Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fun in Seattle

Our Seattle art adventure started off with a train ride from Santa Barbara to the Burbank airport.
We had time for a nice breakfast before taking off for Seattle. Teesha Moore of Artfest fame had invited a few art friends up for a weekend of artmaking, shopping and sampling the wonderful variety of restaurants in Seattle.  We arrived on Thursday and got settled in at Syd's daughter's home. LE and her husband, Jon always make us feel right at home and off we went for a hot mocha and a visit to one of our favorite stores, Maxine's. Live birds chirp in cages and the colorful flowers, real and paper make it a magical place.
These photos don't really do it justice, but you get the idea....and why we always love to visit.

Just a walk away from LE's...great hot drinks and good food.

LE drove us into Seattle and helped us get our gear up to Teesha's wonderful studio right off Pioneer Square in the heart of Seattle.

On the way we spotted not one but many Yarnbombed trees! It was cold and about to snow so it felt like the wool was keeping the trees warm for the winter.

Murals on old city walls cheered up the winter day....

Inside Teesha's studio giant reproductions of her colorful jourmal pages adorned each wall.

We each started a canvas and everyone worked on each one. They all came out really different and fun.

Teesha gave us a demo on making layered plastic bags that can be used for journal covers or tote bags or whatever your heart desires.  Tara got hers made into a journal, and I made a little purse.

We all made wool owls except for Taylor who made a cat puppet that we all loved!

Taylor and Syd working on their Smash Journals. We all painted and drew in each others journals and passed them around. 

I brought  a bunch of felted wool from recycled sweaters for everyone to make a scarf with.
Tara and Teesha are laying out their pieces for sewing. Everyone's came out so different...some had pockets, some colorful, some subdued. Mine came out pretty bright and wild but I think I will still be able to wear it.

We had some interesting visitors on the window ledge.

Such a great weekend, it went by way too fast and before we knew it we were off on the plane back to Burbank, then on the train, a bus from Oxnard and a ride home up the mountain from Syd. A big Thank you to Teesha for getting us all together to make some wonderful art and Taylor, Tara, and Syd for all the inspiration and good company.  LE and Jon make it all the more special as we got to watch all the Downton Abbey episodes and some Portlania too. LE made some cool wrist warmers and we had fun carving stamps late at night. 

Syd fed sea gulls after our lunch at Ivar's fish and chips...

I loved this ceramic owl on display at the Seattle airport. Made by a teacher at the Kirkland art school.


Yael said...

Hi Mary, yes you had a wonderful weekend indeed! So much creativity was going on! I just LOVE the scarf you made, it is awesome! :-)

Jacky said...

What fun!!!!! I love your scarf...very bold and cheerful for a winters day. Just gorgeous.

And that ceramic owl...fantastic.

Glad you had such a beautiful weekend away.

Jacky xox

Marie said...

Your trip looks like so much fun!
Something magical happens when women gather.
: )

p.s. love your scarf! <3

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

All that fun and making and Downton Abbey too! I loved the way the journals were passed around, and the felt scarf making, beautiful reminders of a great weekend~

Pixie said...

Just amazing...what a fantastic time you must of all had.....Teesha is very talented too i often visit her site...great trees too.
Pixie x

Jeannie said...

I am so homesick after reading your post! You hit all of my favorites. I have been feeding the gulls at Ivars since I could walk. Maxine's, sigh, I could live in that shop. Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend.

art spirit said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for your nice comments and visiting my blog. I'm a little slow in posting sometimes but when I travel I am always thinking of photos for the blog! I know I like to see where other artists visit and get ideas for good places to eat, shop and look at art...so thanks for coming along with me.