Last night in my paper making class, a friend of mine mentioned that following class she was attending a lecture by a woman who spent two years and eight days living in a tree. This immediately caught my attention and I was intrigued, so I attended the lecture with my friend.
We were greeted to the event by a wonderful duo called the Troubadours of Divine Bliss. 'Street performers who travel around encouraging revolution of the spirit and courage of the heart.'
Next we heard from several local folk sharing their efforts in making a difference. Including my high school homeroom teacher's husband Tim Darst. The two of them have reduced their impact on the environment in the last ten years by 90%.
Lastly we heard from the inspirational Julia Butterfly Hill. Julia spent 738 days in a redwood tree named Luna. Her action was to make the world aware of the clear-cutting that is happening in the forests and to stop it. She only came down from the tree once a negotiation was reached to permanently protect the forest. He efforts continue today to spread awareness and call one to action. She believes strongly that what is wrong with the world is the disease of disconnect. And that disconnect is among the biggest obstacles in life, which are mostly internal. Many of her beliefs and thoughts are resonating with me:
it is impossible to make no difference in the world; there is however the question of consciously or unconsciously making a difference
we must deal with problems and solutions with a spiritual perspective
we are ALL ONE without exception
our actions and our society, in order for change, are calling us to come together
the power of love is the fiercest task master
it's not that people who are extraordinary are not in any way ordinary, they are just unwilling to let their ordinariness stop them or hold them back
love demands us to be a better person than we thought we could ever be; bigger and better than we know ourselves to be
stay committed to finding the good in people
shifting aware can help heal the problems of the world
how is it that we are so willing to clear cut each other when we have our own faults; wounds exist within ourselves first
inaction is just as important as action
change in climate calls for: community, loving fiercely in the face of fear, and creativity
turning anger into love yields fierce compassion; not that cynicism always escapes us
cynicism and hope are both simply a story, neither is true. What is true is right here, right now
judgment only kills, it cant ever bring life to anything
every moment of every day we are investing our lives into something; everything we do is an investment in something
we don't get to choose the beginning or end but we get to choose what is in between each bookend
crying is having the courage to care; put care into action
having courage is a badge of honor
don't wait until you know how to do something to get started
the way to the top of the mountain is one step at a time
don't let the fear of being one person and being unable to make a difference stop you
we are all here for a purpose, to make a difference, a unique role to play
all of who we are is 100% of who we are meant to be; embrace 100% of who we are
we never need to change but we may need to change focus
choose to have love call us into action
the need to consume comes from the idea that we need to fill a hole in our souls, and that consuming this particular thing is what you need.
we are the ancestors of our future
learn to be fully present in the moment
live not only to survive but also to thrive
every step in the actin is equally important as reaching the goal
no one is alone
distance between the heart and mind is 18 inches yet vast galaxies
there is something powerful in everyone calling to blossom
Things that I left questioning in my outlook on life:
what is my greatest need to restore connection?
what is my next greatness calling me to do, and who is it calling me to be?
what is my nest action? What is my heart calling me to do?
Something I would like to embrace but find a better way to handle:
my feeling that I do not need help, that I can do everything myself
Something that I already longed for:
The desire to have a deeper purpose in life than making money. One may live more simply yet also more happy. (I would not be where I am today without already having discovered this)
Having a longing to be a positive contribution; inspire ourselves and those around us
Last night in my paper making class we tried a blend of cotton and abaca. I got several nice flat sheets.
As well as a few sheets that curled up, they have character.
I am also brainstorming on ideas for the next project, a three dimensional piece. I laid wet paper on some pumpkins and gourds. Here are the results. I thought about pinning them to the wall but I also like the way they look just sitting on a table.
I had hoped that my difficulties in searching for a drum carder would pay off. And that my stubbornness would eventually lead to a drum carder at the right price. Boy was I right. The absolute most perfect drum carder at the right price fell into my lap!! Also the right brand to accompany my spinning wheel.
In addition to the wheel in perfect condition I received a doffer (to pull the wool freely off the drum), a clamp (along with a replacement clamp), as well as a doffer brush (to clean the drum). There also was an attachment that housed the tools. I could not be more pleased.
We began experimentation with paper pulp other than cotton. Monday evening I used, for the first time, Abaca pulp. Abaca when drying has a tendency to curl up much more than cotton. The thinner you pull the sheets, the less they curl. I was able to get about 6 really nice flat sheets. And about three times as many that curled up significantly. Some of the curl sheets don't appeal to be but others have some really nice character.
Also, the color is natural because the Abaca is not bleached the way the cotton is.
I attended the letterpress workshop this morning at Hound Dog Press! It was fantastic. We printed 10 postcards using anything we could imagine as our designs. I also spoke to Nick and Robert the owners and operators at the press about interning in the winter. I hope that my schedule works out and I am able to.
I printed my designs on several different colored sheets.
Lighthouse Imagery and Symbolism:
Let's take a second to consider what a lighthouse
is. The American Heritage Dictionary
tells us that it's a "tall structure topped by a powerful light used as
a beacon or signal to aid maritime navigation." So, metaphorically
speaking, a lighthouse is a beacon. It's something people who are lost
can look towards for guidance. And it's a "tall structure" – a big,
solid, unmoving structure. But that powerful light? It does move. When the night falls, it flashes on, and when the sun rises, it shuts off. So a lighthouse works as both a symbol of stability (as a beacon) and of change (as its lights go on and off with the turning of the day).