|If they were in Furano by Hiroko Miyama in the Pet exhibit|
I try to balance my 4 days with seeing friends, seeing lectures, seeing demos, seeing exhibits and shopping.
First a gratuitous picture of a cow quilt:
|Identity Crises by Suzan Engler|
You know I like to interview artists (see some of them here!)so this takes up a big portion of my time.
Meet David Taylor.The beauty of his art with the subtle color changes and gesture was awesome.
I learned so much from each artist including the one from Brazil through her interpreter. Like me, she becomes driven by an idea. All the way in Brazil!
Lea McComas (I never got a clear picture of with So many crowded around) told us how she approaches new work, how she views old photos and takes bits and pieces of them, chooses what fabrics best create a mood, ets.
If you visit Festival, don't miss the chance to interact with these talented artists from around the world sharing their processes. And you know me, they all told me about their studios! I soaked up as much info as I could absorb, then checked out the vendor section. It was trick or treat for quilters!
Speaking of which, I often take the $8 lectures, like this one from Yvonne Porcella.
|An exhibit all about Yvonne Porcella|
I stayed behind after the lecture to have a chance to touch her hand and tell her of my admiration. I was in a happy place after laughing, then when I touched her hand, I started to teardrop up. What!! Then they rolled down my face!
I don't know, I am sensitive to people and love her.
I loved the lectures for the content, the topics and the chance to hear people I admire talking about their process and design. There have been few disappointments over the years, with someone being arrogant or disorganized, but luckily they are rare but disappointing. There were a couple of those this year too. But not Yvonne, or Mary Mashuta...
One of the silliest was Eleanor Burns talks.
The really important meetings for me however were the ones involving friends from around the world. I arranged to meet Maggie Winfield to check out exhibits and have lunch. Here she is in her finery.
|I was excited to meet up with the QuiltArt online friends at the Hilton bar on Thursday night. This is an opportunity to meet friends I've only known online through a fabulous list of over 3000 quilting artists from around the world. We often form email friendships over time, and on this night we got to hug and share a drink in person. I was able to connect with my new bestie Nancy (see post following this one)|
FunkyDiva) and Diane Ferguson (yarngoddess) on right and my new friend Margaret not pictured, and I all ate lunch and laughed more than ever.
So that's a bit of my experience meeting people. It went on all day and it was hard to turn off the excitement at night to go to sleep! I'm still tired.