Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
My friend Dee Clements of Studio Herron invited me as her guest to attend the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Haystack offers two-week craft intensive classes ranging from glassblowing and woodworking, to weaving and graphic design.
The campus is located on the coast of Deer Isle, completely secluded & untouched -- all of the buildings are built to float on top of the natural landscape, preserving the original foliage and natural growth.
Dee taught a weaving intensive class called Composition and Materiality; Weft Faced Rug Weaving and Design. Due to a enrollment error and in an attempt to embrace the uncharted, I decided to take a class with artist Doug Beube, called Radical Bookwork: Re-purposing Found Books from Meaning To Structure. In Doug's class we spent time re-working used books, from utilizing different woodworking tools (first scroll saw experience) and sanders, to layering pages with glue and inventing new sculptural forms. It was a truly unique learning moment for me that I believe could only be experienced in an environment like Haystack. I met thoughtful and inspiring artists & makers that were eager to learn and to share, and I was surprised by how my studio practice manifested. I taught everyone how to weave with paper and it was a huge hit! I also exclusively wrote the last few days, finding the soothing sounds of sea mixed with the vibrato of power tools a surprisingly emboldening writing soundtrack.