Monthly Archives: September 2013

Haystack New Works

Susan King on the stairs at Haystack, 2013Haystack dining hall

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts clings to the slopes at the base of Deer Ilse, Maine, a series of interconnected wooden pathways, cabins, studios and shared spaces. It was here I spent the past four days with a group of 60 fellow artists as part of a session called New Works. We all won the lottery, putting our names into the pot of former instructors who wanted to return and spend time working on fresh ideas or pushing existing work further. And the weather cooperated by handing us blue skies and great weather for the entire time.

Georgia Deal and me, Haystack 2013Claire Sanford, Haystack 2013

I arrived to find I was rooming with Georgia Deal, also from DC and the Corcoran School of Art. Soon after that, metalsmith Claire Sanford walked by–we’d met at Arrowmont. The rest of the day was filled with similar meetings: new acquaintances, book arts colleagues, past Haystack attendees. Wanting to try a different media, I set up my space in the metals studio since this session encourages artists to try new things. I was ready to begin.

Writing workshop with Marianne Boruch

The next morning began with a writing workshop conducted by Marianne Boruch. I was excited to attend, since I’m working on a new book of landscape images and wanted some fresh ideas for how to develop the text. Marianne made her workshops fun and very un-intimidating, and the resulting writing done by everyone in the group was inspiring.

Metals Studio, HaystackMolly Vogel, Haystack 2013

I worked in metals for most of the time, making a bezel for a carneline stone I’d brought with me. Studio assistant Molly Vogel gave excellent instructions on how to proceed.

Charles Hobson, book artistDan Weldon, printmaker

John Cogswell and Brigid O'Hanrahan in the metals studioRebecca Ringquist, Haystack 2013

The time went too quickly, but it’s always a wonder how much work
gets done in a short but dedicated time period spent in such a sublime setting. Thank you to all who made this year’s New Works possible.

Historic Chambersburg, PA

Fountain in Square, Chambersburg, PA        Civil War Historic Marker
The drive from Washington, D.C., to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, only takes about an hour and a half, a route through historic towns and farmland. I headed there this past Wednesday to teach a class on paper engineering and give an evening lecture on the history of pop-ups.

Grove Family Library, Chambersburg, PA

Although I am not usually an early riser, I managed to get up at 5 am and left in plenty of time to afford me a chance to grab a cup of coffee and scope out the Lowes and the local flea market in Chambersburg before the class began at the Grove Family Library. Students in Carol Barton's pop-up class, Chambersburg, PA

I was delighted to find that several of my former students from Charles Town, West Virginia, had enrolled in the class, along with Dona, a new student. We had a great day making pop-ups, trying a few experiments that didn’t work (part of the design process), and creating a whole set of successful models.

Student in Carol Barton's pop-up class, Chambersburg, PAStudent in Carol Barton's pop-up class, Chambersburg, PAStudent in Carol Barton's pop-up class, Chambersburg, PA

In the evening I gave a lecture on the history of paper engineering to a large, enthusiastic group of Chambersburgians, members of the Chambersburg Council for the Arts. We also did a short hands-on session of pop-up construction during intermission. I had a delightful overnight stay with Jim and Anne Barton in nearby Scotland, Pennsylvania, and drove home the next day after loading up with local peaches. I’m just about ready to make the pie now. . . .

Peach Pie, Sept 2013