No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth. Five days at sea, 24 hours in Cape Town, 23 hours by air...and we arrived home from Saint Helena, safe, sound if not exhausted on August 13. The gap from then to now is as a result of the re-settling needed...right now home feels a bit foreign. (Photos of the end of the trip coming soon - it was an emotional goodbye and we spent a good bit of the homebound journey talking about how soon we can go back.)
My studio got a new, even bigger, skylight while I was away (thanks Dad) so I'm doing some cleaning and re-organizing since things were moved and covered for the construction process and I am back to work with a big project on the horizon.
While looking for ways to better organize my time especially during the school year, I discovered a good way to leave things out while protecting them from dust and bugs and bits. I covered my whole work area with cling film/plastic wrap. I sometimes work 1 hour here, 2 hours there and this will be so much better than cleaning up all the time. Anyone already do this? Sorry to sound so dippy but this was quite a eureka moment for me!
A very special book and postcards arrived not long before we got home. My mom carries a stash of the postcards in her purse to give out to people. Its like putting the painting from K-garten on the frig times a million for her, I think.
Yes, the book! There are a couple pages of polymer history and solid polymer basics, 13 projects and lots of images of polymer work. (Its heavy on images - only the contents page and the page with basic polymer directions are all text.) But the things I like most about Cynthia's book is its focus on the artists (even though I hated having my picture taken) and the section titled "Assessing your work" (page 18). I love the "what are you doing and why?" being addressed by people working in polymer. Lets have more of that!
I'll be donating a copy of the book to our library (our library currently has NO polymer clay books!) and teaching a 2 hr. class there on the morning of October 6. Details forthcoming.