Once again, I’m gearing up for another workshop. This time it’s a residency-3 days broken up between my regular teaching days. It’ll be a full week. I’ll see roughly 400 students, so I’m cutting that many hachi maki. Last weekend, I think I bought Jo-Ann Fabrics out of all of their 1.49/yd. bolts of muslin (at least the one store where I shop). I spent one full day watching movies and cutting. I have 200 now, 200 more to go. The big event isn’t for another 2 weeks yet, so I’m in good shape. I’d like to get the rest done though before Thanksgiving.
This workshop is probably moving me toward developing the kind of thing I’d like to do more of. I haven’t been doing this for very long, so as I do it, I think of other things I can do to develop it. The school where I’m going this time wants a little more, so it’s helping me to think more in that direction. I’ve put some time into thinking much more about the significance of fish (symbolism) and fishing in Japan. I’m thinking about imagery, maps and other materials. There’s a lot of potential. Fortunately, my resources as a Japanese language teacher help as well.