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Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 30, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, August 30, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, August 30, 2018
Haystack announces release of Moving Forward

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts recently announced the publication of its most recent monograph, Moving Forward by Faythe Levine.

Levine was a visiting writer at Haystack from June 11-23, 2017. Her time at the school was marked by afternoon gatherings with faculty and students. These took many forms, including film screenings, conversations, musical listening sessions, walks on the beach, and were announced daily with hand-drawn signs that hung in the dining hall. Ultimately, these events were intended to foster a sense of community, and they encouraged people to interact with one another in subtle and profound ways, according to a news release from Haystack.

During her time at Haystack, Levine spoke about the impact of Black Mountain College and the writings of M.C. Richards. “Faythe had a way of helping people to understand their work as being part of this continuum and encouraging the belief that craft could be an expansive idea capable of bringing about change, both in oneself and in the world at large,” Haystack Director Paul Sacaridiz said in the news release.

Towards the end of that two-week session, participants learned that Paulus Berensohn, a lifelong friend of the school, had passed away.

“As a group we took a moment to acknowledge the passion he brought to his life and his conviction in the creative potential inherent in all people. Having Faythe as a visiting writer at that particular moment felt almost serendipitous, as if a baton was being passed forward, from one generation to the next, in a spirit of true generosity and joy,” Sacaridiz said.

Levine is the assistant curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She is also a multimedia artist and author. Over time her work has accumulated into a large portfolio centered around ongoing themes of community, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment, and documentation. Levine’s two most widely known projects, Sign Painters (2013) and Handmade Nation (2009), both feature-length documentaries with accompanying books, have toured extensively in venues such as the Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Initiated in 1991, Haystack’s Monograph Series provides a forum for writers of varied perspectives to reflect on the idea of craft. To purchase a copy of this, or other monographs in the collection, contact the school at 348-2306 or write to us at haystack@haystack-mtn.org. />