This week, I started teaching my fashion/fiber program at ArtWorks. Things learned by the Master Teaching Artist, or MTA (that’d be me): present day teenagers are fascinated with the 1980s, I am old, and also, I am old. Witness this exchange:
Apprentice: “I love Cyndi Lauper.”
Me: “I think one of my very first cassettes was Cyndi Lauper.”
(Two apprentices, whispering to each other): “What’s a cassette?”
My apprentices are fantastic so far, very enthusiastic. We’re planning a timeline-inspired fashion show for their final project. This week, it’s research at the Case Western Reserve University library, learning to dye wool and knitting 101. I also gave mini-knitting lessons to two boys from the ceramics class. They got it right away, but were too cool to keep doing it. Funny. Some visiting artists from Turkey were with us for a few days — the leader of their group brought some textiles for us to inspect. I’ll have photos for you as soon as I get them off the camera.
In other related, cool news — the owners of Ozark Handspun, one of my favorite yarns, have commissioned my apprentices to produce some nuno felt pieces incorporating their yarn that will go on tour to various yarn shops around the country. Yay! Of course first they need to learn how to felt… we’ve got 40 silk scarves on order and will be practicing on those with the wool we dye this week before we move on to the tasty and amazing Ozark Handspun! I couldn’t resist, I got a hank of green Ozark Handspun for myself, too. Me and my green issues…