It's my last day as a Spindleworks intern...anyone who's stepped foot in this building can imagine how hard of a goodbye this is. I was greeted this morning with a box of donuts made at a shop in Portland from the always kind crew of staff staff here, so the bitterness of leaving has been sprinkled by some sweetness. This week has felt a little quieter to me than most, but some exciting activities have been in the works here! I enjoyed sitting in on Martha's Oaxacan Wood Animals workshop yesterday afternoon. A few artists used pre-cut wooden shapes to create farm animal shapes without altering the original forms of the wood pieces. Projects like this help create such resourceful and creative attitudes in us all by increasing the difficulty of sculpting with shapes the artist did not individually form. Wood glue was used to secure the pieces together. The animals created naturally had a slightly whimsical touch due to the difficulty of pairing shapes together, which gave them all a more playful touch, as well. The next challenge is adding paint and yarn and other kinds of attachments to bring the creatures to life.
I'm not sure I could have enjoyed my 6 weeks with Spindleworks more. In assisting these artists I have received more assistance than in most environments I've entered. Working and socializing with these incredible makers and doers has been eye opening for me, but even more so, it has been inspirational. The sense of confidence and comfort with oneself, diligence and patience, and incredible positivity are all rare traits to be able to find woven throughout such a large and diverse group. The staff and artists have been eager to help and welcome me, quick to show thanks and are, of course, each full of talent. If you're reading this and have yet to pay a visit to the studios and galleries of Spindleworks, I am hoping that these posts have been revealing enough to convince you to stop by. In one spot you will find countless opportunities for volunteering, an artisan shop, and an experience that is as energizing as it is rare. I think one of the strongest feelings it will leave you with is gratefulness. I know I'll be back as soon as possible.