Brynne and Derrick have moved to the west coast, as planned. They left on the same morning as I headed off to Art Quilt Campus in Saskatchewan. Up until now I've been too busy to truly miss them, but I'm home again and the house is pretty quiet.
A couple of days before they left, Brynne and I spent a happy afternoon sun printing in the backyard.
|Brynne, placing leaves for printing.|
We made some excellent prints and textures. I have a "froggy" quilt in mind for a little someone special. Turns out nasturtium leaves look a bit like lily pads - handy!
|Still damp when rain came, so we moved them under cover to finish drying.|
Art Quilt Campus 2016
This charming birdhouse instantly alerts visitors to the creative vibe at St. Peter's Abbey; the setting for AQC2016.
|St. Peter's Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan|
As part of a tour, we visited "the dungeon" - in reality, it's a huge root cellar with extra storage space for canned goods. The monks grow enormous gardens, and their harvest feeds hordes of hungry university students and visitors, year round.
With the exception of the monks' private quarters and the industrial kitchen, we had the run of the place.
The buildings felt a bit Harry Potter-esque! Old and new buildings are connected with long passageways that can only be accessed by climbing up-and-down flights of stairs to find the "right" hallway. (Trust me. The many "wrong" hallways were no help at all. Ha!)
On my way to lunch one day, I heard one of the monks playing the pipe organ and singing to himself. Imagine having this beautiful instrument at your disposal!
The venue, itself, fed my creative soul.
What is Art Quilt Campus?
AQC - developed and facilitated by Anna Hergert - is a week-long gathering of textile artists who are engaged in self-directed activities.
Anna offers a wealth of information, and works independently with each artist, providing critique, suggestions, guidance, and instruction for those wishing to learn new skills.
During the first three days, a dye kitchen is available. As you can see, our time in there was productive!
|A small group of us dyed a 24 step run of brights to share.|
I'd come with the idea to try stitched shibori, and then discovered I could learn how to start my own indigo vat - a perfect match!
|Stitch, gather, dye|
We were generally left to our own devices to do as much as we could manage, but Anna was always available to answer questions as they arose. Communication was key - plus I think she had wings on her feet!
|Oxidizing between dips|
|Great visual texture!|
Naturally, by the third day everyone had fabric to rinse. The sink in the dye kitchen was busy, so I went to my room to finish up.
|Rinsing fabric in my room.|
As I worked, it started to rain. What to do with several meters of wet fabric?
The rooms were sparse, so I had ample room to push the beds aside and improvise a solution!
Eventually, I shifted focus and started sewing. Again, Anna checked to see how she could inspire my thinking.
I'd brought a handful of projects for discussion, and Anna always asked about my thoughts for each piece. At no time did Anna "push" ideas on me - she is skilled at listening, and then offering practical tips to move things forward - leaving me with the sense that my work was still my own. This is the space in which growth happens. This is the true value of a self-directed, facilitated, workshop.
Now. I cannot show you the work done in class. Several participants enter shows, so any photos must remain private. I can direct you to Anna's blog, though! She posted photos throughout the week, and is currently leading a second week of AQC. You can easily get a sense of the experience through her lens.
The focus, fearless exploration, and high caliber of work done by fellow participants also added value to my experience. So many techniques! So many distinct styles! So many possibilities!
My brain crackled all week long, and it was invigorating!
|Storm moving in. Lloyminster, AB (on the way home).|
On the Home Front
Things are happening!
|Our basement is underway!|
Try, Learn, & Grow!