Monday, September 30, 2013

I'm Home.

Okay. This is not my home, but I like it. 
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time went so fast....

 The last 3 days flew past and it is hard to believe that the 3 day class is now done. Above is Debbie working away on a pod

The Italians are here!! (student Violet, in the middle) I will see them soon in Prato. Ciao, Baby!!

Even the granola bars are beautiful in Salt Spring.

Chris working on her pod!

Fuel by Mt. Maxwell Coffee. Best Latte I have ever had. Several administered daily.

Mo working.

Christa's Lion Monkey.

Back at the cottage the power went out in high winds. apparently a common occurrence in the island. Pack by candle light has ensued. We will be up at 3:30 a.m. to get ready to catch the first ferry to Victoria...Back home soon. I will keep you posted.
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Last day teaching today..Yay, .pictures!!!

 One of my students (thanks, Judith!) pointed out that I could put my memory card in my computer to download images. Duh!! I knew here we go for the images thus far. Above, of course, is the ferry! One of the many here to take lucky people from island to island.

Here I come, Salt Spring!
One of my pieces in the exhibition- Conjoined.

Another view of the exhibition. My white pieces on the wall won the Harmonique "Best 3D" work award.

A view of the cottage I am staying in with my dear friend and fellow feltmaker, Marjolein. Bird Song Cottage

Class #1! Vessels with 3D elements

A view from the village on Salt Spring. I really cannot do it justice.

Amy, working away in the only sunshine I have seen this trip.

Jan Smith is a relative first time feltmaker. She makes extraordinary metal/enamel jewelry!!!

Part of the crew...I had 12 students.

Yvonnes fish bowl!! There is a goldfish on the other side!

a lovely student who has primary done work on her own rather than the workshop thing, I could tell right away she knew what she was doing!

My remedial students...the slow pokes ;o)

My zippy rental car that I clearly need to learn how to park.
walk on the beach


even more treasures

...and a treasured friendship/kinship
More to work. 
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Today's events...

The day began with waking at 4:00 (7:00 at home), per usual. back for a snooze and then the customary coffee consumption and visit with my house mate for the week, the super-fabulous Marjolein Dalinga.We had vowed an early night, but gave in to the lure of unanswered emails and idle gossip. Coffee at the turquoise sea-can out from of our hall was a given. The best latte EVER.

Then off to teach.Wonderful group (of course) and a three day pods class. 3 days for theis class is new to me and I am loving the freedom to be less bossy and the usual task-master. They have more time to play and I get to say "Yes" to my students. Loving it.

The day flew by, as they do, and Marjolein and I went for a little beach walk. I had my high boots on (of course) but we scaled fallen cedars and stepped over decaying seaweed, breathing in the Salt Spring air collecting shells encrusted with barnacles along the way, filling our pockets. Such treasures of inspiration.

We had a quick dinner at our "cottage" and back to the hall for the fashion show. A full house, inspired cello music and young bodies draped in some pretty stunning work entertained. I loved the visiting that followed. Lots of kind words and connections. I was a bit surprised to see the people I will be teaching for in Italy. Chatted with them and look forward to more tomorrow as they will stop by my studio and see what we are doing and have a further conversation. Now, things are quiet. I am wrapped in an old wool blanket with my wine and once I say "good night", I look forward to curling up with my book and a good nights sleep....

Good night.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Yesterday began at the ungodly hour of 3:45 as started to journey by plane, car and boat. There were a few small glitches which can be expected with several tight airplane changes and Air Canada. My luggage was lost for a time and I appreciated the sympathetic glances from my fellow flight mates as they, one by one, collected baggage leaving me at the spinning carousel empty handed.

On the upside....the journey well worth it. Flying in over the islands, the Jurassic Park theme played in my head. So beautiful and the misty ride by ferry was magical. My camera cord got missed in my packing, so images will await until I return. I know the suspense is unbearable ;)

I am at a charming B&B, that does not actually serve it's just more of one "B". I am in the little "cottage" with my fellow felt sister and instructor, Marjolein Dalinga and it is more of a tiny charming house. We will host a few visiting feltmakers, Rosie Godbout (you may know her work from the cover of 500 Felt Objects), and Elzabeth Wannaz for a dinner and wine this evening. I will pretend to speak French.

I will keep you posted.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

...and so it all begins.Baby, I'm back

Yes. yes, I know. I have neglected you, my loyal followers. I am NOW back to (mostly) daily posts as I have reached the summit of the mountain that was my epic summer and have now begun my fall travels. Such an exciting time. I still have mega work to do to prepare for my winter.Spring exhibitions, but a bit of the pressure is off after some creative time and introspection. 

I depart bright and early tomorrow for the FELT::FEUTRE event in beautiful Salt Spring Island. There will be an exhibition of felt work from the best all over Canada and this will tour and meet us next year for the next event in Halifax. The creator of this event, Fiona Duthie is first class. I will post images throughout the week so you can all be with us vicariously.

Upon return, the excitement continues. I hope you will join me as I go to the Canadian Canoe Museum,a workshop in Peterborough Ontario and in a few weeks to Italy. Ciao, Bella!! Stay tuned. It's going to be a wild ride.

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time to relax

time to relax
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