Well, it's been just about a year since I left California for China.
It has been an extraordinary experience teaching Western Book Arts in
three schools here, but it's time to move on.
China is a difficult place for a westerner to live in. Nothing is
familiar, not the language, not the habits and reactions of people,
not the way things are done. One has to have help doing the simplest
of things. I feel uncomfortable being stared at constantly... the
Chinese natural curiousity (even about each other) is everywhere, and
foreigners especially ALWAYS gather a crowd whatever they're doing.
It's unnerving at times. I long for anonymity now.
I've met some wonderful people, however, and hope to keep them as
friends through email for a long time. I'll be flying out of Shanghai
on January 10th for Tucson AZ for a week and then on the Austin TX
where my kids now live. I'll spend the summer there, and in the fall
go back to Tucson and look for digs. So I guess my studio will be
back in business by winter. Tucson has a big paper and book arts
community and I have many friends there. I hope to become part of
that melieu soon. I'll also get back to being an active member of the
MBS again. New Orleans sounds yummy!
All of you have a wonderful holiday season and a great new year!!