on being back in the classroom

 I easily settle into the quiet controlled environment of my studio work life.  I adjust the volume on my stereo with a turn of my wrist, change the lighting with a flick of a switch, I’m tired of sewing, I change seats and work on an entirely different project.  In the classroom things are far more volatile.  Yesterday we printed the first round of silk screen designs.  I came home with magenta and green paint in my hair, under my fingernails and somehow in one armpit.   But inside that chaos is joy I cannot muster alone in my studio.  Kids so thrilled with their screen printed robot or winged heart that they are forming future plans to make a living printing shirts.