I can never “dive back” (into the work) after teaching. It takes a few days or maybe as long as a week to re-orient to my previous mindset and pieces in progress before that event. Surely that is a good thing, as it forces me to pause, refresh and reconsider those projects I’ve had on my mind all summer (including my October workshops!).
I suppose it forms a cushion or space between. It brings to mind the needed spaces in music, when playing a phrase – those pauses – a quick breath – or even between the notes.
So, to ease back into ‘that’ work again, I returned to some older pieces that I felt wanted more and spent some time with them (a little more over dyeing). I think I’ve finally pushed them as far as I want and would easily let them go now.
There are a few things yet I’d like to explore before summer’s end, weather permitting. Kakishibu is one and from what I understand, if not sun, then at least a little drier atmosphere is needed. That’s been one of the challenges this summer – just dealing with the rain and lingering dampness.
I keep in mind that the season doesn’t conclude until later in September. Even so, October can also have its delicious warm spells.