Saturday, May 3, 2014

The e.g.Conference: Eclectic and Delightful

My husband was invited to give a presentation at the 2014 e.g. conference.  What is the e.g. conference, you ask?  Are you familiar with TED talks?  
Here is the description of the conference on the website:
It may be the best-kept secret in the world of conferencing and unlike any other gathering you’ve been to. But those who come know that EG is the touchstone for innovators in just about every imaginable field, and each year, the conference is simply unforgettable. The people who attend EG are makers and doers of extraordinary things. They are breakers of boundaries and explorers of frontiers and busters of myths. They are inventors and educators, artists and designers, writers and thinkers, scientists and engineers, musicians, magicians, the young and old, the famous and the undiscovered, full of wonder, curiosity, and surprises.
Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Or on a clock. Or when you pay for it. It’s a collective opportunity, and there’s no substitute for being immersed with the best. More intimate, more concentrated, more consistently surprising than any other gathering we know of, and definitely not stuck in any narrow industrial rut, EG explores the new and the different by engaging a remarkable mix of people. It is a place to find something priceless: your next great idea.
So, Tim was invited to talk about "Tim's Vermeer".  I was invited to accompany him.  I looked forward to being there but I had no idea how much I would love it.  The unique thing about this gathering is the number of amazing people who come together to share their stories.  Under this umbrella we have an opportunity to get acquainted, have dinner together, laugh, talk, and be inspired.

Each presenter was pictured in a wacky banner in the conference center foyer.

Tim with his banner in the background.

My father gets quite a bit of "face time" due to the film.

 I was pleased to see a quilt maker on the roster of presenters.
Nina Paley is a film maker and quilter.  You should check her out!
Here is the quilt she brought to the conference.

She has a unique system for accomplishing this amazing stitch work.

The painting was placed in the foyer for people to see.  

I got to meet Amy Tan (and her two dogs).

Ms. Tan peruses the gorgeous clothing of designer Angel Chang,
who has founded Farm to Fashion and told her captivating story about the project.

David Hume Kennerly took Tim's photograph in the hotel with the painting.

How fortunate I am to have been able to attend this gathering.  We hope to return.  Memories of the people we met and the stories we listened to will resonate well-beyond this event.

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