Sky over Chicago
I know it's been a while! Between getting the kids settled back in school and then my trip to New England for Felter's Fling, time has literally flown by! What a great experience I had at "The Fling", which was held at beautiful Snow Farm (The New England School of Craft) in Williamsburg, Mass. Organized by Sharon Costello, this biannual event was all I could have possibly hoped for, and more!
I had been looking forward to this sabbatical for about a year since first learning of it, and was scheduled for the classes which were in high demand since January. It would be a great chance for me to really focus on my art, learn new skills, and connect and share with other feltmakers (with 90 people participating from 22 states and 4 countries). I got all I'd hoped for, and more!
My friend Dawn Edwards with her cool hat
Elynn Bernstein with her peacock hat
The first day began with a Mad Hatter's Party with wine and cheese, with many participants wearing handmade hats and competing for prizes.
Deb Naremore and I at the end of the Fling
I was fortunate to share a room with Deb from Taos, NM- it made me feel like I was back in college as we compared notes and told stories each night. We got along great and I look forward to staying in touch with her.
Here are my two finished books, which I will always treasure as mementos of this trip.
We had a great side trip to New England Felting Supply in Easthampton, a feltmaker's paradise! (We got to drive through the beautiful campus of Smith College in Northampton, too). Situated in an old theater, they had everything one could want and need for felting, gorgeous wools in every color, hand-painted silks, hundreds of tiny bags of treasures for including in felt pieces to add interest, books, tools, and more. And yes, I did load up! I am anxiously waiting for UPS to arrive with my big box of treasures today.
Dawn Edwards and Andrea Graham, in the gallery of NEFS, creations by Andrea
Every day was scheduled to the max with optional activities besides the classes, beginning with a morning stretch/yoga and ending with either "show and tell" or presentations by the mostly international instructors who shared informations about their countries, cultures, and felt pieces.
These presentations were interspersed with an exhibition of student work and a fashion show- all so fun and inspiring! We were welcome to visit other classrooms any time, and there was a sincere spirit of generous sharing between the instructors and all of the students.
Sculpture made in Marjolein's class
Awesome vessel by Ohio feltmaker, Pam McGregor
Rug made with Finn wool by Deb
In my next post, I'll write about my second class, Nuno Butterfly Shawl with Jean Gauger, as well as the impact that Hurricane Irene had on my trip! Enjoy the photos of beautiful Snow Farm, and I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend.