…It feels like family! Just yesterday afternoon Art Quilt Campus week 1 Participants arrived from across Canada and by the time dinner was finished it felt like a family reunion with out the drama… We have three newbies in a group of 16 this year and it feels as if we have known each other forever. Participants arrived from BC, northern, central and southern Alberta, the Northwest Territory, southern and central Saskatchewan, and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
It’s the end of Day 1 and I just wanted to post a few images to keep those of you who have to miss this year’s event in the loop. A tired group headed to their rooms only a little while ago. The day was filled with opportunities to get to know each other, catch up on news and life in general while claiming their creative spaces in the sewing studio and dye studio.
I knew there would be a large group for the dye session this morning but I was still surprised when I counted 13 heading to the dye room. Everyone soon found a space to embark on their chosen technique. Parfait dyeing, a 24 step color wheel, nine-step gradation dyeing, dye painting, mono-printing and an indigo dye vat are now being explored. Shibori pole wrapping and stitch resist are fully embraced and I am speculating that everyone’s sleeping face is sporting a smile in anticipation of tomorrows “rainbow” of color once the rinsing of fabric begins after breakfast.
Who knew it rained all day today? We hardly noticed as everyone was focusing on creative endeavors. A tour of the Abbey with the guest master provided a welcome break before dinner. The evening concluded with the annual Monday night Show & Share session. I am honored by the talented group of textile artists in attendance – we saw amazing work and shared stories of creating and personal successes over the past year. Stay tuned for more great images.