The Sunday Paper #315
June 6, 2020
Sometimes when I post an image, the colors get electrified, and I’m not sure why. I have to say though, that these brighter colors work for my mood this week. I’m feeling the need to do something proactive about the state of our country. While I figure this out, here’s some old work that feels relevant. Each of these watermarked broadsides (created in 2017) features a word that is meant to provoke thought and perhaps action, Click through and scroll down to read a bit more about each word.
I am making a piece to hang above our dining room table. It’s only taken me seven years. I’ll post again when it is in place – I still have to figure out the best way to suspend it, so don’t hold your breath! This is 10 double-couched sheets of abaca with embedded copper wire. I stitched them together on my sewing machine.
I’m promoting artists here on the blog to help them replace some of their income during the pandemic. Please reach out if you have a paper product to sell that you think my readers will enjoy.
I have been thinking about oral histories (in relation to my podcast, Paper Talk). When I am doing an interview, I am usually busy thinking about what to ask next and the flow of the conversation, so I often miss things that are said (I do record the interviews). And sometimes I forget things too. A friend and colleague listened to my recent conversation with Sarah Brayer and pointed out that she mentioned Emma Amos, who died a couple of weeks ago. Amos explored the politics of culture, racism and sexism in her work, which often included handmade paper, printmaking, collage and weaving.
I’ve been teaching online for four years now, and here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (perhaps you’ve wondered about these things too).
My online class Paper + Light is now enrolling, and we’ve got a great group forming from around the US, Canada and Europe. This is one of the fun things about an online class. You can join from anywhere in the world! And the online classroom is a special place where we share what we’re creating, ask questions and comment on each other’s work.
The News from Here:
Yesterday, I finally got in the pool, with social distancing in place: one person to a lane; reduced locker room capacity; etc. It felt good and strange at the same time.
My first Papermaking Master Class was supposed to be taking place right now. Instead, I have refunded all participants. I do hope that we can gather next year! If you’re interested in my master classes, you can read more here. Click on Apply Now at the bottom if you’d like more information when I reschedule these classes.
That’s all I’ve got this week. Be kind, stay well, promote peace and make art my friends!
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