so i went to this artfest thingie near seattle. francine, john and i arrived on tuesday night. our friends kathy and bird picked us up and we dropped john off in seattle to visit his brother. we went back to our hotel and drank mad housewife wine, which was quite good. i didn't sleep well.
the next day we went to the good will and kinokuniya. we didn't have time to shop at uwajimaya itself, so that was disappointing. we ate at aloha plates and headed up to fort worden in pt. townsend for artfest. it was really overwhelming when we got there. so many people! we rushed from one thing to another and i tried to get postcards from all the teachers. i wanted to talk to some of them, but i just said, "i'll find you later." linda and opie said they tivo'd me :) linda said, "my how you've blossomed." which was sweet. i found my friend tara and she gave me wonderful bag heads!! my scanner isn't working, so here is a picture from my camera. (some of these pictures are hosted on flickr and you may not see the whole thing unless you click on them)
and here is the image from her blog
i saw my friends' work on the 8 x 8 gallery wall. here is work by amber gibbs
some great butterfly pieces from kim carney
back at the ranch we drank more wine and ate dinner. i stayed in NCO housing with francine, kathy and bird. and i didn't sleep well.
we rushed around the next morning getting coffee and supplies for kathy. i was late for class. i wasn't even supposed to be in the class! francine gave me her encaustic spot. i'm glad she did because i really enjoyed it. patricia seggebruch was a very good teacher. these are samples from patricia's class.
the other students made fantastic work. here is some by bj arnold.
i had a lot of fun playing with the wax, but i wouldn't say i made anything good. i don't usually make nice things in workshops. i just try to explore the medium or technique. these images are small because they were a little fuzzy. the first two were created on clayboard
the second two were created on wood from my house.
i have lots of old wood at home, so i can definitely see doing more of this! i just need a vent fan in the basement.
after class, there seemed to be a bunch more rushing, and we decided not to go to the journalling thing because we were too tired. i didn't sleep well.
i always learn a lot from him. i almost said "eureka" at one point, but i refrained. the other students made great work in there. it was a two day class, and at the beginning of the second day we laid out our projects for everyone else to see. it was amazing what was being accomplished! there are more pictures on my flickr account (click the picture to get there), but i don't have the names of any of the artists with the pictures, unfortunately.
i was soaking it all in, but not really able to work. i was too distracted. i ran around and talked to people and visited nina. but i enjoyed it. i made a shrine to pop. i don't think i'll finish it. in the end i actually *glued* the pieces together to keep them intact for travel. it's ironic, because keith is all about making mechanical attachments. he even referred to himself as "keith noglue" at one point. so it's sort of a sketch for a future project. it's too hard to work on right now.
i was glad i got to see nina briefly, but with all the rushing around and the distractions, we didn't have a proper visit. :( i wish we had had time for a cup of tea together. i kept going into her class, certainly annoying her students, and waiting for a wee bit of time to chat. but i tried not to interrupt her too much.
friday night was vendor night. bird shared his table with me. it was so very crazy. i wasn't sure i was even being nice to people because things were happening so fast. fortunately i was very busy and there was little time to buy stuff. i drank a lot of wine. kathy took home some of my bookmarks. she seemed to like the idea of wearing them as earrings. it's hard to see. you'll have to trust me.
as the night came to an end, i traded with jenna,
and jen osborn.
jen and i have known each other online for years, but this was the first chance we've had to meet. i just searched all over her site to find a link to the piece i chose to trade, but wasn't successful. i did, instead, find this with the label "gerri":
i'm not sure why she thinks i'm sour!! but i'll forgive her. :) she was sharing a space with celine, with whom i would have traded as well, but she was all packed up. maybe that is presumptuous. i don't know if celine would have wanted to trade with me!
saturday i was really exhausted and flitted in and out of class. it was hard to concentrate, what with all that not sleeping. francine, kathy and bird went to town; but i passed on starbucks and laid down to meditate. it's hard to say just what happened next, but i ended up getting really sick. i slept about 2 hours that night as we packed. the next day we went to shipwreck beads and then to meet up again with john. by the time we got to seattle i was awfully sick and we had to go to the hospital. they gave me drugs and kept me overnight. fortunately they let me fly home on monday as planned. francine took good care of me while i was sick. i'm pretty sure i don't have that double chin in real life. just imagine me thinner and you'll be about right.
i haven't gone back to work yet. at first i was mostly napping. my sleep is still messed up. the trip was really hard on me, but i did have very good classes and got to talk to at least some people. i'm not sure seattle is a healthy place for me. when i went there in 1993, i also got really sick. i remember reading the bell jar and feeling awful.
just yesterday i finally started writing in my journal again and painted some bookboard. so things are looking up! here are some boards that i gessoed. they are drying on my lovely concrete floor.
my current workspace. i was working in my artfest journal
important work accessories:
now that i've spent several hours putting this whole post together, i think it's time i went back to work!!!