Sometimes I need to remember this.
graphic from: Walt Whitman Is in My Moleskine (by Katie Rose Clausen)
Moving into new places is strange. Not quite here, nor there. So much in between-ness of feeling not quite at home. Listening to Greg Laswell, catching up on good films and vimeo documentary shorts, and some good recipes. Applying for things… life sometimes feels like one long application.
the walls still echo.
*(the photo is from Torrey Pines National Park from a couple days in San Diego I once spent… feels like a lifetime ago, even though it was only last Fall)
To close up this night’s postings, a last look at Fall/Winter. As the New Year begins, the Winter Solstice has passed, and so much has changed yet stayed the same. The thoughts for the new year are ones of bark, of paper-making, print-making, setting up creative spaces in a new home, nurturing both my self and families that I am beginning to love, and my home-space. Curling bark, rotting on the forest floor… the smell of moulding matter, breaking down to become something else. That’s what we’re all doing, isn’t it? Every day?
Tomorrow, scanning readings for my class, most of the day to be spent in the Library, then maybe the art museum at Cornell with my dad, and then a lot of packing/organizing.
Ithaca has been good, restful, a place to be with my sister (she left yesterday) and my family. Learning to be around my parents without driving them (too) crazy.
Happy New Year’s!
Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, writes that it is her “job to love the world”
May it be all our jobs, and may we embrace our role with lightheartedness, joy, and a whole lot of love, in this, the year 2012, and all the years following.
My new housemate Remy is in this! It’s a sweet structure, reminds me of Ethan Hayes-Chute’s work (I don’t think he made it, but if you click on this, you’ll get to Ethan’s site, so… not trying to false-advertise you, so you know what you’re getting into*)
Making structures that are this fun is a yes. Making structures that don’t have to make sense, but that ask to be climbed on, inhabited, that bring you in… maybe I need a studio/workshop/woodshop. Hmmm..
* To be more specific, this link will take you to my favorite EHC piece: Hermitage
This was taken by a really cool artist living in Finland. Click on the link and you’ll get to his page. Mr Oliver Blank, a composer who makes beautiful music and takes beautiful walks to forage in the Finnish woods. It’s heartening to know that wherever one is, one can forage in the woods, and that it is being done.
Check him out, listen to his music, read his journal entries. People being creative everywhere… it gives us hope, it does.
For the class, a foraging walk! Basically, being the teacher of this class allows me to go out and do all the things I really like to do anyway. With other people. Pretty spectacular, that.
my friend Lily lying down in the woods. Brings Nostalgia, and the eagerness for winter to be over, to be able to walk the woods barefoot again, to not have the snow, and the cold. I tried to go out without shoes on the other day, and my feet got frozen so fast (in upstate New York)
it took a while getting the feeling back into them, and it was painful, so I don’t really advise it. But it was also kind of fun, a “what if?” kind of thing, or “what’s going to happen?” a mix of sincere curiosity, stupidity and not caring. A disregard for physicality. Something like that. It makes me miss Maine. Always missing that place, it seems.
This beautiful white ink tattoo done by Maine Tattoo Artist Watson Atkinson (click on the photo and it will take you there)
He does amazing work (a lot of sleeves) and while I don’t love it all, I do love some of it, and see potential should I ever want some ink.
Inspiring for: botanical elements, something I come back to again and again in my own (non tattoo) work.
The Blind Cafe -
This cafe is a social change for good, so it tells me. And I’ve heard so much about it.. it needs to come to San Francisco- right now it’s pretty much Denver, Boulder, Portland OR, and Seattle. and soon to come to Austin. So… San Francisco soon? Come on! Listening to music in the dark! Dining! Getting people to really pay attention to the felt sensations of their bodies. Maybe I will use this for one of my “wild within us” classes- make a meal to eat, and music to play, to jam to, in the dark. hmmm… yes. I like it!