i put my wheel up on stilts. i've never had back problems beyond simple fatigue, but for the sake of not bending over all the time, i felt like it was time to switch to standing at the wheel. i think this will work for me better. i stand to work for everything else i make. in fact, i find it nearly impossible to make something other than a pot from a seated position. so hopefully by raising my wheel, i can save my back a bit and also work in a more comfortable, but dynamic, way.
yesterday, i met with my first class for the mural project. we discussed a lot of options for our mural and the kids worked very well together, bouncing ideas and discussing aesthetics. there will be some challenges with this project, and because we will be using an historical building there are a lot of rules that we have to consider. we cannot paint directly on the brick (the main hurdle), but because we're working on panel, that allows me to encourage using an assemblage surface. we walked down to the wall to check out where our mural will be installed, then came back to begin the brainstorm. we developed (with some serious prodding from me) a muted color palette, came up with several images that we thought were important to include, and some interactive components and included pieces and parts to tell the story we want to tell. we will be creating a huge version of one of my assemblage paintings. the kids will be making all of the imagery and using stencils to make it repeatable. we talked about graffiti and decided to include some other graffiti techniques like paste-ups to create a very eclectic and mashed together work. i think the key word for our mural is going to be 'mash.' the challenge is trying to fit all these ideas, images, items, and themes together to tell one consistent story. i'm quite excited about what we can accomplish in a couple of short months.