Penfriends calligraphy students have been working creatively over the past week or two and the 2017 theme Pen and Ink trails looking at Paul Klee as inspiration seems to be challenging and inspiring. The interesting thing is that I have suggested more than 20 exercises both creative and calligraphic to work through going at their own pace. So there is little 'home' work and a great deal of busy-ness in the studio during class. I am working the same exercises as the students using an A5 water colour book given to me by my sister-in-law. I am enjoying the texture and size of paper as well as the creative challenge.
Our outreach afternoons are going well with happy discussions about new projects and ideas. Babies at Baragwanath always need garments which are quick and easy to make and help the mothers with clothing for their new little ones. Children need to have fun too and we look after a small school where children are cared for while in hospital. We've made scarves, beanies and teddies and are now making frisbees for fun. Another one of our projects is to create 35 20x20cms squares (each participant) and we will then swap the squares near the end of the year and make a blanket for an outreach project of our choice. Quite a bit of fun.
I have been enjoying viewing my son John's new art work arriving in small batches on my phone. Never as impressive online as it is in real life, I am charmed by his new 'Twitter' series. They are hard ground etchings with details in silver leaf. Do visit his website to view more of his work. www.johnmoore.co.za or his Facebook page John Moore Printshaman.
David and I leave for 'die ou Kgalagadi' on Friday where the temperatures range from 35 to 45 degrees at this time of year. Not for the faint hearted, we are so looking forward to disappearing into the wilderness for a few weeks. The rains have been good and the pictures we've seen show a green sheen and pools of water on the roads. Nature's bounty to be enjoyed. Of course with little connectivity and a vast amount of time, I've been downloading books and making sure that I have enough yarn to keep me (and therefore David) happy for sometime. Small projects are better to work on in the excessive heat and little or no electricity in some of the camps. David is of course geared up for his photography and so we will both be in our element especially if we manage to see some of the glorious Kgalagadi lions or a leopard or two
Hopefully we won't melt in the next few weeks, but if we do, we will have had a whole lot of fun while doing so.
Until next time, take care.