Just back from New York with the new collection and new photos for the new book. (More photos coming soon.)
See you at the DooNanny this weekend…
And don’t forget to vote for Alabama Chanin Studio Store on the TreeHugger Best of Green Reader’s Choice.
Thanks to Eric and all the folks @Etsy for the lovely new film on Butch. I love John Henry’s song:
Blessed to have Lucinda Williams’ newest playing in the studio.
(Thanks to Kim for sending us great new releases from Lost Highway.)
“Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.” – Charles Simic
(Thank YOU, Kate.)
This morning I was looking through Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Collections of the Smithsonian Museum and this afternoon found the list photographed above on my grocery cart.
On my list today:
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Those who want to help further can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.
Can you help me compile a list in the comments of other ways to help?
Thanks to everyone at Athens State University for hosting me last night (and for the lovely dinner).
Sunday morning in the garden and seeds are starting to sprout.
In the autumn of last year, I was contacted by a New York University professor from the Liberal Studies department named Jessamyn Hatcher. She had gotten my email address from our mutual friend Sally Singer and wanted to know if we would be willing to discuss a field trip that she was planning with her 30+ students from the Dean’s Circle, a University Scholars program.
Her email explained that the “theme for the 2010-2011 Dean’s Circle and Colloquium is ‘The Price of Fashion: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the Global Garment Trade.’ The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire occurred on March 25, 1911, in what is now the Brown building. 146 people, most of who were between the ages of 16 and 21, died while manufacturing women’s blouses. Next year will mark its 100th anniversary, and we will use the anniversary as an occasion to explore issues surrounding the world garment trade, from mass production in sweatshops to the runways of the world’s fashion capitols to the ‘slow design’ movement.”
While I was fascinated by Jessamyn’s inquiry, in the first moment I wondered how a workshop could function with 30+ students in our studio. My fears were unfounded.
Several weeks ago, the group arrived and the experience was one of wonder, exploration and pleasure. Following a two day workshop in our studio, the students moved on to Rural Studio in Greensboro, Alabama, to continue their journey.
Jessamyn joked at one point how many of her colleagues had asked, “Why aren’t you going to Paris?”
The lovely thank you notes from the (18 – 20 year-old) students below explains it all. I hope that the students don’t mind that I have shared their observations about our world. I am appreciative to look at our work, our staff and our world through fresh eyes.
(And to have found a new friend in Jessamyn!)