We had such a stimulating discussion yesterday morning that was the perfect ending to an amazing retreat - I can hardly wait to get home, get into the studio, touch my stash, and create. This is good.
Visiting The Art Barn was incredibly special. Not only was it wonderful to see Marcy and Katherine again, but we got to tour their studios, see where and how everything happens in The Art Barn, meet Beth and Roxy who work there, and - of course - buy fabric. I'll show you what I bought when I've finished shopping and am back home. My table mate - Collins - and I traveled together and met up with five more women from the workshop - it was like a retreat after the retreat.
Marcy has the most amazing studio. It's located on the second floor of her home with large windows looking at at the trees and fields. It's like being in a tree-house. I loved looking at how it's arranged and where and how her bits and pieces are stored. I've been wanting to make some changes to my studio for a while so I was looking for new possibilities.
I'm not sure if Katherine built her studio specifically or renovated an outbuilding. It has a large main area, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and two smaller rooms for specific activities. The setting is so peaceful that I - naturally - immediately wanted to move to the country although I'm not really a country girl anymore... if I ever was... briefly.
Early Thursday morning, I set up my challenge piece on the mannequin by Gwen's work space so she'd see it when she arrived at the classroom. It received rave reviews. You can't see the details in these images but you can at least see...
... the finished project - which should have been tugged down to avoid the staggered front - and go back to the previous postings to see the up-close details. I'm pleased with how it worked out and how it fits. I just need to fine-tune the back facing a bit when I get home.
This morning, I'm having a breakfast visit with one of the women from the workshop who lives in Ashland and then I'll travel to Portland to meet my friend for a weekend of shopping and sightseeing. I'm sad to be leaving but - as I said - eager to get back to the studio and to new directions in my work. That to me is the perfect wrap-up to a workshop - energy, a lit fire, anticipation. YES YES
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - visiting The Art Barn