John: "What? No! It can't be true....How long has this been going on? Who is he? ... and did I miss you going to Mexico?
As my time at the ACAD, Contextural, Self Directed Summer Residency 2013 draws to a close I feel I ought to review what I did and didn't achieve from ttheh nerve centre of my studio space:-
- Met and worked alongside very interesting and inspiring established and aspiring artists.
- Nice to meet you, Anna. Nice to rekindle a friendship, Carmela. I hope to be able to stay in touch with many... Barbara, Susan, Eleanor, Madison, Anna Maria....
- From the size of the list, above, it is clear that this year's June day-time participants were more numerous than in previous years. And several, like me, were in regularly during the day for a few or many hours. We were an active bunch.
- As I said in my previous post, I worked in the dye rooms, the print room and the home studio.
- I learnt that I can establish and manage an indigo vat (synthetic indigo, soda and thiox). Dying cotton, silk, wool, stone, chalk...
- I learnt that when a vat looks dead it isn't!
- I now have many projects on the go and hope I don't lose the momentum but actually manage to take some to fruition - particularly as I want to take part in the end of residency exhibition at ACAD.
- I think I have my work cut out for me for the next year and that is before I consider the collaborative project I have on the go (puppets), the commissions (shibori - more on that in a future post), teaching - serious demands of students for more felting..., machine embroidery in Calgary, High River and maybe A.N. Other place, and possible mark making workshop in a Calgary school.
Now I have to shut up shop at ACAD as our friends are currently packing up to visit Alberta next week and I turn into a hostess. Just how I am going to transport the indigo vat home is a mystery yet to be solved, just as this blue maggot is a mystery - what will it turn into?
I particularly enjoyed today - getting Anna Torma together with Arlee Barr was such educational fun.