We've had a lovely busy last week. Highlights have included a very interesting talk about Beatrix Potter from Betsy Bray, a trip to New Haven for a private view, eating pizza to the point where I can't look at one again for a week or two [edit: just had some more for lunch] and a lovely bookbinding class and talk about the book trade from Dennis David and Justin Schiller. We've also met two super ex-Fellows, Robert Weinstock and Denise Saldutti Egielski, and Denise is staying with us at the moment.
Here are some of our recent pics, courtesy of Lynn, Dona and Alice (not me, because I am hopeless and forget.)
Clockwise from top left: Lovely brush pens * good times on the vibrating chair * a Beatrix Potter watercolour in the flesh (this was exquisite, the hairs all in amazing detail, and I know this is clichéd, but it really did look as if it could fly out of the page) * beautiful books * kit for our bookbinding class * bookbinding papers * me, Gerardo and Alice pre-pizza * more beautiful paper.
Yesterday Alice, Denise and I went to a local diner where we spent about half an hour reading the menu and then had lots of pancakes, which were BRILLIANT! The menu made me laugh a lot though, this was my favourite bit...
I like the way it's all in capitals except for the "and", nice emphasis: lump AND claw meat? - no way!! AND broiled scrod! A re-visit is obviously in order.
On Monday Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, among many other books, came to see us and gave us a really thought-provoking talk.
Denise, Dona and Gerardo in the woods out front * Mao, Justin and Dennis's dog * our woods * me, Mao and Maura * bookbinding with Dennis * talking with Gregory Maguire
Then today the New Yorker cartoonist and children's book artist Harry Bliss came to spend the day with us, show us his super work (his work is really great) and have a look through ours. The generosity of our visitors with their time and advice and thoughts has been really special.
Me, Harry Bliss, Alice, Denise and Gerardo - please note Denise's very excellent holey socks