Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Working Vacation in New Mexico

Last week, I taught a 4 1/2 days workshop at Ghost Ranch Art Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. ghostranch.org  I had an hour or so to walk around Santa Fe, and found some beautiful hollyhocks, plus a few interesting sights.

This shop made me feel like I was in the Middle East.

I was surprised to find a Japanese coffee roaster in Santa Fe.

Good old New Mexico clay in the bottom of
Box Canyon,  Ghost Ranch.

Formed into a little pot.  It will be interesting to fire it.

Rabbitbrush is a traditional Hopi basketry material.

2 versions of Shikainami (Ocean Waves) in reed.

My students made some lovely baskets!
9 out of 10 were beginners.  Can you believe it?

a basketry knot on a rock.  First attempt on the right, 2nd on the left.
So that was Tues, Weds., and Thurs.  On Friday and Sat. I switched gears to teach shifu (paper cloth) preparation and weaving, Donna style.  (I deviate from

I copied the poem, What If, by Ganga White onto a 1/2 sheet of Thai Unryu.
What If?
A Poem by Ganga White
What if our religion was each other?
If our practice was our life?
If prayer was our words?
What if the Temple was the Earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water—the rivers, lakes and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the Teacher was life?
If wisdom was self-knowledge? If love was the center of our being.
Student work

folded, starting to cut up to the upper fold line.

You can use a rotary cutting system, or

old fashioned scissors.

You open it up, and roughen up the paper prior to spinning.
Tearing the paper into a continuous strip.

Spinning with a handmade drop spindle,          

or a battery powered drink mixer.  (Just 2 of many spinning techniques.)

Student spinning-a variety of paper, paper yarn, and paper raffia

to be continued...

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