This summer I signed up for a stonecarving class at Pratt, which is Seattle's Central District. It's an amazing place and it feels like home to be in a studio space again with people making things.
I was very lucky to get Sabah Al Dhaher as my instructor. A lot of the people in my class have been taking classes with him for years. The class was great because we only worked with chisels and hand tools, no power tools. I loved it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of moving your chisel through the stone. I'm hooked and have signed up for another class in the fall. Below is my first attempt.
I've done a terrible job of keeping up with this blog. And now it seems like there is too much catching up to do. But still, I had one of the best times of my life in early June and it was mostly because I got to go on a seaplane, which I've been longing to do ever since I moved to Seattle. (I love small planes!)
My boss, Rick Fehrenbacher, and I went to the Digital Humanities conference (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. To get there all I had to do was stroll a few blocks with my suitcase to arrive at Kenmore Air on South Lake Union. It took about 35 minutes to fly to Victoria and the seaplane put us down right in front of the Empress Hotel. We got some lunch, strolled around and caught a bike race, had some gelato and then took a cab out to the university.
My group, Games for Digital Humanists, was by far the coolest group of all. Everyone was wonderful and funny. Our teachers, Andy Keenan and Matt Bouchard kept us laughing the entire time. (Rick was in a group called Digital Humanities for Deans and Administrators. Not the same high hilarity in his group I guess. Go figure.) On the fourth day, Matt and Andy broke us up into groups and had us play a game they created, which was a game to make a game. As a result all the groups came up with terrific games but below you will see the standout, Reunion.
Andy and Matt's game led our team - Chris Leeder, John Fink, and I - to make a simple kid's board game called Vacation Migration. We set it up as a Print & Play game onthis website.
On the trip home I got to fly in the co-pilots seat and landing we banked right over my condominium. (I love small planes!)
In all of my ePortfolio work I talk about using the blog as an engine for collecting evidence and tagging that evidence so that during the selection process it is easy to filter. But I never follow my own advice. So as of today (1/15/13) I am going to begin dumping things in here and see if I can train myself to get in the habit of posting something at least once a week.