One month to go! Help! I’ll be gone for two months, a long time to be away from home. I applied for and received a Cultural Explorers International grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Another case of “be careful what you ask for, you might get it.” And I am grateful.
I’m leaving 4/5/11, & returning on 5/31. For the first 3+ weeks at the University of Wales, Bangor, I’ll be studying prehispanic West Mexican clay flutes and sculptures of musicians, some really beautiful pieces collected by Peter Crossley-Holland when he lived here and taught ethnomusicology at UCLA. The collection is now in boxes in the basement of the Music Dept.
The next 3+ weeks, I’ll be working in a clay studio, having fun, & studying these flutes by making them. At the end, I’ll give a public presentation in Bangor about the collection with the images I shoot, & the sounds we record.
Hopefully, there will also be a workshop in making clay flutes sponsored by the North Wales Pottery collective and a local college.
Ha ha, I also get to be a tourist, looking at cairns, castles, hiking around Isle of Anglesey and Mt. Snowdon, visiting galleries in London or Dublin.
When I return, there will be a San Pedro/LA presentation on 6/23 and a workshop the following weekend at Angel’s Gate, where I my studio is located.
Wheee! Sheer terror and excitement!
More to come….