Spent most of today pulping up recycled papers for the 7th grade art classes at Batesville Middle School. I’ll be spending the week with them starting Monday.
We’ll do two days of basketry using the twining technique and rattan reed. Then a day with recycled pulp – sheet formation. A day of paper sculpture over wire armatures (that they have ready to use). And the final day using cotton pulp pulling sheets and ‘drawing pictures’ with some of the colored recycled pulp that is left. Maybe even slip in some shaping over balloons.
This past weekend I attended a workshop taught by Mary Hettmansperger from Peru, IN on Woven Metal Jewelry. I’ve known Mary for years through our common basketry interest and it is just wonderful watching her branch out into other areas. She is just too creative for words!
Working with metals was quite fun – there were torches and rivets and hammers and anvils …. oh, my! LOL! Great fun playing with the coloration you can get on copper with heat and the texturing you can achieve with very little effort.
What was really good from my perspective is that I was able to use stuff that I’ve been saving for years (not really knowing why I was saving the stuff but figuring it was too good to throw away). I have a roll of copper flashing that my Dad had collected – with the tar paper still on the back of it – that is at least 30 years old. Pretty cool to see it all flame up and disappear (the tar and paper) while torching it. Lovely colors on it, too, from the heat.
Most of what I ‘produced’ I am envisioning on the covers of new journals that I need to make soon. I think the coppers and my handmade papers will go well together.
…. That’s the title of the latest audio book that I listened to. The setting is the turmoil of Papua New Guinea in the early 90s – which caught my interest since my recent trip there. It is the story of “modernity’s creeping advance on an indigenous population through the eyes of a young girl.” It kept my attention, once it got going. But the pace was certainly an island pace.