Friday, October 3, 2014

Home from Europe (briefly)

Bonjour and Bonjuorno!  Had a fabulous trip and was gone long enough to feel almost European.

I have hopes to post about my trip to France and Italy but I am finding little time as I need to prepare to leave again on Oct. 22 to go to St. Louis for the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis annual show.  Then to Poplar Bluff to visit my folks.  My brother and sister will also be visiting!  After a week in PB I travel to Round Top to teach at Art Retreat at the Prairie and then visit friends in Austin a few days and back home on Nov. 10th.

Au Revoir and Arrivederci!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Going to Europe

In just a few hours my friend Wendy and her husband Steve will be picking me up to head for SFO and off to Paris.  Wendy and I will spend four days in an apartment overlooking the Seine and Notre Dame.  This will be our view.

We'll be able to walk to a lot of places we want to see, Luxembourg Gardens area, The Tuileries Garden (FrenchJardin des Tuileries), a public garden created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, the Musée de l'Orangerie where Claude Monet's water lily paintings are, St. Chapelle for the stained glass and I'm sure we'll visit Berthillon for ice cream too!

After Paris we will fly down to Montpellier and take a taxi over to Sommieres to meet Riki and her friends where we'll stay in a villa for the week, visiting flea markets, walking the town and seeing historical sites.

At weeks end I fly back to Paris to meet my husband Michael and we are off on a journey to Italy.  A few days in Rome, then to Naples and doing a five day walking tour of the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

We'll take a train from Naples to Florence for a couple of days and then back to Rome and Home.

It's going to be a long trip for me but a wonderful adventure!  I may not be online much, I'm not taking my computer to haul around and hope I don't regret that or have withdrawals.  I will have my iPhone but not sure how much I'll use it except to take some photos that may not get posted until I return home in Oct.

I didn't expound on my packing experience!  I tried to pare down how much I'm taking but I am an awful packer, of the mind to take more than I need and have it than not.  So it was a challenge but I think I can handle my one suitcase and a small backpack. 

Bonjour and Bongiorno!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

So Much in the Future!

I was up early this morning and these were my thoughts I wrote:

I'm up early
amazed at the stillness
the quiet peace
until I listen closely
hear the wind through the trees
the birds singing their morning song
even the full moon setting calls to me
as the cats cry out their plea for breakfast
and the voice in my head says coffee please

I've been busy this morning continuing with listings on eBay, trying to sell off some things to appear I'm not really hoarding anything.  Check out some of my listings if you want.  Here is a couple of items and links then you can check on see all my items.  It takes a fair amount of time to photo, describe and list items so keep checking as I will methodically be adding things.

Most of Sept. I will be traveling in France and Italy.  I'm so lucky to be able to take such an adventure and am looking forward to it very much.

After my travels I will be going to Missouri to participate in the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis annual sale.  Then visit my folks along with my sister Jan before I head to Texas to teach at Art Retreat at the Prairie.  I still can't believe I'm going to get to stay and teach at Rachel Ashwell's Prairie!  It looks so fabulous and I can't believe more people aren't signing up to come!  Barb Solem of Vivi Magoo puts this retreat on and the classes offered along with the accommodations are so unique!   Don't you want to join me for a class or two at this incredible setting?

Here are some more pics of fabrics and scarves I'm teaching how to botanical and rust dye print.  It's so fun and magical to take leaves, flower petals, onion skins and rusted relics, wrap them up with fabric and see what transpires!

I will also be teaching a garment reconstructing class where we take gently used and unloved garments and create a new one with them.  Perhaps adding bits of vintage lace, embroidered doilies, and old interesting buttons.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Art Unraveled Journey

I traveled to Phoenix and back for Art Unraveled.  My classes were amazing!  I have little documentation.  I'm always so bad at taking pictures when I'm teaching.  Someday maybe I'll get an assistant (hint hint sister?).

I arrived on Wed. and got to spend time with some friends. Kate Thompson, Joanna Pierotti and I visited a bit and then I met up with Leslie McCarthy and we went to SAS Fabrics.

Thursday evening I taught rust marking on ribbon and fabric strips.  It's always magic when the prints appear from the rusted objects and you get these repeat, superimposed images!  The students did some very cool pieces and I did not take one darned picture or get their contact information.  I get so caught up in the process of doing I don't think to document.  sigh.  I would love for anyone who took the class to send me pics if you have them!

Friday was the garment reconstruction class "Workshop Runway".  I cannot believe the wonderful garments people made!  All were so different but started out as button down shirts!  I had the presence of mind to snap a few shots before we modeled these at Happy Hour.  There were a couple of students who didn't show up for the runway and I missed them!

The garment I'm wearing was a group challenge piece that everyone contributed to the design and it was auctioned off at the end of the runway show and the money donated to The Youth Development Institute.  Jill Berry took the panoramic group shots and Jill also emceed the fashion show.  Thank you for the wonderful job you did Jill!!

Saturday was vendor day so everyone was busy selling and of course buying!  Kathi Ligon was a wonderful helper and I thank her from the bottom of my heart and hope she will help me next year!

I had a few days to hang around, see friends, and rest up a bit.

Tuesday I took a class with Tory Brokenshire.  We took old porcelain doll heads and covered them with sculpey clay and added the facial features with the clay.  The heads got baked and then we painted the faces, attached arms, and added garments.  I felt mine looked more like the original English nanny, maybe Mary Poppins? A Nomad? than it did a Santos, but having never made a doll like this before I was happy with it.  Tory was a wonderful instructor!  And look at the diversity of dolls made.

Joanna Pierotti took this photo of me with my doll.

Joanna with her doll and Tory.

And now it's time to start working on applications for next year's Art Unraveled!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flight of Spirit Gathering Grace

April 18 – 25, 2015
Kauai, HI

Join me, Roxanne Evans Stout and Susan Wooldridge for a spirit of Aloha gathering on the Garden Isle of Kauai.

Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and has a rich history, unique from the other Islands of Aloha. Aside from it being the wettest place on earth – with an average annual rainfall of 440 inches (over 36.5 feet) – the 553 square mile island of Kauai is complete with deserts, rainforests, beaches, swamps, and mountains.

The literal meaning of Aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life”.  It comes from “alo” meaning presence, front and face and  “ha” meaning breath.  Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect.  It’s deeper meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread love to others.

Walks will be taken as we gather botanicals to use in dye printing fabric and paper with me.  We'll gather our senses as we take note of our surroundings and make plans for collages and books with Roxanne.  Susan will encourage words and writings to come forth that we'll put down on pages. With grace and island magic we'll put it all together in our own personal books to document our flight of spirit.

The retreat will consist of 8 days and 7 nights on the Westside of Kauai at the Waimea Plantations housed in the Kruse House where all instruction and gatherings will take place.

The retreat will be limited to 14 people.  If you're interested in attending please email me for more information.