In the last post, I was telling you about the last day at Tan-Tara resort at the Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) conference.
After Annie gave her presentation and we checked out her quilts, the style show was next. I took photos of almost everyone’s garment because they were all so wonderful, but there’s quite a few to post, so I will post a few here and if you are interested in seeing the rest, you need to join Facebook, Like the Missouri Fiber Artists page, and I’ll have the rest of them posted in an album…eventually!
These gals can sew and not only can they sew, they are in to making their own cloth using surface design. The garments and ideas represented in the fashion show were awe-inspiring.
May has been a busy month here at my house. The farmer’s and artisans market in New Harmony started much earlier this year on April 21st and has continued. Normally we don’t start til mid-June. The artist festival, Arts In Harmony, was the first weekend of May. The heat was pretty bad that weekend, but I was indoors in the air-conditioned gymnasium, even though they did leave the doors open! It was much cooler inside than it was outside. Sold some scarves, some note cards, some art.
Then came the highlight of my month. I traveled to Tan-Tara resort in the Ozarks of MO for the Missouri Fiber Artists conference and exhibit. The reception for the exhibit was on Friday night and juror Bob Adams chose my piece, Compositions #2, for the Surface Design award. That was a wonderful surprise.
I took a glass fusing class Friday afternoon and learned a little bit about that process. I made some pendants and earrings.
Saturday was an all day class with Bob Adams on building images. That was fun.
Saturday night was a barbecue with everyone together.
Sunday morning was the final day…we had a delicious buffet brunch, short business meeting and a speaker, Annie Helmrichs-Louder, who shared her journey and her work. She is one of the featured artists in the new Portfolio book out by Martha Sielman, The Natural World. It can be purchased here. You can read my review of the book here. Her work is wonderful.
No name for these yet….Paper collaged on cradled wood, then coated with beeswax/damar resin mix, then I “drew” in the wax and colored with paintstiks. Then I used a tracing paper to make marks. Love this whole process.
Last week, inspired to play…I got out some watercolor ATC cards and began to re-create some of my doodles from the past year with ink and then to color them with gouache watercolors. I had sketches of apples falling into a bucket or a basket, bird families on an outing and even some on a “picnic”. My mood and aim is playful, whimsical, something I don’t usually engage in in my fiber work. I think I will reserve that for my watercolor sketches.