a flight that was delayed, then un-delayed, then delayed again for some reason?
okay! Here is the story of my trip to Nashville to film the video parts of my Studio Calico art journalling class Cut and Paste. (which is almost over with and has been so great, but that’s a story for a different blog post.)
First I want to say: I adore traveling alone. I realize this is primarily because I spend most of my life surrounded by people, mainly children who have a lot of needs and tell super long stories constantly. Plus I’ve lived in my town for so long now I always seem to be running into acquaintances, which I usually don’t mind but sometimes I like that invisible feeling you can get in a new city. The quiet and the freedom is refreshing.
Also, I love eavesdropping in airports and it’s so much easier when there’s no pesky friends or family around.
This summer had been a transitional time for me and looking back, the class filmed at the exact right time for me. I had spent a lot of this summer working a TON in my art journals, hashing out ideas for the class and getting accustomed to making a lot of work at once. It wasn’t unlike training for a marathon, really, in that I tried everyday to spend considerable time with my scissors and glue in preparation for one really big day of cutting and pasting. And I had a lot of pending changes in my life and lots of thoughts to hash out, which can be annoying in real life but works out pretty well for my art life. You know?
warm up journalling for the day of filming
I had been so apprehensive about being filmed, but it mostly went away as soon as I started working. Like, how could I be nervous when I’m doing one of my favorite things in the world? And I tried to just talk through my processes naturally, without pretense or pontification, and I think it shows in the class.
Okay, well, now I’ve written three paragraphs and not approached anything close to what I wanted to tell you, guess I have to split this into two parts.
So before I start on part two, I want to give a huge thanks to Studio Calico, especially Lisa Truesdell and the videographer Joe Gomez, for making this all happen. Sharing my work, filming my processes, and having my own space for making art for a day (this adorable AirBnB in the 12 South Neighborhood of Nashville) was an amazing experience.