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I’m going to Haystack!

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts logoI 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]

8 Responses to “I’m going to Haystack!”

By Clara - 17 April 2010 Reply

So excited for you! You should certainly be excited. Sounds like a wonderful class, and I look forward to seeing photos and reading your commentary. No pressure 😉

By Elissa - 19 April 2010 Reply

Clara –

I’m pretty sure that they don’t have wireless in the dorms, but they do have internet in the library. I’ll probably have to write my posts in Word and then copy & paste them to my blog later. If there’s a way to make it work, I’m going to do it!

Elissa

By gerri - 18 April 2010 Reply

fabulous! have a great time!

By Elissa - 19 April 2010 Reply

Gerri –

I plan to! 🙂

Elissa

By Kelly - 18 April 2010 Reply

Elissa – such serendipity…I just read your kind post on my “doing things that scare me” list and followed your link to your blog, which I love. Guess what? I’ll be in Sas Colby’s class with you at Haystack?! How cool is that? Like you, I can’t wait, and now, it’ll be great to know someone else there. A colleague from Pyramid Atlantic is assisting, Kieu Lam. This is going to be fun.

By Elissa - 19 April 2010 Reply

Kelly –

Oh oh oh – this is so cool! The universe is wicked small! I so look forward to meeting you. 🙂

And that’s why you should read and respond to other folks’ blog posts.

Elissa

By Amy - 23 April 2010 Reply

So excited for you! You should certainly be excited. Sounds like a wonderful class, and I look forward to seeing photos and reading your commentary. No pressure 😉

By Elissa - 3 May 2010 Reply

Amy –

I’ve heard that they have internet access at a nearby library, so hopefully I won’t run into too many problems.

Elissa

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