Blue Lake 2017 Report 2

In addition to the design project, the art majors had to make an art doll. We had them displayed en masse at the final art show, so the pictures don’t single out any dolls.

The students were shown some examples of art dolls and then pretty much turned loose to design and create a doll.

Fabulous!

We also had a class where the students were music majors and took an art class as an extra. We taught them needle felting and there were just a few super-duper spectacular pieces that I have to show you!

Bringing new skills to young people is so very rewarding. It’s what keeps me going back to Blue Lake!

And that’s the end of this year’s Blue Lake Report! Back to reality again…which includes going to the gym first thing in the morning. I eat ALL the desserts when I’m at camp!

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Blue Lake 2017 Report 1

Just in case you haven’t read one previous word that I have ever written, here’s what this is all about. In the summer, I go to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 10 days and teach middle school kids fiber arts. We do different projects every year, because there are repeat attendees and we want them gaining additional skills all the time. Many of the students come into fibers not even knowing how to thread a needle or tie a knot, so what they accomplish is always impressive.

Let me show you the design phase of what the students did this week!

They were exposed to the design guides of Deborah Boschert, and totally understood the concept behind each one. I wish that I had learned some design principles in middle school!

They had to sketch out some possibilities and then make collages, starting with the one they liked the best. Most only completed one collage, but the time was very short for a project of this type.

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Tons of details, color choices, stitch notes–they planned well! I’m not going to try to match any of these design pages with the finished product, but you may see the matches as you see the pics.

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I am so proud of these young artists!

There will be one more Blue Lake post to touch upon a couple of other projects and then we can call Blue Lake done for another year!

Taking it easy

Aaah…the smell of lavendar…went to the lavendar labryrinth at Cherry Point Market today after work. Lots of things that I didn’t take pictures of and a few of the things I like, such as shadows and curving paths

and flowers and herbs

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and big, big rocks!!!

Yes, there was a lavendar labyrinth, but it was not huge and overwhelming as I thought it would be. The walkways were small and uneven and I am currently babying an injured knee so I was unable to comfortably walk and inhale the marvelous fragance. I had imagined the plants would be lush and perfectly groomed, but some were good and some were rather untidy. Made me feel better about my few little plants that always look on the brink of extinction!

I was glad that we went and the timing was really pretty good for the blossoms. The lavendar scent was wonderful and the herb garden in the center was marvelous. It was a very pleasant little side trip away from camp and now I can sit lazily watching a movie and sewing, thoroughly relaxed and refreshed!

 

Now to relax—-aaaaah!

Quilting Unlimited is over and it was another fabulous event. I was not involved in the planning or execution this time so it really was a carefree weekend. Of course, there is always the creative tension and exhaustion of teaching and taking classes, but it’s so much easier when you don’t have to worry about any of the logistics.

There really isn’t too much more to put into words. I’ll let the pictures show you the fun! This was what was happening in the class I taught.

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So much lovely work.

And here is a brief glimpse into the classes I took. Both were taught by Deborah Boschert and I absolutely learned a lot and had a wonderful time. Wonderful teacher and I highly recommend her to any program chairs looking for a teacher!

Surface design with stamping and ink and cool tools–

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Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of everyone’s pieces.

And Sunday was a design and composition class. We did 8 little examples of design principles and learned a lot as we created.

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These all will be finished with stitch and embellishment, too!

So much fun, creativity and learning in all the classrooms!! It was a great weekend at Quilt University.

 

The paint is dry!

Thought I’d better show you how my rescued canvas came out. As I had hoped, the paste added texture but no defined shapes.

I’m not sure that I finished that piece adequately, but it’s mounted now! Maybe I’ll try adding some color with pencil or marker…in any event, the canvas was rescued and it looks fine.

Other than that, all I’ve been doing is sorting and editing objects for my class this Friday. When the teacher provides the materials in kits with lots of choices…well, there is just plain lots of stuff that I need to bring!

And then I have two classes to take this weekend. I don’t have a clue what I want to have as a focus fabric and that’s the first decision we need to make.

I think this week will have a lot of spinning my wheels. Slightly more interesting than watching paint dry, but not much! May not post much for the next several days, but I hope to have some great fun work to show you after this weekend at QU!

 

As usual–

–there is not enough time in any day to do all that we want to do.  I spent all day yesterday trying to clean a path through the studio. I did manage to find the floor and made some progress on the tabletops.

I mowed the lawn last evening after dinner with friends. It’s supposed to get very warm again today and we have lunch with friends, so I wanted to get that chore out of the way!

There is a ton of other gardening I need to do. Bushes to be trimmed, some new-from-a-friend plants to be put in, weeding, watering. But, as I said, it’s very warm! I think the cool of the basement studio is calling my name much louder than the outdoor chores. I think I’ll do my weeding with weed killer and then head for the cool!

There are class materials that need to be organized, both for classes I’m teaching and classes I’m taking.

I’ll report back to you right after I do that–and maybe find time for a nap…

Yep, we need more hours in the day, just to be assured of that nap time!

Off for a few days…

My niece is getting married this weekend and we are taking a few days extra to visit and tourist around. I may get a chance to post something, but not very likely until we are home again!

Need to work on these when I get home…

I realized yesterday that I have a lot of starts this year but not too many finishes. I need to be in finishing mode!!!

And I’m teaching this in a couple of weeks at Quilt University

…love this little project!