Scotland is not normally seen as a warm weather destination, but there we are. I am packing a rain coat, some sweaters, long sleeves and long pants - but not a parka, wool hat and mittens.
I am going to look for patterns in unusual places, maybe to turn them in to fabric designs. I am going to find the very stained glass window that inspired my parents to make one for my house - 35 years ago. I know it was a design by Charles Rennie MacIntosh, and it was located at a very famous Tea House in Glasgow. I hope to find castle MacLean and Ilean Donan - the McRay castle. I hope to be inspired by traveling to the land where my ancestors grew. If there is such a thing as genetic memory, I may feel a sense of recognition.
In the meantime I am blessedly busy here. Art Rapids is deep into the process of selecting artists and matching them with venues for the Second Experience Art Rapids. The event takes place June 9-22. I wonder if the snow will be gone by then?
In addition to helping with EAR, I am also planning my Summer and Fall teaching schedule, looking for shows to enter, making new work and journaling about why I am an artist and what inspires me. I don't have complete answers to that yet. I know that it is partly about finding and expressing my unique self. Non verbally and mostly in private. In code. But I am sure there is more to it than that.
Tonight is my last class session with a group of wonderful students at NMC. I just added my next classes here on this blog - look under class schedule. I want to share with you a project by Nicole. She has taken a few classes from me - and is using her knowledge to design her own beautiful projects.
Nicole is using a technique called clasped weft to create her design. The yarn is alpaca. She has taken the clasped weft technique a bit further, and added a 3rd color in the center. So incredibly cool. The shawl is about 20 inches wide, and super soft. It will have a lovely drape once it comes off the loom - in part due to the doubled weft shot. I impressed with how carefully she has placed the weft threads to keep them parallel. I am proud.