Category Archives: my peeps
April Rose was my teacher in Los Angeles and the leader of the Nautch Project.
Here is her solo from Tribal Fest last week. So beautiful! I am amazed that she can have such control and exude such wild abandon and joy at the same time. Love it!
For more info about April Rose, visit her website.
Meet my awesome roomie Charlotte! Here are 10 things about her: she works at the Yarn Circle (pictured above), she made that green sweater, she loves butter, she can play the guitar and sing real well, she is a fancy-pants Contra Dance caller and has called all across the South, she’s a dancer on Sticks-in-the-Mud Border Morris, she often assists in the Cheesemaking classes at the Folk School, she loves to chop wood, she’s from Virginia, she loves Almond Butter from Trader Joe’s. She’s rad. I am really enjoying living with her and Julie.
I just got back to North Carolina from Los Angeles last night. I had so much fun hanging with my family and my girls. I can’t believe I’ve been belly dancing with Hannah and Leila since 2008…..!!!
Leila, Shoop and I were reminiscing about this Bollywood piece which was our first choreography together! SO CUTE! Choreography is by Heather Shoopman and Calamity Sam and Heidi also appear in this video. Back in the Se7eN & Bliss days!I always listen to MC Panjabi Radio on Pandora at work, this song always comes on and I can never remember the dang choreo. Thanks to Lynn for taking the video, maybe I can refresh my brain cells.
Since I wrapped up my stint at the folk school, I have been living in the guest house at Henn’s Nest just outside of Murphy, NC. Betsy Bailey Henn, the matriarch of the family, is a super-talented artist whose creativity knows no bounds. Her and her family owned and ran the movie theater in town (The Henn Theater) since the 30s. She now teaches art and co-runs a store-front gallery called the Artists Common Gallery.
Today, Betsy and I set up a table in the backyard and decided to attack a legion of pumpkins! This is documentary evidence of our creative endevours. Enjoy!
I am now going to tell you about one of the most amazing gifts I’ve ever received.
I didn’t know what marquetry was until I came to the folk school, so I will let wikipedia enlighten you as to what it is in case you are in the same state I was.
Marquetry, according to wikipedia, is “the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The technique may be applied to case furniture or even seat furniture, to decorative small objects with smooth, veneerable surfaces or to free-standing pictorial panels appreciated in their own right.” It is basically taking pieces of different color wood, cutting them into shapes, and inlaying them into a larger piece.
Leah took a marquetry class right after we took Bob Dalsemer’s dance calling class together. She decided her project would be not one, but two, identical boxes to hold calling cards: one for me and one for her. The image she chose was a photo of the two of us swinging at a dance in the community room:
I helped her to draw us as shapes in Adobe Illustrator and she took the printout to the woodworking studio and made wood magic. She made the most incredible boxes for us to hold our blossoming dance card collections. It was one of the most touching gifts anyone has ever given me… she freaking inlayed us in wood! How cool is that?
Thank you Leah! I will cherish my box forever.
Of course I had to get creative and put on my thinking cap to do something uber special for Leah. For her going away gift I made dividers and an assortment of custom made dance card for her. Here is an example of one of the cards:
Last week, the painting class was a “portraits in oil” class. Both Rebecca and Julie sat as models for a full day for the class. It was surreal seeing their portraits all together at show and tell.
I hereby declare this photo of Julie, “Julie’s World.” Glad her back is not all broken and distorted looking like Christina. Also, the general feeling of this photo is chill & relaxed, not wistful sadness/longing/isolation like the Wyeth painting. I tried to do the same pose where Julie is, but I ended up looking like I was in an epic war battle crawling around on the ground with an imaginary gun like I was staking out Orchard house.
I am alive; thanks to Candice for the booty kick and the realization that I am long overdue for an update.
So, since you last heard from me, I have assumed my host position at the John C. Campbell Folk School. At this point, I am more than halfway through my term and it has been an INCREDIBLE life changing experience. The host position is a scholarship job where I live and work at the folk school as an RA of sorts with the exchange of getting to take a class every single week.
The work study position I had in the winter was only a nine week program where I worked on a team of five people and we did mainly gardening and maintenance projects. The work studies work 6 weeks and get to take 3 week long classes. The work study scholarship is either working 9-5 OR going to class like a regular student the other weeks. The host position is like working full time and going to school full time, hence being WAY more busy all the time (hence my absence from the digital world); you are on call all the time. It’s exhausting, but the experience is really invaluable because I get to take so many classes.
The host job is a four month position and there are always 2 hosts. As of 2 weeks ago, I am senior host and Rebecca Gallo of Hyde Park, New York is my junior co-host. When I was junior host, the lovely Ms. Leah Dolgoy of Montreal (see photos below) was my co-host for two months. The terms overlap so one host can always train the incoming junior host.
Enough technical talk…. so classes! (besides getting your own room) the classes are the BEST part of being a host. I have taken thus far:
Beginning Blacksmithing with Paul Garret
Ladderback Chairmaking with Lyle Wheeler
Lighting in Blacksmithing with Greg Price
Chasing Tools and Toolmaking in Blacksmithing with Bill Robertson
Dance Calling with Bob Dalsemer
Beginning Fiddle with Cathy Grant
Quilt Making with Audrey Hiers
Chair Caning with Gwen and Jared Chafin
Mountain Dulcimer Building with John Huron
Medicinal Herbs with Cathy Merckens
Spoon Carving with Frank Boyd
Forge Building with Bob Alexander
Pictorial Woodburning with Debbie Pompano
As if I wasn’t already randomly skilled in many random things, I am totally upping the ante here at the folk school. Next week I am taking basket weaving. I love it.
I miss playing music with Leah! She and I would always jam together during random spots throughout the day when we had a moment. We also had many clandestine meetings in areas of the campus where late night music could not be heard by sleeping ears. As you can she in the photo, she plays autoharp and I of course play clawhammer banjo.
She tunes we would play most often included:
“Bury Me Beneath the Willow”
“The Marching Jaybird”
“Say Darlin” Say”
“My Long Journey Home”
“Virginia Bootlegger Song”
I moved back to the folk school today! I am trying desperately to catch up on blogs as my new folk school chapter opens – hence the influx of entries.
I would love it if you sent me mail! I’ll write you back, if you write me:
Cory Marie Podielski
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
Also, I wanted to give a shout out to Reaux and Candice, who often post comments on my blog. Thanks girls! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
(HINT HINT… I really like it when you drop a comment, it makes me feel like I am actually communicating with folks and not just broadcasting aimlessly over the vast digital ether… even just a hi is great… but on the other hand, silent anonymous person, I am glad you are here reading anyway.)