My Digital Fabric class at Sievers ended yesterday. I had good intentions when I said, on Thursday, I would try to get photos of some of the fabrics my students printed with Thermofax screens they made from their digital designs. Of course, between wrapping up and packing up, I never even pulled out my camera until I was on the ferry.

Mine was the only car waiting to leave the island when the ferry line launched an extra vessel. The line to get onto the island was getting backed up on the other side. I sometimes feel like the Queen of Denial, but this is my first-ever Royal Barge experience. It made me feel lucky and special — until I realized there would be no last hugs and goodbyes as the ferry passed the seawall at Northport. I didn’t have the nerve to hug the pilot.

During the crossing, I always try to take a few minutes to reflect on a class before I jump into whatever is next on my to-do list. I’m so grateful to be able to teach at Sievers. The staff makes it easy for me to do the best job I can do, and they create an atmosphere that makes it easy for students to relax and have fun with whatever class they’ve come for.

Two of my students had taken workshops with me before at Sievers. It was great to reconnect with them and to enjoy the special alchemy of fun personalities this class brought together. I can’t wait to see the work they produce as they continue their explorations of digital fabric design. And if you’re on any of their holiday gift lists — lucky you!

I must admit that during the crossing my mind wandered a bit from my grateful reflections. Before I left Sievers, I did a little shopping and picked up “Seduce”, a Berroco blend of rayon, linen, silk and nylon. I can’t wait to get started on a looping project.

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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin

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