|tall windows in Rhiannon's studio|
Yikes! It's been a while. I've been busy busy. I just downloaded my desktop calendar for April today. It hasn't been all work--yesterday Andy and I took a walk in the woods and ended up in a redwood grove for a few hours, but more on that later. Here's a little bit of what I've been up to.
Rhiannon Alpers was teaching a class using local fibers in papermaking and I asked to be her assistant. I haven't been making paper too much and though I do not have a project in mind, I thought it might get me excited about paper again. And it did! I went to her studio a week before the class to help prep.
|cooking eucalyptus leaves|
|cooking fresh fennel|
|checking the fiber|
|I love using the rotary cutter!|
It takes about two hours for the fiber to cook so we cut some pelons (like interfacing for quilting) to put our formed sheet onto during class. Then we had a little drink. And got back to work.
|artichoke and grass pulps|
Rhiannon had some pulp left over from a previous class, some of which had dried and some of which was a little moldy. We cleaned and rinsed and rehyrated. Then we strained the cooked pulp and called it a day.
Next time: photos of class and the finished paper!
Hey, if you live in the Bay Area and want to take a papermaking class, contact Rhiannon though her website for summer classes.