Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Craft Napa 2019: Another Wonderful Event

It is possible I am the luckiest teacher in the world.  I always seem to have the most amazing people in my workshops!  I can't tell you how much I enjoy working with students.

Craft Napa has evolved to have a really wonderful culture.  Some people have come every year and new people come each year.  Friendships have developed and people are keeping in touch as a result of this event.  What could be better?  I love teaching at Craft Napa.

This year was no exception!

In my two-day surface design workshop a wonderful group of artists joined me at Pokey's art barn.
We delved into all types of work using a variety of tools to make marks on cloth and fabric.






We really enjoyed our morning meeting and lunch discussions.
How could it have been better?! 

The evening between my two-day workshop I taught a hand-stitching workshop which was equally enjoyable.  I instructed people that it was casual, so much so that they were welcome to come in their jammies.  And.....one person took me up on it!

Frances Holliday Alford, always up for a good time!

Students worked with sheers to create a lovely abstract composition and 
stitched it with embroidery thread.  

This was such a fun evening!

The next day my husband arrived in Napa to do a screening of his film, "Tim's Vermeer", for the retreat attendees.  It was so much fun to have him visit!
He had fun talking to Earomicha.

We had Ritual coffee at the Oxbow Market the afternoon before the screening.

Students enjoyed asking him questions post-screening...

While some of the teachers posed on the floor:
Jamie Fingal, Lyric Kinard, Judy  Coates-Perez, Victoria Findlay-Wolfe, and myself
(counter-clockwise from top left)

 Finally, I taught a ruler-free improv class with the theme of "Housetops and Variations".
Students creatively made compositions with this theme in a variety  of colors and prints.




I certainly hope my students had as much fun as I did.  Truly, being able to interact with all these
wonderful artists is a privilege and I enjoy every moment of it.  








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