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The Adirondack Pack Basket Workshop with Clear Creek Weavers has been rescheduled.  The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 to 5:00, in the Noble Center Papermaking Studio.

Materials fee: large basket $95, small basket $79 (including canvas straps). Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet!

Pre-registration is required; contact Cathy Tedford at 315-229-5174 or ctedford@stlawu.edu

 

Last week, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan from Peace Paper were on campus to conduct Panty Pulping workshops in papermaking and printmaking.  Drew and Margaret have been on campus before to for workshops and to make paper, but this was the first time that panties have been pulped on campus!

As they describe the project, “Panty Pulping workshops bring people together to share their strengths and joy through the transformation of their most intimate garments into paper. The concept of creating paper from clothing with personal significance reaches a new level as participants of all ages snip, beat, and reform their underwear together. When we pulp our underwear, we make a statement that violence will not be tolerated.  We stand together in solidarity for survivors, for the global advancement of women, and for creative revolutions.”

This week-long, multi-layered event brought awareness of sexual assault to a wide audience through active participation and hands-on learning. The content is social activism through the vehicle of art-making.

This morning, NCPR aired a story by Zach Hirsch which describes the Panty Pulping project:  Margaret and Drew interviewed by Zach Hirsch, NCPR.

And more photographs are available on the gallery’s flickr site.

 

 

Artist Daniel Heyman made the trip to Canton from Philadelphia, PA, earlier this week, visiting campus in conjunction with the Bearing Witness exhibition, which features his gouache paintings and prints (including a huge etching on multiple pieces of plywood).

While here, he gave a very moving artist’s lecture, met with students and members from the local community, and also taught Japanese wood block printing to Melissa Schulenberg’s beginning printmaking class. And he made a lithograph with Melissa, too! All this in just 2 1/2 action-packed days.

I really enjoyed getting to know Daniel — and his snappy sense of humor!

 

Gong meditation and relaxation for creativity with Gurumantra Kaur
Tuesday, November 8, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Gurumantra Kaur is a certified Kundalini Research Institute yoga instructor, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, member of International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, 3H0, and international associate of Yoga Therapists.  She specializes in gong meditation and relaxation, addiction therapy, mental health awareness, fertility susceptibility, fitness for senior citizens, and meditational classes from beginners to advanced.

Gurumantra Kaur (center) with friends

This vegan yogi expands conscious thought about body awareness, mental health, and healing with sound currents.  She uses kundalini yoga as a way to exercise the mind, body, and spirit—a technique which enables one to reach a higher state of awareness, emotional stability, and strength by using several techniques, including pranayama, kriyas, meditation, bhandas, mudras, mantras, and visualization.

For more information visit www.yogistrong.com.

Meditation and gong relaxation with Gurumantra Kaur is presented in conjunction with the ELEMENTALS Birds exhibition on display through December 10, 2011, with Inga and Andy Hamilton, artists from Northern Ireland, in residence through Thursday, November 10.  ELEMENTALS Birds is an experiment to see if artists, printmakers, and craftspeople can physically embody feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill in their artwork and tangibly affect the space around them.

This event is free and open to the public.  Bring a cushion or mat if you have one.  Please share this information with students and friends!

 

 

This morning, I worked with about 10 students to bind journals using a simple Japanese stab binding.  The workshop was a benefit for  Literacy for Nepal, a group created by two SLU students to support education in rural Nepal.

We met in the Sullivan Student Center and finished our journals in just under an hour, which must be something of a record!

I forgot to bring my camera, so these photos are from my phone and not exactly the best quality.

Cathy Shrady’s Outdoor Studies class came to the gallery last week to bind journals.  They’ll use the journals to record their responses to readings for the class as well as observations in the field — weather and the like, from what I remember.

The group was fun to work with, and I think everyone had a good time — and made really lovely journals!  The Inuit print exhibition provided an appropriately nature-inspired atmosphere for the workshop.

In conjunction with the Picto This! exhibition, artist Motomichi Nakamura came to campus last week for two days, during which he made a bunch of monoprints in the print studio with the help of Melissa Schulenberg, gave a lecture describing his artwork and creative processes, and conducted a workshop about character design.

He hadn’t made monoprints before, and I think he enjoyed working in a new medium.

Carole and I always say that the fall semesters begin binding journals with students from the ADK program.  These folks will be living in yurts until Thanksgiving, offline, in the wilderness on property at Massawepie about 50-60 miles south of SLU.  From Cathy Shrady:


On Tuesday, Cathy and I had a fun afternoon binding journals with students from SLU’s Adirondack semester.  They came to the Gallery to make journals before heading out on a multiday canoe and hiking trip.

Thanks to Cathy Shrady for the photographs!

Over the past few days, Heather Millet ’10 has been busy at work making paper for an upcoming printing project.   She’s been been making dark (really, it’s close to black) pulp from t-shirts, jeans, and other cotton clothing by running it through the Hollander beater in the papermaking studio.  The next step will be to make sheets from the pulp, but not until later in the week at the earliest as the cloth is proving a little resistant.

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