Sunday, 8 March 2015

getting ready to be (t)here


'being (t)here' is a class i love to teach. each time is an adventure in itself
it's a class which is suited as much to a forest as to a riverside
or even an industrial wasteland

magic is everywhere, the delight is in the detail
and everything has a fascination if you look at it with your heart

this week i will be in Tasmania
(i love islands)
installing back country for Ten Days on the Island  (recently renamed the Tasmanian International Arts Festival) before class begins - it will have a new piece in it to replace the one acquired by the Tamworth Regional Gallery last month -

the only really tricky bit is editing which resources to take,
choosing a teacup for the ride
and trying to reorganise the sewing box/tool kit
which seems to have a mind of its own.


happily i can make do most of the time
so long as i have my trusty collection of readings with me
and a piece of string to hang them on.
the last piece of string stayed in Aotearoa

it was as long as the flight from New Orleans to Vancouver.
tomorrow i will make a string that will measure the distance from Adelaide to Hobart
while gazing out the window of the plane

i will confess i do love flying, though it's admittedly not the kindest mode of transport in terms of the environment
but
it would take a long time to get to Tasmania on my windsurfer
and my books would get wet. 


someone else has a mind of her own, too.
it seems Martha has taken Kubbi aside and given her The Word on suitcases
(in a few months time she won't fit in)



PS i'm not entirely sure, but i think some places remain open in being (t)here classes in Scotland and France later this year

11 comments:

  1. happy and safe travels to you india. the sewing box may sort itself out, perhaps by becoming a nest?

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    1. I think it's a nest already - heavens only knows WHAT is nesting in there though!

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  2. Our dogs used to do the same thing whenever we would pack to return to boarding school. A silent plea to 'take me with you!'.

    I wish I could have attended this Tassie workshop. Unfortunately my wee babe is still too young. Tassie would have been a nice escape from Sydney. I currently have 5 metres each of silk broadcloth and silky merino awaiting me at the post office. I'm itching to pick it up and get dyeing...!

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  3. Any hope of a string lesson near by at some stage? I can't get my head around during it! If only workshops in exotic places but not to be.

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    1. Not a bad idea...a string day by the beach. Will give it some thought :-)

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  4. Hi India, I can just visualize you on a surf board going to Tassie. Nothing would amaise me.

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  5. Enjoy Tassie. I met a woman at WOMAD who will be there and was just buzzing with excitement... Happy travels.

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  6. I love your posts about your upcoming teaching trips.. you always seem so enthusiastic and full of adventure--- have another good one!

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    1. it was a particularly lovely adventure, thank you!

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  7. Lovely to read your musings sis. It's been awhile x

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