Finishing up a piece of art today and looking through my discarded books for an odd page or two to “seal” the back with. Choose a page from Belford’s Chatterbox from the 1800’s for its nice stained and aged pages and as I pasted it to the back I noticed the passage, “She had a touching way of referring to her mother as if she were not dead, but still here with us, mixed among our comings and goings.” I often do that myself and it made me think of my mother (who was part Bulgarian) and just then The Bulgarian Choir came on my music mix in the studio!
I finished that piece and grabbed another page, completely at random, selected only for the symmetry of the print on the page and noticed just before I glued it down that it contained a poem by John Ruskin. I just spent the earlier morning reading all about the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust where my son Nicholas is working this summer in Nailsworth ,England.
Inspired by the ideals of William Morris, John Ruskin and Rudolf Steiner, the Trust has developed a unique and brilliantly successful approach to problems of social exclusion, economic decline and environmental degradation. The trust operates on three campuses that are simultaneously residential colleges for young people with learning disabilities, seedbeds for economic regeneration and centres for artistic renewal.