Visit to Claire Maziarczyk’s Studio
As I mentioned in this post, I was planning a trip to Claire Maziarczyk’s studio this past Saturday.
I had the BEST time.
The trip to Niskayuna, NY was about 3 hours and 20 minutes each way. Overall, the ride wasn’t that bad – apparently I had brought just the right mix of CD’s for the trip. It’s just that last hour when you’re almost home that it seems like every minute is about 100 years in length.
Claire is such a sweetheart and you can tell that she really loves her work. I asked her lots of questions – ones that I’m sure she has answered a thousand times over – and she did so with a smile on her face. It really does make a difference when you meet the maker of a handmade object – it totally transforms how you look at it.
I keep trying to figure out the right words to describe my visit, but instead I just keep looking at my pictures. I’ll let the pictures tell the story. Well, except to say that I love looking through other people’s paper drawers.
Here are some pictures of her studio:
It was hard picking out paper to take home with me – every time I thought that I had everything settled, I’d find yet another “most beautiful paper ever”. I finally selected 15 sheets to join my paper family.
Here are some pictures of the paper I bought (a.k.a. Meet my new babies):
I am also a proud owner of one of Claire’s swatch books. Now I can drool over her papers from the comfort of my own home.
In my next post, I’ll talk about her exhibit Pastepaper Quilts at the Robert and Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady Jewish Community Center.