|Chadley and Sara just before Chad's brain got fried in Vegetable Dye Chemistry class.|
I am a lot smarter today than I was during the last blog post in April. I determined that this year, instead of visiting my dear friend Joke in Holland, I would take three classes. I have written about the book class with Dan Essig in January, but then came a fabulous experience learning to make paper, beautiful, useful paper at Bookworks right here in West Asheville.
I will be returning to the paper mill the last week of July with two wonderful friends who were also in my class. Since we all did the papermaking intensive and did not burn down, blow up, or flood the place, we are all now certified to use the mill on our own.
And then I took my last class at St. Andrew's/Sewanee in TN. Michel Garcia, master vegetable dyer from Apt, France. I am in love with this sweet, incredibly intelligent, funny man. Although he was showing us some basic chemistry: acid, bases, salts (and probably a bit of lemon juice) I, at least, even with textile chemistry under my belt, felt several times a day that my brain was nearing self destruct mode. ("Danger, Will Robinson") So then Michel would tell us simple but maddening stories about foxes and dogs with big mouths and cats with tiny ones and friends of friends of friends, and rabbits and carrots and donkeys and sugar.
It is almost too much to learn all of this as I want to do everything at once. When I am at the class, I am full of ideas. When I get home, I want to start on those ideas but then what about the dishes, or the cat box (more important as it is near the dye stove), or all those emails, or mail, bills...well you get the idea.
I have one more week off right now and before I start the hectic packing for another whirlwind of workshop teaching maybe I will study that "Chemistry for fools or idiots"book I ordered. How do you take advantage of new knowledge, when the old stuff still needs tending to...I have been getting up early to start my interval running (first 5K in November) but after that is done I have to take a nap (part of the training) eat, do the dishes and then it's time to watch NCIS!! Somehow I will manage to figure this out, the greatest question of all time. If you have any ideas, mail them to me with a few hundred dollar bills.
|Early morning figuring out place!|