Anna Hergert, Art & Design

A Surprise Email


I love to receive personal emails and yesterday was a special mail delivery day! Here is what I found in my inbox:

Good Morning Anna,
I took an excellent design, out of the box, multi-day class from you in St Catharine’s in 2014.  I didn’t achieve very much at the course (which is usual for me) but I learnt a terrific amount which I have put to good use in my fibre art over the last three years. However, this summer I got back to the original project and thought you might like to see the resulting hanging.
I am really pleased with it and once I quilted around the painted dryer sheets they look so good – like real stones.  (I would add that the top corners are much squarer than they appear in the photo! The doorway is at Glendalough, Co Wicklow, Ireland – one of my very favourite places, so am very happy to have the picture to remind me of it.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you so very much for the class and all you taught me even if it is some 3 years later than it should have been. Thanks again for the class. I personally am disappointed that so many conference organizers have chosen not to offer multi-day classes any longer. I definitely find I need at least three days in a class to really get that in-depth info and value I am looking for.

Juliet N.
Thank you, Juliet. Your kind email made my day and I felt it important to share your completed piece and email. (Note: I did receive permission from Juliet to post both.)
I also find it interesting and a hugely rewarding to read that Juliet, like so many of you who have provided the same feedback, yearn for longer workshops. My resolve to teach only multi-day classes is as strong as ever. This one sentence in Juliet’s email sums it all up: “I learnt a terrific amount which I have put to good use in my fibre art over the last three years.”
There is not better feedback for a textile arts teacher anywhere! Thank you again for taking the time to send the picture and feedback, Juliet!
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10 thoughts on “A Surprise Email

  1. Pat Hoyer on said:

    Anna, congratulations on having Inspiration Kantha reviewed in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine(Nov Dec 2017).



  2. Pat Hoyer on said:

    I agree that multi-day workshops are often more satisfying. Some technique sample classes work all right in one day bites, but in-depth classes where there is time to develop an idea and get a good start on executing it definitely have real value.


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  3. 46eileen on said:

    Thank you so much, Juliet & Anna, for sharing this piece. It is beautiful. The tufts of growth between the stones is a delight. I have stopped going to one day workshops as I find that I just can’t get into the process with such a short time. Me mine must conjugate slowly to get the rest of me body organized.😸


  4. Elinor Burwash Designs on said:

    Anna, it is delightful to see Juliet’s work and to hear her views on multi-day workshops.
    I for one am slow to get into a workshop and a one day format is generally unsatisfying.
    I think that often an instructor is persuaded to do a day workshop by organizers who think that learners acquire knowledge at nano second speed. Instructors sometimes feel that it can be done because we are so familiar with our material and can easily do it ourselves in a shorter time due to practice. Another thing that happens is instructors compartmentalize knowledge and do one thing in a day. This cheats students of the full process and they often go away with something that they can’t complete. One day does not allow time for the individual creative process. Even if one is using a pattern processing time is needed to choose fabrics etc. Additionally in a class everyone is a learner and everyone a teacher so time is needed to see what others are doing and learn from them as well. One day is just a heated rush. I prefer to take and teach multi-day workshops.
    On another note when I was on a reconnaissance mission to my studio this week what popped up but a box marked “Layers of Intrigue” from Feb. of 2008. in it I found a wall hanging that is far enough along (I think that it was a two day course you taught) that I can figure out what I was trying to do. It was a delightful surprise and I love what I am seeing so I will enjoy it and plan next steps over the Christmas holiday season,


  5. herminajoldersma on said:

    What an absolutely beautiful piece – all the different rock is stunning! congratulations to Juliet, the artist, and to Anna for the inspiration. As to length of process, my late husband used to say (often, and about other things): “These things take time…” Yes, there’s hope for you, Paige, and for all of us.Thanks for posting, Anna, and thanks to Juliet for taking the time to email you!


  6. I guess there is hope for my projects from AQC yet! It is good to hear that there others of us that have projects just waiting to be finished.


    • My goodness, Paige – we all have projects that are in progress. The important message here is that Juliet was able to use the new techniques I introduced in the class in other prrojects. Even if she never returned to the workshop project I would call this a success story.


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