The last official week of summer was spent helping our youngest get ready for school while recovering from another surgery. Here’s hoping that sets her up for a better year ahead.
This week was the first week of classes. This semester I have picked up some extra work, so I am teaching 5 classes at 3 different colleges. The college i usually teach at treats their adjuncts very well, but one of the new colleges has pretty much abandoned me to sink or swim. I am glad i have so much experience under my belt or it could have been disastrous rather than just stressful. I also scheduled a workshop one evening this week. I survived, but it was a pretty foolish thing to do to myself!
And around packing and hospitals and teaching I also squeezed in time for the last festival of the summer
And to finish up a new installation for the faculty show at the college where I usually teach. The curator took this nice picture of me at work.
Actually the weather is still very lovely, summer is not really over quite yet, so I am hoping I might be able to make some paper from plants from the garden before the sun slips away. And I have some new projects on the go in the studio.
But first, coffee in the sunshine on the porch.
Firstly, eek! Where has summer gone? It seems like suddenly it is time to write lesson schedules and plan for a new term. It also means it is almost time to install a new work for a faculty show at one of the colleges where I teach. So that’s mostly what I have been tinkering with this week. Having thought about this work all summer and procrastinated, I am now nervous and uncertain about whether it’s going to work. Stay tuned I guess!
Last week, rather on a whim I went to look at a house. It got me thinking about the future. We have lived in our house for over 20 years, and I still love it as much as the first time I saw it. But, it is a large house, maybe a little too big now the last of our children is getting ready to marry and leave the nest. We live in a great neighborhood, convenient to our jobs, but we have been thinking about making a change. Maybe it would be nice to mark this transition in our lives with a new, smaller home, with more room for our toys in out buildings. And thinking about a new home has got me thinking about where I want to take other parts of my life, and I have been dreaming about different futures. Dreaming big dreams. Thinking about change is big and scary, but I don’t want the next phase of our life together to run on autopilot, so I think it is time to get out the journals and give it some serious thought.
That house was beautiful, but way too much, even though I could imagine myself living there, I also realized I want to simplify my domestic life and make more time to spend experiencing life and making art.
It feels like change is coming!
This week finally feels like summer, something has subtly changed and I feel the weight lifting. The week began with a journal workshop with a summer reading program. We made paste papers using natural materials and then made nature journals using a simplified stab binding. Here I am at work!
Tuesday I hosted a wonderful group of creative ladies at my studio. Together we made recycled long stitch journals, drank tea and coffee, and had fun! Here they are at the end of their workshop with their finished books.
Today I needed to go to Chautauqua Institution to make some small changes to those chalkboard menus. It was a glorious summer day here with a brisk breeze off of the lake, just perfect! After that I took in a lecture at the hall of philosophy on ethics in the visual arts. I ended my morning by looking at the shows at the Strohl And Kellogg galleries. I saw some fabulous art, and I returned home refreshed with the well filled.
This afternoon was spent doing paperwork, cleaning the studio again and getting work ready for this weekend’s festival, “A Stir of Artists” in Bemus Point. Hope this beautiful weather holds!
Most of this week was spent on production binding for the 4th annual Bookfest at Western NY Book Arts Center. I also experimented with a few more long stitch word bindings.
Yesterday I spent a great day under my tent at Bookfest. I met some wonderful new people, saw some old friends and past professors from my time at UB, sold a few books and taught a mini workshop. If you are looking for the tutorial, it should be up later tonight.
Today I am exhausted! I did a few paste paper experiments for a workshop tomorrow and added some type to a few more brown paper lunch bag journals (another festival next weekend).
Now I am laying on the couch in the air conditioning, and I think a nap may well be in my future!
Yesterday was a wash, another day of driving and hospitals and I spent most of today working on the next exhibit at the gallery. Then I headed out to an opening at the college where I teach. It’s a great show of art department alumni, so I got to see some artists I studied with as a student there, and some of my past students, as well as colleagues and friends. It really brightened up a grey rainy day.
I did squeeze in a little late night work in the studio. Like many of you this link came across my news feed several times this week. The image of the “love” binding stuck in my head, and then today I ran across some variegated rainbow crochet thread, so I had to try making one! I just used a paper cover while I worked it out, and I am pretty happy with it!!
Week 2 was interrupted by camping. A couple of days in the woods with a good friend. And then a host of international counselors came to stay for the holidays. I did a little dabbling, but no serious work. On Sunday there was a lull, so I broke out a new Keith Smith book and decided to spice up making functional books for festivals by expanding my repertoire.
I got to use some handmade paper, some hand dyed paper and some paste papers, and lots of paper from my leftovers box. It was so much fun I am going to keep on trucking. I completed all the one section options with variations, so I am onto two section sewing.
Today I had to spend a few hours hanging out at the gallery waiting for artists to pick up and drop off work. I took along supplies to do some page meditations.