A beautiful summer day here. Sun and a light breeze made everyone smile and sent many jumping into the ocean for a cooling dip.
Aimee Lee and Damon Thompson presented their work this evening in Gateway. Both are artists, certainly, but are also, and perhaps more importantly at this point, educators. Aimee has written a book, Hangi Unfurled: One Journey Into Korean Papermaking. She documents the history of a papermaking tradition that goes back centuries and is seemingly dying out in Korea. She is articulate and passionate about her mission. It was a joy to hear her speak so beautifully about a seemingly arcane subject.
Damon teaches jewelry at Towson University and showed his work, which is exquisitely crafted and engagingly designed, but also showed his students and the kinds of projects they do with the public. He is the kind of teacher who can make any subject come alive. He is also passionate about the intersection of the digital world and craft. He uses digital technology in his own work and includes it in his teaching in a meaningful and expansive way.
Our byword for the day was “Ask”. So often we are afraid to ask the question that might clarify where to go next or that might help avoid making trouble for ourselves. An short assignment this afternoon included instructions to consult with a buddy. The ten students broke into five pairs and became advisors and guides for each other. I loved listening in on the conversations, so kind and helpful and spot on. I could have left for the afternoon and they would have done just fine! They asked each other about possible ideas and strategies and regrouped again and again as questions came up. Tomorrow we will talk about the outcomes of the assignment.