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After two and a half weeks of devotedly working with images in Photoshop and Illustrator we have handed off the lantern cutting to Telmo, who is filling in for Carlos while he leads a multi-nation workshop in Aljustrel with 36 participants. As we are more used to doing everything ourselves, this time of waiting for someone else to fabricate our designs is rather odd...and slightly unnerving, especially as we are aiming to be completed by the end of the weekend so we can have some time to explore the region by bus.
We are cutting designs into the cardboard of 19 lanterns and into parchment paper that will be glued to another 8 to 10 lanterns. Jo has glued flora she dried and pressed onto tissue paper that will be for another 8 to 10 lanterns. She managed to convince fellow resident artist Margaret Feeney to paint designs onto a prototype lantern which will also be included in the installation.
We needed a break from Photoshop so we shot three stop motion videos: something with laundry pins in the back yard and two in a beautiful, shaded area near the monastery ruins. These will be posted once we add sound to them. We are also moving forward on our weaving with bamboo and buinho grasses.
Antonio, the shopkeeper where we buy our produce, wine and cheese, is also the holder of the keys for the churches of the village. He took us up the hill to view Igreja Matriz, which is only utilized for special festas.
American welder/sculpture Sage's sister has left the house, Margaret's son Timo came and spent the night before leaving for Lisbon where Margaret has joined him. Sam (U.K.) and Marina (France) who reside in Iceland are now in the Buinho house along with Telmo and Rui (not sure of the spelling), who is helping Carlos with the workshop in Aljustrel, 10 km away.