i didn't take nearly as many pictures once i arrived in virginia for art & soul. it's easier to write with illustrations! our first night in virginia we drove around looking for groceries. the embassy suites are really nice, with a microwave, refrigerator, wet bar and the works. but we couldn't find a grocery store and ended up going to walmart at dinner time. that is not an experience i want to repeat. i don't like walmart in the first place, and at dinner time there was quite a crowd. but there was really amusing wine there. i didn't have a corkscrew, so decided to have a wee box of wine. good packaging. you can click for details. they are amusing.
on thursday and friday i bound books and bound books and bound books. i had prepared a bunch of covers and cut all the paper to size before leaving home. i wanted to get them ready for vendor night. i also had to finish printing out my handouts. yay for the laptop! the printer at the hotel was black and white laser, so they didn't come out as nicely as i would have liked.
on saturday i taught the coptic assemblage.
it was a bit of an over-ambitious project. to say the least! but most people seemed to enjoy themselves and my evaluations were pretty good. now i have some more ideas to make it move more quickly in portland. but in the future i'd rather teach it as a 2 day class. the schedule for portland is already set though.
a couple of my students were free the next day and they came over to my room to learn more about the binding. we had such a great time! it was relaxing and we all got to know each other better. here are joyce and penny in my room.
penny put a lot of thought into her book before the class. i was surprised when she emailed me and said she had bought a book. i thought everyone would just pull an old book off the shelf. but she had a grand plan to create a reliquary of her art & soul experience. we were delighted when we realized that the cover attachment and the binding thread would fit into her cover design perfectly. see the horizontal line in the A of art? that's the cover attachment. perfect.
after class i had to rush to get ready for vendor night. it was so exhausting to do class and then vending! i had my little box of wine which helped. i was frantically putting necklaces together for those that wanted one that wasn't already assembled. it all worked out well.
here's a book that i wasn't even sure i could part with. but when joyce said she wanted it, i knew it would have a good home. it's the giving buddha. it's 4 x 3 x 1 inches and sewn with the paired needle coptic stitch. within the red bottle cap are an image of buddha and the word "give".
i had to take these quick pictures of the book in my bathroom at the hotel. i like to have pictures of all my work, but i did sell some without being able to photograph them first. there's just only so much time in the day.
i got to go out to dinner with nina on sunday night. we had great vietnamese food and i learned that i love vietnamese coffee. we were both so tired, but really enjoyed each other. i was glad we had set a date ahead of time, because then i didn't feel like i had to rush over and monopolize her every time i saw her. :)
monday i taught the preserved relic long stitch journal. it was a smaller class, which was good since we were all so tired! fay told me that it was her favorite class, and then i realized that there weren't any evalutation forms! poo. i didn't get any photos that day.
monday night i had to get pictures of some stuff in the hotel room. i was really intrigued by the couch pattern. i don't really make too many polymer canes, but this fabric inspired me.
the rug was cool too.
there was this weird plastic grass in the hotel. it made a nice setting for the egg i picked up at jefferson florist. not nearly as lovely as nina's vignettes...
and we had to set off for home on tuesday. we took a more direct route home. somewhere east of cleveland we remembered the wonderful paper store that we had visited when we went to art continuum years ago. the conversation went something like this:
me: it's a good thing we don't know where hollo's is
catherine: i think i know the address
me: it's a good thing there's no room in the car
me: they have cut book board there
catherine: oh dear. call francine and find out how to get there.
so we stayed near cleveland. we stayed in an icky howard johnson with no internet. but they did have hbo so we could see the sopranos repeat. we got to cleveland just before hollo's was closing, so we had to wait to go the next morning. we were a little over-anxious. here we are waiting for the store to open.
i think we were in the parking lot for about 45 minutes!
we happily enjoyed shopping when hollo's finally opened. cut paper was $1 per pound. so i'm all stocked up now. and then we headed home for good. i was settled in by dinner, but catherine lives a ways from here so she had a bit longer for her trip. we were both happy to see our gardens (previously dormant for me) blooming.