One of my first jobs in the arts was working with the incredible textile designer, Teresa Hays, at her marbling studio in Franklin, Tennessee.
Mornings started at a very loosely interpreted 10 am: Teresa and I popped into the studio, downed a cup of her extra-strong morning coffee, split half of a peanut butter cookie,* then refilled our cups for just the right amount of fuel before mixing paint and marbling yards of scarves and fabric—all before Terri Gross’s Fresh Air began at 11 am.
Most days, once the coffee had kicked in, we would gab about life and the universe and how we feel about this, that, and the other.
Some days, though, one or both of us would request Cloud Time, which was just a nice way of saying—I don’t feel like chatting, my head is in the clouds, and I like it here. We would work in comfortable silence, methodically marbling, watching paint splatter on the filmy surface of the marbling bath, briefly making eye contact and nodding to say “great job, move here, ready-set-go” as we laid long sheets of yardage onto the paint.
Scenes from Teresa’s Studio, featuring my favorite coffee cup. In the gallery above: A Peony in the Clouds, A Wave in the Clouds, Ingredients for Cloud Stew. Enjoy!
It has been years since the days of marbling and Fresh Air, but I still find myself taking a Cloud Break, even if just for a few minutes (wait … what time is it?).
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MDK Field Guide No. 10: Downtown, Mohonk and Mohonk Light are this month’s MDK Gems! Special offer here, ending Wednesday, August 31. Isabell Kraemer’s designs sparkle in Jill Draper’s farm-to-skein, hand-dyed yarns.
*Teresa kept cookies from Dozen Bakery in her freezer … the elite way of storing the best cookie in the whole world, if you ask me.