Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Artfiberfest Adventure

The car is packed to the gills with kits and supplies for classes and goodies for vendor night.
After a full day of driving we spend the night in Yreka and make it to Ashland for breakfast at our favorite spot, Morning Glory. Delicious as always and ready to check out some of our favorite shops in Ashland.
Syd checks the map for the days travel plans.
Sweet little garden and bird bath in front of Morning Glory....
One of our favorite stops is Websters...full of yarns, roving, books, wearable art, jewelry and buttons.
Colorful Noro yarns from Japan...
Fleece and roving...
Needle felted animals in a basket....
Interesting scarves...
It was a warm day and on the way to the car we put our feet in the stream to cool off...
Onward to Portland...a stop at Multnomah Village for visits to the yarn store, fabric shop, shoe store and brunch at San Marco's cafe. Before taking off we got a cool lemonade at Fat City Cafe.
Lory from Canada in my first day of classes with her wonderful hooked bird.
At vendor night with some of my fiber creations....
Lisa Kaus came to vendor night and left with three of my hooked creatures. Thanks, Lisa!
Emily's hooked bird in progress.
Nancy got hers finished up.
Love the colors in this one, bright and cheerful...Linda does it again!
Carol's sassy robin...
Tammy Gilley's wonderful bird....this is her third hooking class with me...always fun to have her enthusiastic spirit in the mix. She taught a great class this year on fabric bird nests that came out really wonderful.
Carol's finished bird with long legs and cool party hat.
Lory's finished bird and felt collage from the next day of felting.
Lory's wonderful felt scarf made from pre-felt..
Close up of Lory's scarf from show and tell night...
Here are the ladies sewing up fiber charms in my third class "Charm School"...Kari on the left, Pam in the middle and Cindy on the right.
Kari made a sweet necklace and a cuff...
Deb made a cool fiber charm necklace and some little house charms...
The famous Nanci Drew holds a little felt house she stitched up and wears some of the circle trade pins from Artfiberfest. She always makes the best trades and gives them to everyone.
Pam Garrison models her charming necklace. I love the soft colors and textures she picked out. She showed us how to make a rick rack flower that looked really cool on her necklace.
Pam's workspace.....love the colors and the charms she made for the one and only fiber mobile made in the class.
Pam and Charlotte Lyons, who came all the way from New York to teach, kept us laughing every spare moment. Here they are packed in the back of Syd's car for a trip to the airport to pick up their rental car afer a quick cruise around the neighborhood looking at the yard sale goodies.
"Sassy Art Goddess", Carol surprised me with a rug hooked "Bird in Hats" piece at show and tell that she found at a local thrift store. I think Ty and Marcia toted it home to Canada with them!
Thanks, Carol!!!You rascal....
Some of the girls relaxing at the end of fiberfest.....Traci, Nanci, and Sarah..
More folks visiting at the end of fiberfest
Charlotte, Pam, Me and Syd at Show and Tell...we stayed up late laughing and sharing funny stories...I think we had way too much fun!
Saturday night we went to Hawthorne St. for some Mexican food. A fun neighborhood to explore. Everyone was out and about on this warm Portland summer evening.
Syd and I took off and made a stop in Salem and found the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery on State St.
Mary Lou and her husband were painting the front room for a new show but let us in to look around. We managed to find several really cool things to buy before we left. If you find yourself in Salem, be sure to visit this great gallery of local artists......
We stopped in Mt. Shasta for dinner at Lily's. Great food. They made us some blackberry creme sodas that were cool and refreshing. We drove on to Red Bluff for the night.
Outside Lily's in Mount Shasta....
A vist to Sausalito for a stop at Pine St. Papery. Across the street the Caffe Di Vino had the best little cookies for the trip home.
Back home now after a wonderful trip up to Portland and Reed College where we met for Artfiberfest this year. A great group gathered to share our love of all things fiber. We had a fun kick off meeting and then 3 full days of classes. Mini demonstrations by Pam, Charlotte, and Reenie were an added bonus. So fun to get together with friends, old and new to learn new techniques, share stories, and gather new materials to play with. Loved all my students and they made the most amazing things. I know I took more photos of the felted things but have no idea what happened to them! Anyway we had lots of fun creating and I loved everything that every one made. I will try and get a flickr set made for Artfiberfest 2009 soon. As always, Teesha and Tracy created a wonderful retreat and were always on hand to help us move things about and take care of all the details that make Artfiberfest such a uplifting and creative adventure. Thanks so much you two for all the work you do to make this happen for all of us.
On the way home, Syd and I were already talking about possible classes for next year.

11 comments:

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Great pictures!! What a wonderful way to spend your time ~ with all that inspiration around you!! Even the getting there and the coming home looked like great fun! I didn't realize your birds were so big ~ love them!!

jude said...

thanks for the view into all the fun!

jenclair said...

I'm a frequent lurker and first-time-commenter, but I have enjoyed your blog for some time. Love the hooked birds and a vicarious Artfiberfest experience!

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Artfiberfest was great and your Pre-felt class was too. Still can't believe how much more detail is possible with that style of felting. Thanks again for the relaxed atmosphere you create in your classes. Enjoyed seeing the full AFF journey through your words and pics. Hugs, Chris

debinsf said...

I love reading about and seeing the photos of your trips with Syd. Always inspiring! I loved class on Saturday and have gotten lots of compliments on my necklace (but don't we all look TIRED in those photos?! Too much fun!). I got lots and lots of ideas and am making more beads from my kimono silk.
Thank you for everything! It was a GREAT day!

Tammy said...

Oh, Mary, I just loved being in your hooking class for the third year in a row! Can't wait to see what we're hooking next year!! xoxo

Jeanne said...

Great pics of ArtFiberFest Mary. I met you briefly in the cafeteria at Reed. But I love, love, LOVE your rug-hooked birdies my friends made in your class at AFF. I am dying to take a class from you next year...I've heard such glowing reports about how much fun your classes are!
xo
jeanne

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pam said...

Great re-cap Mary. Glad you made it home safely. I miss you! As always, I love being at AFF and you and Syd and Charlotte made it all the more fun. I love all the laughter and late nights, but your class was also great. You are such a sweetheart and I love the project. See you soon xoxop

Christine said...

Your blog is always such a delight for the eyes! I love the birdies that everyone made- it looked like tons of fun and energy! So when will you be teaching that class back here in CA?! Take care and have a wonderful 4th!
~Christine

lk moonwood said...

What wonderful classes you taught! I think I'll need to go to Artfiberfest next year to take a class with you!