Where are you from?
KA: Western Mass. – the Berkshires. It’s farming country.
What do you do there?
KA: I farm with my boyfriend. We have an organic vegetable farm. Among other veggies, we have 10 garlic varieties. Right now we have 1/10 acre of garlic, our goal is to plant an acre. We live in a 314 sq. ft. round straw bale house – round like a yurt.
How did you hear about the Folk School?
KA: I worked at a farm with Bradley, a former Work/Study. He showed me the catalog and I was hooked!
Do you have a class focus planned for your host term?
KA: Fiber Arts – I fell in love with spinning when I took a weekend class with Martha Owen when I was a Work/Study last year – it changed my world. I also want to learn more about natural dye.
What are your “silver bullets*?”
From Sheep to Shawl with Martha Owen
Fair Isle Knitting: Starting with Color with Martha Owen
Handmade Felt Shoes & Boots with Peggy Patrick and Kay Patterson
(*A “silver bullet” is a class that the host picks that they will get into without the risk of being pushed out because of a full class. Each host gets to pick 3 silver bullets – the other classes they take are based on availability)
What’s your favorite place at the Folk School?
KA: The trails behind Mill House and the Rivercane Walk. I also loved my bed by the window on the 3rd floor of Keith House when I was a Work/Study.
Favorite Dining Hall food?
What’s your favorite thing you’ve made at the Folk School?
KA: A wooden spoon I made in a weekend carving class.
Do you like to dance?
KA: I love to dance! And I love to dance at the Folk School more than anywhere else.
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com