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.
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.