Sketches from Week 8 (April 29 - May 5, 2013)

Even horses like bamboo.. 'tis true! Tucson is a Rocky Mountain Palomino that lives at Orella Ranch and Stacey, his rider, said he's getting used to our workshop area. Apparently he's the cautious sort and you can see the white of his eyes while he's carefully taking it all in... Booka Shade on the Mackie, Satchel on the angle grinder, RR & Ogle spraying down metal... all sorts of funny human things going down on da ranch...

Meanwhile, the Skipworth plantation continues to sprout more and more boo shoots... one Old Hamii bed even has 6 or 7 of them popping up. Six months after we planted the bamboo, our tallest shoot stands proud at 8' in height. Not bad at all... makes me want to spring forward in time just to see the miniature forest in the making...

Down at UCSB, we got to see Grace's "Whorled" and James' world (double entendre there) before the rest of the class headed out to the ranch for the 2nd half of the afternoon. They were very different installations and but I felt that they'd work really well together.... being able to explore Grace's red lines in a cavernous space amidst a background of James' projections and hand-crafted music. I think people would find their own niches at the end of some line there...

The sleepless push this week, running through tonight (!), was completing the merchandise wagons. They are now wrapped and waiting for pickup and delivery to Los Angeles tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who made it happen, from Deepak the driver to Thea/Rachel/and yes, even Satchel ;), for all your pinning and sewing... RayRay, Glen... and Mo, especially, with whom I took a big gamble and walked away with a grand smile on my face. Nice work!

The nighttime gales are howling, rain is falling, and I'm pretty tired. Going to read and Jameson my mind to sleep. Good night!