Saturday, 17 May 2014

Spring 2014 Workshops.

This spring I held three ten-day workshops. (Number three is in full swing now.) I thought I might be dead of exhaustion by the last group.  But no. The hardest thing (besides getting the house spic and span from top to bottom) is editing what to say and do.

This group is somewhat unique. Mark and his mother Mary and father Paul and friend Marly from Italy and Ireland.  Bee and her mother Margit from Denmark. Alex and her mother Glennis from the UK. Mary is my soul-sister from Vancouver.  A family affair.

We are having a campfire outside every night. Last night we were Kumi himoing until midnight with the frogs in the pond keeping rhythm with the soft clunking of the bobbing braiding the silk.

The trip to Noguchi sans studio was magical as always. 

The Cherry Blossom Group was special. There were some real weaving masters there. Barbara was so so so kind and brought a warp for my neglected counter-marche all the way from the States. The loom is happier now that it finally working properly. A warp properly warped and balanced.  I've played around on it for years and never really really getting it right. Actually the whole middle room with the Scandinavian looms feels better with that functioning warp in there. The dogs seem to like the room better as well. Thank you Barbara. Some dust bunny loom ghosts have been exorcised.  You were all camera shy. (Ulrike, I haven't a single picture of you!) Barbara, Ulrike, Muriel, Lyn, Linda, Monike,  Jean, Kandace and Virginia....what a group of honey badgers... Thank you all for your kindness and hard work.


  1. Thank you Bryan, what an awesome 10 day! :-)

  2. time for a deep breath while you gather yourself for the next big thing. here, it's the same, things keep filling up the (potentially) free hours.

  3. Oh how I wish I was there to hear the frogs at night. While watching video clip from Mr. Noguchi's studio, Makoto kept on waiting for the "thud" of head banging on the low ceiling beams…it brings back painful but joyful memories.

  4. all those corners look familiar now. hope the honey badger has had some rest.

    1. Honey badgers never rest. They are so bad ass.

  5. wow, can't believe it is only 2 years since the first workshop - so much learning and interesting people since then. the changes are enormous.

  6. I never notice..I only see what needs to be done. Come back and lend me a hand!

  7. Honey badgers don't give a shiate. :)