in some lovely green paper (and today I can't remember its name)
 Celia had fine skills, a love of textiles, and the best clothes.
 grabbing some sunshine
 Mary's swatch
 she knitted with these needles after knitting with my long weaving needles first.
 kaki on kami-ito
dyeing by Reilly
 do you see this?
 holey indigo flax paper
 painting with black walnut
 record keeping
 "friendship bracelet" of another kind
 other textile treatments

 swatches and sampling

 one of my two Toronto-based students James spinning on the bobbin winder
Celeste's diamond
(always keep a diamond in your mind)
an innovative structure for showcasing kami-ito 
 and the big show and tell night
 rock stars all.

 well, i'm exhausted. 
the four days ended and then I had my chance as student in Mary Hark's class.
that will be the next post. 

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