I’m going to Haystack!
I am thrilled to announce that I was accepted into a book arts workshop this summer at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts! Haystack has been on my Places I Want to Take Classes before I Die list for a number of years now.
I’ll be attending The Transparent Book: Working with Layering, Transparencies, and Overlays with Sas Colby.
Here’s the workshop description from the Haystack website:
Transparency, whether in a book or two-dimensional artwork, elicits mystery, elegance, and complexity. In this workshop we will write and draw on evocative materials such as vellum, rice paper, tracing paper, silk organza, and film. We will experiment with pencil, ink, stitches, and transfer techniques on these diverse materials, layering our works into a complex palimpsest of pages. Several bindings, including the Coptic stitch, will be demonstrated. A lively interactive class process will include writing exercises and discussions of metaphor and symbolism to develop content for our books.
We’re supposed to bring an assortment of transparent materials with us – this is going to be a fun mission. Since I’ll be driving and not flying, I have no weight limit. Of course, I have a car limit, but I’ve decided to pretend that I don’t know that yet.
I understand that they have limited internet access at Haystack, so I may not be able to blog during my stay. 🙁 I’m going to investigate it further because I really enjoy blogging my way through workshops.
This news couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m not going to get into the details, but this has been a rather blechy year for me on a personal level. When I didn’t get into PBI, I was really heartbroken and I was a bit reluctant to even apply for Haystack. I’m glad I finally decided to send in my application! [begin corny go-for-the-gold statement]
So for those of you who have the blechs, don’t give up trying for things you want – you may be pleasantly surprised! [end corniness]