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But for real today was the coolest, start to finish.
I got to bookbinding class, and somehow the conversation turned to natural dyeing, which turned to black walnuts (which are vastly in season right now), and when I asked my professor if I could spend the workday out looking for them not only did she say yes, she showed me her book she’d bound with walnut-dyed paper, and then emailed the head of the program to find out his method. He emailed back and offered to set up a messy workspace for us, and gave us their papermaking facility’s recipe!
Two of my classmates and I wandered far and wide to find walnuts, which we then hulled by smashing them into the sidewalk with rocks. Then we picked them to pieces (which resulted in black/brown/green fingers), Then we boiled them, and after my letterpress class I dyed some paper. I think they ended up dyeing cloth later. My favorite part was how no one thought we were insane or weird and just said “oh yes there are paintbrushes” and “here is the dye pot”.
After my evening class, I invited two people over to make pickles and ricotta, which turned into pickles, ricotta, bread, olive oil/garlic, caramelized onions, roasted garlic/shallots, and pasta with onion, tomatoes, squash, etc. And tea. One of them brought her one-eyed dog. They just left at almost midnight.
So essentially everything is as it should be.
I am the luckiest. I stumbled onto some just very cool and interesting people at grad school. Two of them were tweeting at me all day, which made me smile all over, another one went to a late night drag show with me last night, and another group is VERY invested in going to EVERY book arts and library lecture that comes along.
I’m the happiest.