Monday, July 27, 2009

Midwest Felting Symposium- here I come!*

This has been such a busy summer -- I can't believe it's time for me to head over to Madison, WI for the Midwest Felting Symposium already!

Back on Feb. 1st, I applied for a grant from the East Central Arts Council to help defray the costs of my trip. It seemed like such a long way off. In March the application was approved and now here I go!*

I will be studying with Chad Alice Hagen, Andrea Graham, SINCO, and Annemie Koenen of the Netherlands. I'll be making dyed felt scarves, a wool painting, a needle felted German Shepherd and some embellished felt jewelry. What fun!

I'm bringing my old laptop. I hope to be able to keep up with my email and the blog. But that hasn't always worked out in the past. So if you don't hear from me for a week or so, you'll know why.
I'm bringing two wool paintings for the exhibit, "Portrait of Lena" (above) and "Tranquility"(below).
The portrait of Lena (sorry for the poor quality photos, but at least you get an idea of the piece) was done in wet felting only. Tranquility was a combination of wet felting and needle felting.
When I get on the road tomorrow, my first stop will be to see my oldest son's new house! He bought it on June 26th, but I've been so busy I haven't gotten a chance to stop in and see the inside yet. We drove by a few days before he closed on it and I took this quick photo. Too bad it's so far away from our place. But both our boys wanted to move to the twin cities rather than stay in Mora.

If anyone gets a chance to swing by the Symposium this week, look for me. The symposium is open to the public for shopping, the felting exhibit, and mini make-and-take sessions.

*This activity is funded by a grant from The McKnight Foundation through the East Central Arts Council/East Central Regional Development Commission.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, Becky! How I wish I was going with you! I would so love to get more into felting. I don't know how you can find the time to tear yourself away for a whole week! Then again, you do have a husband and son to help with things around home.

    I love the portrait of Lena! You are such a multi-talented artist.

    Have fun ~ learn a lot ~ and please SHARE!!!

    ;-)

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  2. P.S. if you'd like a 'half way point' to take a rest break on your way to/from Madison ~ you're more than welcome to stop in for a visit! I've still got a spare bedroom...

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  3. Thanks Nancy! If you could break away for a day or two, I have room for you to stay with me. You're right, I couldn't do this without my husband to hold down the fort while I'm gone. I just hope everything goes okay. Stan doesn't have the eye to catch health problems in the sheep early on. Last year I came home to a full blown case of mastitis. Most of my girls are dried off now since we weaned the lambs a couple weeks ago. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  4. What fun! I wish that I could go.... maybe next year :O) I can't wait to see what creations you come up with.

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  5. Oh man that sound slike so much fun! Jealous! Have fun! :)

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  6. Have fun for me too, Becky! The shoe class sounded pretty neat. Wish I could have gone!

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  7. Sounds great, have a wonderful time!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I just checked out SINCO's felted German Shepherd Dog....so cute! GSDs are an old passion of mine and needle felting is a new one. I wish I'd heard of the symposium earlier :(
    Have an awesome time!

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  9. I forgot to say....I love your art! You are indeed truly talented. I love reading your blog, too. TFS

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