Millstone Institute for Preservation turned out to be a great place to spend the weekend. The plantation house is a late 19th century Colonial Revival style with additions by several owners. It is being restored to its full glory bit by bit. The farm sits under gigantic live oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss. A cooling breeze came up from the small lake the entire time so I never noticed the 90 degree heat. I introduced some folks to nuno felting with an all day workshop on Friday followed by a bags class Sat. Sunday I demonstrated felting to all the visitors and had a great time encouraging kids to roll fleece into felt balls. Watching them counting to 100 with serious looks on their little faces just made my day.
I’ve been spending quality time in my studio the past several days making new felt samples for upcoming classes and working on a collaboration piece with a fellow Sweetwater artist. First on the list is the April 15 – 17 Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival in Townsend, TN aka the “Quite Side of the Smokies”. The festival is growing by leaps and bounds. It is a great weekend get away for fiber enthusiasts with plenty of activities for their families. It is held at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center which includes several restored pioneer buildings and home and farm furnishings.
I’ll admit it, I love to teach – anywhere I’m asked. But the folks at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, TN are some of the most enthusiastic folks around. They keep coming back for more and asking for advanced techniques. They love a challenge and were up for everything I threw out for them for three days. You can see their accomplishments and smiles on the workshop page.
I’ve been home almost a week now and as usual my body and brain arrived home from Thailand at different times. They are finally getting themselves coordinated, which is a good thing with an upcoming workshop this weekend at the Appalachian Arts Crafts Center. Luckily I can always count on that group of ladies to be interested and take on all challenges. They are ready to grow into new techniques. Planning for the class and a couple of looming entry deadlines are keeping me on reality track.
Thailand is the ultimate eye candy for me. The noise, hustle and bustle, and constant growing of Bangkok keep me stimulated and are the perfect contrast to my semiretired life in the country. Below are some miscellaneous pictures from my show and travels around Bangkok and points south.
I’ve spent most of the past week setting up the show at Box13 ArtSpace in Houston, and touring the wonderful museums and galleries.
The few times I’ve shown the pieces it has been amazing to watch how people interact with them and something I never expected. Tonight was no exception.
I’ll be displaying 5 years of daily weavings at the Box13 ArtSpace gallery in Houston along with three other talented artists.
That equals to 1825 tiny weavings, but all put together they take up a big space. I’ve been making one small weaving from things that come into my life on a daily basis since 2005. Buying things for the weavings is against one of my self imposed rules. It has been an interesting journey. Each year comes out a little different. After all these years, I wondered if it was becoming mundane and thought I needed to quit or make a bigger commitment to the individual days. Of course, I’ve had a relatively quiet month so spending more time on each weaving is proving to be fun. I read that one day after 33 years Simon Rodia who created the Watts Towers in CA said, “I’m finished” and walked away. Each year I wonder when/if I’ll be finished.