As I'm sure it has for most of you it has certainly been a busy summer, both professionally and personally. Professionally it was all about the shows and classes. In July and August I had two big shows back to back - the first the Bellevue Arts Council show the last weekend in July at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle, the second the American Crafts Council show at the Festival Pavilion in San Francisco the first weekend in August. The below photo shows me at my booth at the Seattle show.
Both are beautiful shows but from my point of view, they could not have been more different. The ladies in San Francisco are definitely 'my people'; self-confident and more than happy to dress outside the norm - in fact, they positively want to do so. My vests were a big hit in San Francisco and I sold all my remaining dresses and shawls. In Seattle however if it had not been for one lady who bought four of my dresses, and another lady who bought two more, I would have made a loss.
The below shot shows Chip (my husband) and me on the Golden Gate Bridge.
I have also been doing a great deal of teaching. I made my first international teaching trip up to Picton, Canada, where I taught three classes one on scarves, one on flowers and one on dresses. I had such fun and I am utterly grateful to Linda Swaine owner of the Rose Haven Farm Store for organizing this event. Here one of my class participants, Donna Tropp, making and then wearing the dress she made in the class.
I loved teaching the classes there so much that I may teach a coat class there in April/May 2013. Stay tuned!
Following on from my successful Felted Slippers class on September 8th & 9th I shall be back at A Place to Weave in Waltham MA this Saturday, September 15th from 10am- 4pm for a class on Felted Hats.
Then in October I'm participating in Lowell Open Studios on Columbus Day weekend - Saturday Oct 6th & Sunday Oct 7th - 10am-6pm. Both my studio and my loft will be open. My previous seasons' felt work will be priced at 40% off. I will be selling my paintings at $0.75c a square inch plus the frame ($100).
And last but not least I'm looking for an intern - two days a week - actual hours negotiable.