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This morning after walking Betty The Boy Dog, I hopped on the bike that Jonah has lent me and wobbled up to the Santa Fe Farmers Market. It has a big reputation and didn’t disappoint. I imposed a ” no more than you can fit in the shoulder bag” limit on my purchases. Ha, it’s lucky the bike has a big front basket as I filled that too. So I went to market and bought: fresh tortillas, roasted green chillies, six ears of corn, local fresh mozzarella,baby tomatoes, home made salsa and beef tamales, whole wheat sourdough bread and “local and organic and priced to sell” peaches. I could  also  smell something else in the air that was local and organic but it wasn’t peaches. Santa Fe is very laid back and has more art galleries per head of population than any place on earth. Its fun.

Yes, that’s my bike on the left,  and below the corn man, chillies ready to be roasted, sunflowers, more bike, and more local stuff.

Santa Fe and Pugs.

I am staying in Santa Fe at the home of Jonah Stanford and his wife Edith( Eidie) and children Tula aged 8 and Tate  5 ( pictured with pug). I’m on the way back to the West Coast, but have stopped here to interview Jonah for the film and to re visit Santa Fe which I first saw in winter, 1979.  It is very different from the hill country of western North Carolina. On the from the airport Jonah took me to see a current architectural project. Jonah is a pioneer of passive home building in the USA. See this link to his website for a proper explanation, but I understand it is technology developed first in Germany, which through super insulating homes makes them incredibly energy efficient. Very thick outer wall and floors, coupled with European double glazed and argon filled windows means that in a standard sized home, 30% of warmth is provided by the body heat of two people. Almost all the rest comes form solar gain form the window. It is so efficient that a few candles can increase the ambient temperature. And the air quality is excellent. The kicker is that it costs less to build one of these homes than a conventional home because so much is saved on mechanicals which  are  primarily conventional heating cooling and air movement methods. Other members of the family are a dog called Betty who is a boy, and a pair of pug puppies.( try saying that three times very quickly)

Christian copywriters(2)

Ok, the last in the series( for now). Jon Ellenbogen, a Penland NC  friend assures me he saw one which  said: “If God had a fridge, your picture would be on it”. By the way, if its not obvious you need to click on the picture in the last post( Don’t wait for the hurt…) to play the Iphone movie.

Don’t wait for the hurt to take you to church.

Oh yeah, this is very local color, the Typical Mountain Boys( +girl) doing their gospel set. Click on the picture and hopfully the Iphone movie will play.

The best line: ” Lyin’ on yer back in black Cadillac ain’t no way to meet the Lord”.

The fiddle player is actually very good.

I am leaving North Carolina in the morning. A post to update on the film soon.

And on the eighteenth day. + photos.

After seventeen days of filming, I am taking a break in Asheville, and Paulus is getting his life back for a while back in Penland. We have covered a lot of ground since we started filming on July 18, both geographically and in the range of material. All in all, really very happy with how things have gone, and reports back from editor Andrea Lang in Sydney are all good.

The filming began with a three day journal making workshop. The invitees were past student of Paulus’s, many of whom are now established book artists and educators in their own right. They all had extraordinary and often moving stories to tell. Some will be in the film, and others in extended work on the blog which I expect will be launched very soon.

So, at the workshop were: Susan Bonthron, Kathy Steinsberger, Diann Fuller, Katrina Plato, Meg Peterson, Zan Lombardo, Susie Symons, David Perrin, Debra Frasier and Joy Seidler. Also participating were Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom, owners of the beautiful clay and type/printing studio that they graciously made available for the workshop.

With me filming was Jason Wingrove and photographer/blogger Vic Hannan.

Over the three days we tracked through the journal making process. making the paste paper, selecting the covers and other elements for the final book, making the covers, and stitching/ binding it together. The result was a collection of stunning  and very individual books that we will feature soon.

I then spent the following week with Paulus, talking about and filming doodling, pinch potting and making offering and begging bowls, Qi Gong and other movement, paper weaving photographs, letters and cards,and more. As well we visited with and interviews many friends and especially fairy godchildren( much more on that later). I also interviewed the head of Penland School of Craft, Jean McLaughlan, and filmed in many of the studio – clay, metalwork,photography, textiles and weaving, book arts, and others. So much good material for the film.

Here is a link to some of the photos taken by Vic Hannan in the first week. There will be more to come but they give a good flavour.

I will write about our trip north to Pennsylvania and a farm that Paulus lived  and worked on in the next post.