Is it too late for me to study abroad? My friend Katy would say no, it's not too late.
If that's the case, I've found my next dream study abroad project:
Skals Handarbejdsskole in Denmark. It's a boarding school devoted to textiles and handwork. For real. Students of all ages are welcome, most students are between 19 and 35. (So I'm still "young enough"!)
There are three core classes:
These are the other classes they offer:
Bookbinding – Calligraphy – Dress form making – Fashion drawing – Hand-knitting – Machine embroidery – Handmade paper - IT Photoshop – Straw binding – Birch bark work – Wicker
Then they have Project Week where they focus on a theme. "During Easter we have worked with willow, birch bark, wire weaving, paper and plaster under the theme ‘containers’. In this way we experience different methods and techniques of working with the hands, and at the same time broaden the notions of the textile."
Yes, please, I'd like to sign up for all of that please.
I've toyed with the idea of going back to school ever since I graduated from Willamette U back in '99. Back then I thought I wanted to teach higher ed, maybe even be a professor. The idea is still so enchanting and romantic. What I have now is similar in that my students are super motivated and really want to learn what I teach. And I love that.
Then for a while I thought maybe midwifery or nursing school. Having a baby jolted me to the reality that I would need on-call child care, like a live-in nanny. Not for me.
And so the fantasy of continuing education keeps percolating.