Friday, April 15, 2011

To Artfest and beyond...

 We all had such a wonderful time at Artfest this year! I am still absorbing all the things I learned and unpacking my bags of supplies too. One of our first stops on the way up was at a great fabric store called "Quiltz". The above piece was stitched by Carol, who helped us out in the store. She had taken a Sue Spargo workshop like Syd, Barbara, and Colleen.

 Of course we had to visit "Websters" and check out all their beautiful yarns and roving.

 Just down the block we were surprised to see Anahata's new store had just opened. Such beautiful colors, textures and delightful goodies filled the store to the brim. We both had to purchase some new things for our journey.
 Syd, Anahata, and me in her wonderful store in Ashland, Oregon.

 Another favorite stop is "Fabric of Vision". The owner finds the best fabrics, things we don't see anywhere else. Great linens and cool things from Japan...always fun to check out.

 After our overnight stay in Portland we headed on up to Seattle to stay with LE, Syd's daughter. She lives around the corner from Maxine's, another of our favorite stops. It is a magical place with live birds tweeting and giant crepe paper flowers mushrooms, jewelry, cards, scarves, slippers and dolls.

 LE took us to Molly Moon's-the best handmade ice cream I have ever had! So delicious! I had salted caramel and balsamic strawberry....sooo good and highly recommended!

 On downtown to the Seattle Art Museum where we had tickets for the Nick Cave show. Not to be missed if is ever close to you! We got so many ideas and inspiration for making upcycled garments and bags for next Fall. Lots of other really cool stuff in the museum as well.

 Like this strange piece....
 Once we arrived at the Fort we were greeted by the "lady bug truck and trailor". The driver also wears lady bug and black polka dot hat and clothing.

 Had to take a photo of this sweet little dog wearing glasses. He was downtown Seattle.

 My first workshop was a silkscreen print on cloth for the cover of a handmade journal. This is a photo of the screen while I was working on it. Will show a completed journal in a day or two.
 A really great class. I loved the silk screen process and can see myself using it for lots of fun things.

 This is Michelle Allen our teacher. We shared a table in Judy Wise's class a few years ago and we helped each other out with supplies and ideas. Loved all her samples for the class and I think most of us actually finished our journal in the one day. Such a sweet spirit and incredible designer...enjoyed every minute of class.
The next day I took a caged doll making class with Tory Brokenshire and we were so busy that I forgot to take any photos! It was lots of fun too and I learned some new techniques that will come in handy soon for an upcoming art show.

 Vendor night was busy and we sold lots of our creations.. and it was nice to get to meet some of my students for the next day's workshop.

 All of the foxes found new homes and the little house pin cushions went fast too.

 One of the Artfest attendees....

 Had a moment to say Good bye to Teesha and thank her for a wonderful event.
Here is the house where we stayed, all seven of us.
Tomorrow I will post photos of my class and the fun things everyone hooked.


TamboinMO said...

WOW! Looks like you had a great time!Cant wait to see more pics of what you made!

art spirit said...

Thanks, Tammy...more coming soon!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

You have more fun and go the most interesting places ~ I'd love to tag along sometime!!

Yael said...

WOW - no more to say Mary! :-)
Thank you for sharing!!!

Marie said...

Hi Mary,
What a fun trip! It would be creative heaven for me! lol!
So many fun shops along the way too.
Look forward to seeing the hooking.

Tara Ross Studios said...

Love all your terrific photos!

Jacky said...

Artfest looks wonderful!!!! If I ever make it over to visit my son in Florida (if he stays in the US long enough) I will have to make my trip coincide with Artfest I think.
Your rug hooking class looks fantastic much fun...I want to learn too!

Jacky xox