Good Medicine

Thursday was the last full day.  Friday morning, shop all departed, reluctant to leave, eager to get home, including me.  I’m sitting in the studio, having unpacked materials, books and clothes.  Back to normal.  But not quite.  Two weeks at Haystack changes you, almost always for the better.  Natural beauty, collegial support, good food and time are a potent mix, a tonic for well-being. I want to thank the beautiful women in the class for their intelligence, kindness and humor.  Haystack, and in particular the merry band of basketmakers this session, are a model for how life might be.  It is an antidote as well as a tonic.  Thanks to Carol Rissman, Fran Dorsey, Kindle Loomis, Ellen Schiffman, Joan Freedman, Sharon Cheeseman, Cindy Simonds, Ashley Chen, Anne-Claude Cotty and Pi Benio.

We ended up with a list of bywords, nine in all.  It was gratifying to see how they helped to shape our inquiries, each person responding to different ones at different times.  And when folks from town came to the studio on Thursday night for the walk-through, with all the work on display, many stopped to read the list on a blackboard and to snap a picture to remember them.  I know that I plan to pin them up in my studio.  Here’s the list.

  1. It’s not a competition.
  2. Don’t compare.  Relate.
  3. Ask.
  4. All art is learning.
  5. Sometimes you just have to walk away.
  6. What if…?
  7. Trust the process.
  8. Persevere.
  9. Be kind.

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