I am just back from another amazing art retreat put on by the wonderful team headed by the indomitable Glenny Moir ! This was an especially important year for the Art and Soul brand as the venue was changed and there were several unknows that go along with such a change. this year the retreat took place at the Virginia Beach Resort and Convention Center in Virginia Beach. the venue was wonderful and right on the beach at Hampton Roads. the staff at the Resort was incredibly helpful and accommodating and the location was terrific. So enough of the intro , where's the beef?? Here it is!!
(Remember, you can right click on any of the photos to see a larger image!)
First I want to share with you the special apron that I created just for the event. In past years I have wanted to do an apron like this but time has always been against me. this year I made time. I used all of my own surface designed fabrics for this piece, mixing sun prints, rust prints (the owl and gear trivet) and some hand embroidery ( my name in the top right hand corner) one of my hand dyed doilies and some gelatin mono printed fabric.
The apron also served as a walking advertisement as Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts was the proprietress of the fabulous on-sight store and she carries both my sun prints and my rust dyed fabrics. ( Several people asked me about the fabrics and I was able to direct them to the store- my rust dyed owl prints sold out during the retreat!! Whoo Hooo!!)
Below you can see several shots of the fabulous displays of treasures that Judy and her design team set up for all of the retreat attendees.
|One of the wonderful displays of treasure at the On-site store.|
|My Rust Printed fabrics on Display at the on site store.|
On Thursday I helped my dear friend Leslie Brier teach her first adventure in teaching at an Art and soul venue. Her class was titled Mixed Media Robot Assemblages. She had 11 students and we worked all day taking apart clocks and radios, flashlights and small machines; harvesting parts and building wonderfully whimsical robot creatures. Leslie was masterful at conveying her techniques and we both worked the room helping with various deconstruction challenges and suggesting various methods for construction. The atmosphere was inspiring and creative and so much fun!! Below you will see several pictures of robots created by Leslie's students.
|Two class creatiosn from the Robot class taught by Leslie Brier.|
|The gorgeous Leslie Brier surrounded by her class of Robot engineers.|
|The view from our classroom windows for the Robot Class and the Resist Dye Class!! the beach was about 10 feet beyond the windows. No distraction here!!!!!|
The next day (Thursday) I had the class that I had been looking forward to all year. Resist Dyeing on Felted Wool with dye and fiber Artist Extraordinaire Chad Alice Hagan.
|A selection of some of the items to be used for clamping and resist along with sample so patterns produced by those pieces.|
First things first, Chad taught us how to wet felt the needle punched merino wool batts that she provided. Learned quite a bit at this step alone. then she described the resist dye process and how we would spend the rest of the day. First of all, she said that we all had to forget trying to control the patterning in our pieces. This was more difficult for some students than for others!
|The newly felted wool, wrapped with rubber bands and ready for the first dye bath.|
Chad handled all of the hot dye process to avoid any accidents and to keep things running smoothly with so many students(18).
|Felt folded and clamped with various resist pieces and ready to go into dye pot #2.|
|Chad as Dye Master and whip cracker- we had to hustle all day to get to the finished product. A truly terrific experience!|
|The sorting of the clamped wool bits after coming out of the steaming dye bath.|
|My resist dyed felt pieces. Wish that you could feel how lusciously silky and soft these bits are!!|
One of the very best parts of these retreats aside from learning from fabulous teachers , is connecting again with old friends and making some wonderful new friends!!
|Julie Thompson and Jen Crossley meeting in the flesh , for the first time!|
|Judy Gula working the torch and creating enameled beads.|
|Herself at the torch making enameled beads.|
Yes, Judy did manage to grab my camera and shot some pics of me working at the torch as well. I simply had to document Judy doing something other than running the Store- so folks at home would believe that she did take a class. I guess pay backs really are a B@#$%**!!
|My birds nest Bracelet|
I enameled each of the beads and disks for this piece and added sari silk and sparkling yarns to fill out the piece.
|To top off my retreat experience, I won a Fiskars Craft drill.|
I must say that if ever you get the opportunity to attend an Art Retreat, give yourself a gift and GO FOR IT!! Retreats are amazing experiences that will change your life. You will be surrounded by creativity of every imaginable sort and you will leave totally inspired and full to the brim with food for your artistic soul. You will meet wonderful people, connect with on line friends and interact and learn from talented and giving instructors. Start putting a few dollars away now so when the opportunity arises you can jump in with both feet.
I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at Art and Soul Portland in October of 2012 and I hope that you all will take a few moments to click on this link and see for your self what these amazing retreats are all about!!