Late Summer at Camp Now

Hey again,

This is Mae DK, 17 year old artist and farmer, checking in from the Camp Now Art Farm. Picture me as I write this, sitting outside under a big yellow umbrella in the early September sunshine. If you ever visit the Art Farm (and I suggest you do) be sure to come in late summer. New Lebanon catches the first chill of fall during these weeks, with green leaves beginning to fade to hot hues of yellow, orange, red. 

My first visit to the Art Farm fell early this spring, the same day Maze and I met, and the day I was introduced to Camp Now. Recently I rediscovered a photo of myself and art fairies Naho and Mary in an old newsletter, which I remember Maze snapping right after she showed us a peek of her creality cabin. The picture reminded me of who I was then, and how much the Art Farm has changed since the day Maze toured us around the property, telling us that she and a gnome were working hard to crealitate the Art Farm of their dreams.

The photo Maze took of Naho, Mary and I.

The photo Maze took of Naho, Mary and I.

This week I work with Maze in her cabin, updating master scripts and almost-final drafts of the Crealitation manuscript part one. I’ve stepped back from publishing, and since my last check in I’ve continued the work of reconciling several years worth of in depth content in our digital archives. When I am not working on content development I follow up on eclectic tasks to keep the ship sailing smoothly. It is assignments like these that keep my brain muscles flexing their multi-tasking abilities, and develop my tracking skills so things don’t slip through the cracks. 

Winter squash ripening at my family's farm.

Winter squash ripening at my family's farm.

As the seasons begin to change in honest now, my mind shifts forward in anticipation of fall and all that comes with the colder months ahead. Maze and I wrap up the first Crealitation drives this September, making sure they correspond harmoniously with Crealitation Box I, and the content that lives within it. Outside of Camp Now, my team and I continue to pull together our magazine, which is a passion project I have been developing throughout this summer and preparing to publish in November. For me the month of October becomes dedicated to making my magazine a reality, which means I will be taking time away from both my work at Camp Now and my on family’s organic vegetable farm. During October I also fly to Portland, OR to visit a dear friend and continue the process of crealitating my ideal college experience. November sees me back home, helping my family and celebrating the winter harvest, while shifting back into work at Camp Now, shedding old roles for new, and crealitating with Fox, Maze, and the rest of the crew. 

Myself and best friend/Artistic Director of my magazine.

Myself and best friend/Artistic Director of my magazine.

Though most days my brain is buzzing with future thoughts and plans, right now I draw myself back to the moment and appreciate the full fledged beauty of summer as it slips into fall.