These are tests I am excited about, but the why doesn’t photograph well: yet.
Hello, February! A groundhog out in Chicago today would find nice diffused white winter light and soft fluffy snow gently falling. I’ve had a sweet productive work week and after one more (odd )session today, I’ll hit a natural pausing point. Sunday, I’ll ready the studio for some ‘meanwhile’ projects that can happen while other work goes on, and then it’s time to focus on that other work.
A fridge and a fridge: winter is wonderful for keeping pulp fresh for extended periods: three 5 gallon buckets stayed very cold, enclosed in pink insulation scraps.
January was an entire month of almost no admin, except a wee bit by e-mail: a lovely long breath of fresh crisp air. But admin really never ends, so a couple of days of keyboard action will commence on Monday, then I’ll move on to my next two house projects. My reward will be more useful, pleasing space and more sweet studio time (I postponed the project I have slated for my backyard kozo, so that’s to look forward to).
This part of the bindery is an armature-building station for awhile.
Paper studio configured for double-pulp, small-sheet day; below, adjusted for stack dryer unloading the next day: 12 hours to thin flat sheets.
In this new, extended way of working, I’ve ‘finished’ nothing – though several pieces were stopped at certain stages to become new, improved class samples. My studios are absolutely wonderful but still small, so there’s always a pause to clear out after one process and set up for the next. As we draw closer to spring and extended light, I’ll have a mass dyeing session that will complete these and other new projects. I’m not only making experimental pieces, but am also exploring known processes in greater depth, and testing new processes, materials and equipment (and doing a lot of thinking as well). Today’s photos: random views from the past wee while.