Thank you for all the birthday wishes. They're much appreciated. It was a fabulous day. By the time I got home, it was too late to blog and on Thursday night there was no Internet... which was okay... I was tired. I went to bed early and slept for eleven hours. This morning, I moved slow, went to the park to journal, and then sat on a bench by the pond knitting and talking to everyone who stopped to see what I was doing. And then...
... I wandered through the shops looking for things to use as the starting point for small bags. I want to use bags and scarves as a playground for practicing new ideas. I bought a long, cotton table runner, a textured top, and two skirts at a second-hand shop called Avant Garb and a wooden block stamp at another store whose name I've forgotten. It wasn't an art store but had a bunch of really unique wood block stamps. I bought a paisley... of course!!!
In-between lectures on Wednesday, I sat and took pictures of Diane's garments and wrote notes about what I saw so I'd remember when I got home. It's important for me to find my own lines and not to copy another artist's work HOWEVER... another artist's work can be an excellent jumping off point - an inspiration. Hopefully the photos will give me a shot of creative energy when I need it.
The retreat was over at noon and two friends and I went fabric shopping at Marcy Tilton's yesterday afternoon. The Art Barn is about an hour and a quarter away and well worth the drive. I got the above picture with Katherine Tilton and then my camera apparently ran out of battery only I didn't notice to put the new one in. I've asked Marcy for a copy of the picture of her and me and of the group of us. It is SO WONDERFUL to have other women who love to do what you love to do. The conversation starts easily and ends with difficulty. There's always so much to talk about.
I'm stopping in Seattle on my way home to visit with my friend Claire. The last time I went through we did my Sew Expo and her Paris show & tell and this time we'll do my Oregon and her New York show and tell. TOO FUN. The pile at left is from Marcy's, the middle one from the fabulous Fabric of Vision here in Ashland, and the bag is little bits like jewellery, a scarf, yarn, etc. LOTS of potential.
Tonight is First Friday in Ashland so many of the artist's have their studios open. I plan to wander through a few and then go to the Green Show, an outdoor performance near the Shakespeare Theater and then come home and do more knitting. I've knit up all the yarn I brought with me for the baby blanket and will add a couple inches and a border when I get home. Right now, I'm knitting a scarf for a friend that just might get finished on this trip.
Talk soon, Myrna
Grateful - friends, fabric, holidays