I just arrived back from a whirlwind trip to Penland School of Crafts.
It is a remarkable, inspiring, and beautiful place. I found that here was something for each moment of the day and the time went by much too quickly. Maggie insists that we are going back next year. Indeed, we will.
In our few days, I found a place to sit,
and lots of doors to open.
I will be teaching a two-week class there next summer on “Experiments in Hand-Sewing: A Study on Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.”
Class registration opens in January, 2012.
“We met on a clearcut while tree planting. It’s kind of a romantic story. I was starting with a new company. I’d been planting for about 3 years by this point. My dad drove me up to camp… I didn’t know anyone in camp. I was working away, my first day there, I was singing – was always singing while I worked – then I heard this other person singing from the next piece of ground over. It was pouring rain and all I could see was this little yellow sou’wester bobbing up and down, this person in a raincoat singing with this amazing voice ‘I’d rather drink muddy water’ Aretha Franklin style. I was singing some Joni Mitchell song. I sort of planted my way over there, and said ‘I like singing while I work too. Wanna sing together?’ That was 1993, I think.”
Samantha Parton - “An Angel Whispered In My Left Ear”
Songs to Sing With: The Harrow & The Harvest
P.S. Catching Song with Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” fame on singing out:
“And now I can say that I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even think about singing. I just sing…
You know? It just comes out. There use to be a point where I would be afraid of making mistakes. I’m no longer afraid of making mistakes. I make them every night during a performance. Something happens: I meant for my voice to go right and it went left instead. I meant for my voice to go up and it goes down, you know. Wherever my voice goes, wherever it takes me I just follow it. I just watch it. It leads me to whatever, you know. I trust it.”
“In the moments you feel really afraid of something, run right into it. When I’ve done that, I’ve learned the most about myself and had the greatest satisfaction.”
Brit Marling from Paper Magazine, Summer 2011
Azzedine Alaïa Interview written by Eric Waroll:
“I was having breakfast with a legend of fashion, yet I witnessed his respectful humanity.”
NATALIE’S PLUM DELIGHT
1 shot vodka
6 crushed plums
Splash of cranberry juice
Splash of fresh lemon juice
Maggie says, “This is going to be the best day ever!”
Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft
From the introduction by our friend Rob Ryan:
“Were you that kind of child that ate your way all around the edge of the hole in the middle of a cookie bit by bit with tiny teeth in little nibbles… I was always busy jumping over and around the cracks in the sidewalk, and I looked up at the spaces in the sky that lay between the shapes made by crisscrossing telephone lines and power cables waiting for a jet plane or a bird to pass perfectly into the center of the frame that I had created in my head. At that instant, I shut my eyes as if they were a camera shutter and captured that moment and made it mine.”
Image above from Hina Aoyama: Chandelier of Cherry Blossoms, 2008.
Mia Pearlman, influx, 2008, paper, India ink, tacks, and paper clips
And I love the black and white work of Beatrice Coron, which reminded me of the beautiful end credits from Lemony Snicket by Jamie Callari:
Cindy Ferguson, Untitled, 2008.
Elsa Mora, detail from Missing Thoughts, 2009.
Inspiration for years to come: Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft