Sunday, June 6, 2010

We're Back & Running!

I'm very excited to announce that I've started my blog again! Now that I'm living in another exciting place that's worth writing about I'll make an effort to take pictures and share what I'm learning while I'm at Penland School of Crafts in the NC Mountains this summer :)

Nearly a month has past since I left Raleigh and I've settled into the life at Penland with the ease of a summer breeze. Classes for the first summer session started last week and those students will be moving on at the end of this week, making room for a new batch who'll arrive for the second session. So far I've met a lot of artists that are well developed in their craft and either live on campus or are visiting as instructors. Yoga is twice a day, the food is incredible, and I've got a great view of the mountains outside my office window. Things couldn't be better--minus the giant spider(s) living under the floorboards of my room. I've named one Freddy Krueger but I'm thinking about changing it to "Peanut" as I try to embrace this hopefully mutual relationship. Not for the arachnophobic!

Penland sits on Conley Ridge in the Mitchell County mountains and is surrounded by Spruce Pine, Bakersville, Burnsville, and Little Switzerland NC. Most GPS's can't find it, but it's here! Penland has a long history dating back to the early 20th century when Miss Lucy Morgan founded it as a weaving school for the community. Now it has turned into a nationally recognized awesome place for beginning and experienced artists alike to expand upon their craft! How fantastic!

So stick with me the next couple of months and I'll fill you in on all the great things that happen up here where the clouds fly west to east and the weather is unpredictable. Give me a holler if you're able to visit! <3