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MAKE PAPER

The same weekend as our show opening in Oakland, ProArts hosted its annual open studio tours and we were asked to participate. Jenny Williams, who has facilitated other great workshops at the space arranged for us to lead a papermaking workshop. Though one of us is a meticulous papermaker, some of us are a little more loose with our methods. Also, holding a water-intensive workshop at a bookstore posed a few issues but we brought some prepared kozo fiber, demonstrated ways to use it sculpturally without beating it. We also beat some of the fiber by hand with mallet, pulled tiny sheets, pressed them between boards and brushed them onto the bookstore windows to dry.  Overall, a successful day.

Okra used for formation aid to help the fibers settle in the vat.

Okra used for formation aid to help the fibers settle in the vat.

Liam stands on old woodblock carvings re-purposed as boards to press out water in the new sheets. The sheets are between felts between the boards.

Liam stands on old woodblock carvings re-purposed as boards to press out water in the new sheets. The sheets are between felts between the boards.

kozo fiber wet and ready for beating and an example of what the dried fiber can look like without beating.

kozo fiber wet and ready for beating and an example of what the dried fiber can look like without beating.

brushing sheets to dry on the bookstore windows as andy works outside.

brushing sheets to dry on the bookstore windows as andy works outside.

Wintertime Views Out the Window

Oh, the quiet of January as I unpack hastily assembled boxes, and take stock of what I have. I bound myself a new datebook, filled in my calendar, and started making my workspace, well, workable.  When I was at Penland this summer, I was lucky to convince a few amazing folks to trade their work for a year of letterpress postcardsErin Curry printed on silk and Georgina Trevino, took a break from her jewelry design to try out some etchings and traded me one mint green lovely.  Also, Constance Metcalf gave me a panel of handmade paper, inspired by a process shown to me by Amy Jacobs.  All together, my windows are little fancied up. Also, with some help, I finally hung a lamp over my desk so I can see what I am doing at night.

January (in California) is great for walking.  Andy discovered a sci-fi themed cafe near out house with coffee and 5 or 6 pinball machines.  There's lots I want to do but it is nice to take a walk every day too, and see what is out there.

etching by georgina trevino

etching by georgina trevino

etching by erin curry on silk on the left, panel of paper by constance on the right

etching by erin curry on silk on the left, panel of paper by constance on the right

through the window as the sun goes down

through the window as the sun goes down

light over the work table! small victories 2015!

light over the work table! small victories 2015!