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.


2 responses to “Haystack New Works

  1. I know Haystack has a ton of stairs, but are there ramps as well? How wheelchair friendly is the campus?

    • Hi Shawna,

      Haystack is built on a very steep hillside, and although there are ramps to the common areas, you won’t be able to get to all facilities. You should contact them for specifics, and to find out if the studio you’re interested in is accessible. You also might check out Arrowmont School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts, which are both on more level territory. Best wishes, Carol

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