This is it! Our last day, Art Quilt Campus 2017 – Week 2 is drawing to an end! It seems like yesterday that participants arrived, some for the first time and many for the fourth year. Strangers began a week of creative exploration together, friends will bid each other good bye in the morning.
It has been a busy week with dye sessions, the start of new projects and completion of work today. Theresa finished her Kantha book cover this afternoon! Congrats! Frances is making good progress on a fused applique piece, Susan started an abstracted landscape only today and is moving along nicely on her modern quilt. Carol is going strong with several new compositions, Eileen finished her mountain scape. Jean has created several amazing needle felted sculptures incorporating dried weeds, flowers and leaves. Dorothy’s dye exploration was highly successful, she is now moving into creating a most interesting triptych based on dying cells. Barbara’s lilies are progressing well, she is using her vibrant hand dyed pieces created earlier in the week. Shan was busy finishing work and starting on new creations using her ice dyed cotton. Kit is working on a multilayered piece that is very personal in meaning. Judith is pleased to have finished an exquisite Hibiscus bud, a most life-like rendition. Donna has made a great start on two thread-sketchings of her grandparents. She also created a lovely Kantha sample and tried her hand at Shisha embroidery. Patricia spent much time in the dye room transforming nearly an entire bolt of PFD fabric into colourful pieces for future projects. In the sewing studio, she managed to begin work on several projects. Kathy enjoyed her time in the dye room and worked on fabric bowls. As I am recounting each individual’s accomplisments I find myself nearly breathless.
The ubiquitous good bye party was attended by Fr. Demetrius and bursts of laughter in regular intervals threatened to lift the roof of the Abbey on more than one occasion. “It was a great week!” was exclaimed more than once. I consider this wonderful feedback and an energy booster to start planning our time at St. Peter’s Abbey for 2018!