Our friends John Hook and Andrea Peterson and their boys Ry and Lu are living the good artistic life in northeastern Indiana. Their garden, goats and chickens feed them and keep them busy with their upkeep. They work in their papermaking and ceramics studios to produce prints and pots under the name “Hook Pottery Paper” and offer classes in both. A sign hangs by the driveway inviting customers and another sign is added for “fresh eggs” when the chickens are particularly productive.
Peter and I spent 2 days with the family, making another broadside for the trip series. This time we made a handmade paper piece in the shape of the caravan, with a 2-color stenciled pulp painting applied to the surface featuring a bright red chicken! I am happy that this piece will add some whimsy and color to the series.
Andrea in the beater room with her hot pink and green press in front.
Andrea attaching the shaped stencil to the mold:
Pulling the 2 shaped papers: Peter, Andrea, Donna and Allan (assistant):
Donna holding finished papers on pellon:
A highlight for me was the party the family hosted for us the eve we arrived (after a crazy drive from Milwaukee via Chicago on a busy rush hour interstate with lots of road work happening….). Lu was masterful with the outdoor pizza oven, making probably over 25 pizzas to order! John made the nice real sourdough crust (I got some starter for the road!) The guests brought an item of old cotton clothing to add to the papermaking beater for our project. Ry helped us park in the yard and guided us back out again. He appeared the instant he heard me squeal when Peter started backing into traffic!
On Wednesday afternoon, we were hosted by the Morgan Conservatory for a bookmaking class. Peter taught 13 people how to make a scrolling book and a nested accordion structure. Even in the humid and hot weather of Cleveland in August, the creative process took control and many very nice books were produced. One participant, Ginny wrote about it on her blog. The Morgan C. hosts lots of cool classes throughout the year in a fantastic facility, check it out.