… and the wonderful group I just had the privilege of teaching. “The Loose Threads” organizers Pat and Cathy had contacted me nearly two years ago to set up a weekend of “Twisting the Landscape“. September 7 – 9, 2012 were the dates and with 16 eager students gathering at the Legion Hall I was quickly drawn into the spirit and energy of this group.
The first day was spent selecting images, identifying line and shape as well as adding value in black, gray and white. Saturday and Sunday the designs were translated into fabric with amazing results. The creative energy in the room was contagious. When it came to gathering, sharing insights and work on Sunday afternoon it took some convincing to break everyone away from their workspace.
The images in today’s post show how diverse the work produced in this class was. As a tutor I am tremendously pleased with the outcome. From abstract line, fractured quilts and innovative approaches to dividing space, each participant in this master class embraced their chosen subject matter, solving problems along the way and even changing direction off and on. Self-confidence rose every day and independent decision making skills were strengthened.
The feedback received already shows that there is strong interest in another workshop. Pat and I have loosely discussed scheduling another workshop in approximately two years from now.
As well, Friday night we welcomed a good crowd to my “Choosing Creativity” digital lecture and trunk show. Questions and comments were thought provoking and provided further ideas for the participants of the workshop.
This lecture was also presented to the Ottawa Valley Quilt Guild last night. A full house welcomed me to the first meeting after the summer break. Excitement and boundless energy kept the meeting room buzzing for hours. What a great way to start the new quilting season! Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting. Tonight I am venturing a little further east in Ottawa. The Common Threads Quilt Guild in Orleans has me scheduled to present a lecture on landscape impressions. Preparing for this event is going to dominate the rest of my day.
I am back on track after several weeks of “slacking off” while visiting friends from Ontario to Nova Scotia. Soon it will be time to turn the car westward to resume regular life. But first I will be teaching a Kantha workshop for Dragonfly Quilts in Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 15th. If you are interested or are in the area contact Linda. She has a few select spots open and I have kits prepared for up to 20 participants…
The sampling of art work from class participants is inspiring. I love the variety.
Teaching this workshop over three days is a huge advantage. Every participant had a chance to explore their ideas and designs. I was in awe myself!
Thank you Anna for a wonderful three days! I want to be on the list for your next workshop two years from now – can’t wait!
That is great, Bev! I can’t wait to come back – last weekend was energizing and inspirational. Thank you for participating.