We are traveling to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, where Sharon will be taking an advanced quilt-technique workshop from her mentor Nancy Crow. Meanwhile, I will be in Dorothy Caldwell's workshop called "In Place: Observing... Recording... Making."
In preparation for my workshop, I was instructed to bring elements from my environment. My suitcase is chock-full of "weeds" from the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, which is basically my backyard, and sand/dirt from the beach in front of my home. I can only imagine what the airport bag-checkers must be thinking about the crazy lady with plastic bags full of weeds and sand in her suitcase!
Enroute to the workshop location, we will be visiting some museums today. It's such fun to experience this adventure with my sister. We share a love of art and learning that is so exciting to me.
Here's an abbreviated description of my workshop, below. (No clay is involved. Yikes!)
Observing... We'll be spending much of the time outside experiencing place through collecting, walking, mapping, sitting, listening, and touching.
Recording ... We will examine how as artists we collect and record information that builds a base for studio work. Small handmade journals will be constructed and used for recording.
Making.....Back in the studio, these experiences, recordings, and collections will be translated onto cloth and paper through stitching, rubbings, dyeing, stencils and other methods.