May coda

Oh. My. Oh. My. Oh. You don’t want to know what these past few days have been like.  But: the web site is finished! Finished!  Except for a lot of meta-tag tweaking; and then, in the fall, a lot more artwork to be photographed and added, oh, and a links page.  During the last three days, in particular, I kept thinking, “Ye gods, I have made somuchwork!” but the truly scary part is that only a percentage is on the site…

 Ironically, the thing I really want – no, need – to do now is to get into the studio and make more: get my hands dirty, make something tactile and tangible, work my body, smell the fiber, touch…yes, the site is a Good Thing, and artists have to live with virtual reality now, but I have just spent way, way, way too much time in it. Enough.

Now, except for oh, a day of more writing, my body will definitely be worked in the (yet again and always, frantic) run-up to the summer teaching road trip that begins in exactly one week. During the web building blitz, Arrowmont called to say my class was full, and did I want to find an assistant?  Serendipity brought the lovely Heather LG Bella to the rescue again; in fact, she was already headed that way.  So, we’ll get to repeat our Penland alliance at Arrowmont, woohoo!

Here’s the skinny on how I’ll spend a good part of tomorrow (which also brings the evening reception for Beaten and Bound) and especially Sunday: what’s happening and who’s doing it at the fabulous Ragdale Day. So many friends, and the weather is supposed to be great: another fine antidote for the past week.

Last but not least, in fact one of the best: I am giving myself a total, indulgent treat after the teaching road trip. I’m heading back to Cleveland in mid-August to take Aimee Lee’s class at the Morgan.  Friends! Hanji! Hands! Hooray!

Working with my hands, 1984. Found in the big box of photos I dug out of storage to scan some for the site.  Haven’t opened it in 15 years (ignore the cigarette):

One thought on “May coda

  1. RAY HOO!!!! that is a gargantuan monkey finally off your back! so excited for everything that is to come now that the staring at the screen portion of your spring is finally over. thanks for the shout-out! can’t wait to see you this summer.

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