Amanda Matles left us mid-week, but not before she finished putting our new compost system in place. She refaced two 5-gallon buckets that we will fill with our food scraps to be picked up by a local farm each week. The brightly-colored buckets read: COMPOST FOR CHICKENS. In the process she crafted herself an apron to paint in. She also finished several small ceramic pieces to take back to Detroit and fire. Her compost project is one of many that are giving directly to the studio and our residents. As new systems are put in place we become more organized and solid, even as people continue to come and go.
Paul began working with Mary on the homestead, rearranging the space she has constructed with found twigs and logs. His past drawing series suggest catalogs, so it is fitting that he is now drawing a guide to the wildlife in the meadow. We are also looking forward to his narration of Swift Lathers' The Gardener of the Dunes, the audiobook edition.
Elodie also set up a private space near the homestead. A forklift palette provided a base for her knitted tent, affixed to three trees with a system of buttons and button holes. This space gave Elodie some woodland solace to take coffee breaks in, and reflect on her past three weeks in residence here, before heading home to San Francisco on Sunday.