That's me, aligning a stencil frame, as I print more wallpaper for an upcoming show.
I've been working twelve hours work days. My legs and feet are exhausted, particularly because we take off our shoes when we walk on our projects. We work on the floor, a lot of the time, and walk on our art. But we don't want to mar the surface of the painted paper. Working without any arch support is murder on my feet! (You can see my socked feet through the plastic of the stencil.)
Can you see how dark it was outside when I took this photo? I just hope we actually created enough of this particular pattern!
Former intern Sheri and current intern Mike hang the wallpaper. I think they probably wanted to kill me today. I had shown them how to hang wallpaper a couple of months ago, and we had talked through every step of the process. But then I had to leave the studio, and go to a meeting, and I asked them to start pasting and hanging the wallpaper without me.
Somehow, the paper and the paste (which we had used successfully just last week) reacted badly to one another, and the paper stretched out of shape, which caused horrible wrinkles and non-aligned patterns. It was pretty hair raising, and they were working without supervision, hanging wallpaper for the very first time.
We took a deep breath, tracked down some thicker paste, adjusted our technique, and pretty soon everyone was smiling again.
How about that awesome wallpaper?