Tamarind Institute: week two complete and on to week three.

No photos this time, I apologize, I simply haven’t had time to take any.

It’s been a week of firsts. I have completed my first two editions, projects that were submitted today. I am waiting for my appointment with the Tamarind educator Rodney Hammon  to review my work and assess any problems in consistency, inking and paper preparation. I’m actually looking forward to it! It’s what I need: a reality check to see my printing with different, more experienced and analytical eyes. It’s the only way I will improve so I am very open to being ripped apart now, in Rodney’s very kind and supportive manner.

We have begun our next two editions and I am up to the proofing stage. I think things are going well and I am able to keep up with the pace, no problem, but the projects are getting more and more challenging. We are now printing flats along side subtle tonal ranges, learning roller control and doing it all the Tamarind way, which is already out of my comfort zone. I will confess I could have photographed my editions but I honestly don’t want to spoil things for the next round of printers in training, so I very purposefully won’t be showing you much of my work… for now anyway.

Wait, did you click on the link back there? Here it is again: click here. Did you see my ponytail? Yup, that’s me on the far left, in true form, stealthily avoiding the camera as always! Guaranteed my OS co-workers will have a good laugh at this. I suppose we can count this as my first not-quite-there-photo on the Tamarind Institute website.

I saw my first cicada up close- it was the strangest looking thing! I have become accustomed to their droning serenade, day and night, but I have never actually seen a cicada other than in Jenn Law’s beautiful art work- thank you again Jenn! Your piece has all the more meaning for me now. I’ve also been shown my first black widow spider – no joke! We have been warned to be cautious when we are on rag duty as they live under the lids of the big fire-safe rag cans kept outside, and sure enough… they are HUGE!  I also saw a roadrunner for the first time in my driveway of all places. I mentioned  them earlier on in the post Exploring. I regret not getting photos to share but I assume there will be other opportunities as these creatures are all new to me but pretty common place here. Just like the cockroaches the size of small dogs…. I’ve decided against posting photos of the them!

I was invited to my first Albuquerque house party- my press partner Kate and her roommates had a potluck at their lovely house in Old Town Albuquerque. I plan to explore the area a little further in an upcoming post so stay tuned for that. It’s quite touristy but a fun place to window shop and get a sense of the city’s history.

I’ve attended my first on campus exercise classes- yoga and kettlebell. Love the UNM student discounts! It’s nice to get back into a bit of a workout routine and the hour-long break and mental distraction from my work in the studio is refreshing, particularly since I am in the habit of returning to work until quite late into the evening.

I had my first day off of school- it was Labour Day holiday (or Labor Day in the US) yesterday but I was in the studio for most of the weekend… so does that count? Not sure. I managed another ride along the bike trails in the sweltering heat, on my “day off”, before dropping in to the studio to proof a plate. It’s still beautiful and sunny here most days, with temperatures between 32-35C (90-95F). The evenings are cooling off just slightly these days at around 18-20C (65-68F). I have been warned to look out for beautiful sunsets and mountain views as the air cools at dusk. Although I hate for the summer to end I am very much looking forward to my first fall and winter in Albuquerque.

So you see, I am enjoying the small moments; some all new experiences and some quite familiar. I’m enjoying my Tamarind experience. Holding my breath a little for what is to come.


2 thoughts on “Tamarind Institute: week two complete and on to week three.

    1. jillgrahamink Post author

      Merci Nadine,
      Je sais maintenant pourquoi vous êtes tombé en amour avec le nouveau mexique!
      Dit-moi lorsque vous voulez venir pour une visite dans votre Westfalia. Je serais très heureux de vous recevoir.


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