Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What happened to January?

Outreach is what happened to January.  For three weeks in a row in January, I went to three different schools each week to teach papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookmaking.  I met with over 480 students during that time, some of whom were very reluctant participants (you know who you are), and was darned impressed with the talent of each and every one of them!  I have heard rumors that there will be some teen entries to our Paper, Print and Poetry Exhibition at the end of March. 

Also during January, I was able to squeeze in a papermaking class in our Children’s Department, and we hosted an adult papermaking class with self-taught local artist Joan Robertson. 

Here are some photos from January’s outreach:

Coming soon...what happened to February?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tom Tinker

When Sister and I were bitty things, mom would hold us and rock us and say the following to us (while tracing her finger over the part of the face about which she was speaking):
Fore Acre (the forehead)
Eye Blinker (the right eye)
Tom Tinker (the left eye)
Nose Dropper (the nose)
Mouth Eater (the mouth)
Chin Chopper (the chin)
Giddy, Giddy Grasshopper (under the chin)

What seemed like a sweet little educational game was actually a ruthless game of cold-blooded suspense, the gentle tracing of the face parts leading up to a pants-wettin’ tickle under the chin.  We’d try to hold real still throughout the game, but by the time she’d get to Giddy, Giddy Grasshopper, we’d be dissolving into squeals and scrunching our chins as far down into our necks as we possibly could to avoid what was going to happen regardless of how chinless and neck-less we had managed to make ourselves. 

Listening to:  The Pretenders