I recently had the opportunity to teach a photography and styling class at TREEHOUSE. kid & craft to a wonderful group of girls ages ten - fourteen. We had so much fun learning about the elements of exposure, how to shoot in manual on a DSLR, and concepts such as depth of field and color and composition. We learned about some iconic photographers and watched just a bit of the BBC documentary on Vivian Maier. The last day we spent practicing food styling with props generously provided by Mimi Maumus of home.made catering and beautiful pottery by R. Wood Studio Ceramics. I took these photographs and a few more at the end of our last day. This was such an energizing experience for me; obviously, Treehouse itself is a beautiful space to teach from and is filled with inspiration, and it was also interesting to work with girls in that age range, especially as I thought about Piper and Larken and what they will be like as they grow older. Each one of the students was so special and I loved seeing them learn, and sensing when a concept really clicked. It was awesome to hear how familiar they were with the exposure choices they were making toward the end of the camp. You can see more of these photographs at theseedandplate.com.
So I left with a bit of a cliffhanger in my last journal entry, and I didn't do that for dramatic effect, but instead wanted everything to be finalized before sharing news. Here goes: John and I have acquired a beautiful studio space, the Schoolhouse, just outside of town (maybe five miles from downtown Athens?) with a rich creative history. It's a beautiful, white, one-room schoolhouse (as the name suggests) with a tin roof and wood floors, walls, and ceiling. We are so excited for this studio... right now, our initial plans (beyond just having a beautiful space to work and play in that isn't home) include dinners, small shows, workshops, art openings, pop-up shops, recording space, and many more things. There is still much to be done with branding, promoting, designing and building the site, but thus far the response among friends and those who we partner with has been incredibly enthusiastic and supportive. We envision a beautiful space with rustic wood as the backdrop, but modernist white and neutral furnishings, vintage rugs, and beautiful floral and greenery arrangements. We plan to host our first dinner in the fall. I will be sharing the details of how we are progressing here on my journal as well as on instagram, but for now, we are in the stage of dreams and hard work. We also plan to use the space for The Seed and Plate events, classes, workshops. Of all the beautiful things we have envisioned, John and I are most excited about doing this together as a family.
Piper started kindergarten this past week, lost her first tooth just days before, and Larken talks non-stop with a killer sense of humor. The girls are growing up so beautifully with personalities that constantly keep me engaged and enthralled. Their amazing little minds bring me more and more joy everyday. And they love each other so much; one of my favorite things is seeing them play together, hold hands, and hug each other. Larken tends to be the mischievous antagonist in their relationship, while Piper has come to thoroughly enjoy the role of older sister. They are very close. We are all growing closer, everyday, despite fatigue and all of the brokenness within and around us, and add to that all of the work John and I both have. I know I have written this over and over but it remains true: I am so hopeful for the season that lies ahead. And I very much appreciate the one we are in now, even with everything that is hard. I am so thankful for the love that we have and share. And for the chance to work together more with John! Wonderful things. I look forward to sharing more when I can.