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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Artists Round Table - July


I'm so happy about our latest Artists Round Table, especially as I actually got it together to send out the emails in time before I was in Fanfayr Arts and Crafts show all weekend (though I did find out I could access the internet on my iPad all weekend in Confederation Basin!!!)

I decided to try to follow Lindsey's pattern of having our Summer meetings outdoors and/or at artists' studios. We've been to a few over past Summers and in an effort to keep it alive I invited everyone to my place (sure that not all 70+ on the list would show up!) Also, while I was in Fanfayr I had two women come to my booth to chat and when I found out they were artisans I invited them to the ART.

Nicole shows us her beautiful photos of Fort Henry and the Guard.
Reg Aitken told of his photography and how he worked, where he worked and some of the hitches involved in location and subjects and Kim came up with a solution to a problem he faces...I was so thrilled!!! That's a huge part of what the ART is about when we network.

 Nicole brought photographs of Fort Henry and the members of the Guard which were stunning! 




I asked anyone who wanted to come to bring some example of their work, and maybe cookies. Tina Roeder brought yummy chicken salad sandwiches....plus... a gift for me! I was so touched and surprised!!!  We checked out her site online and looked at her wonderful silver cuffs and custom jewelry


Annie Milne arrived toting large sparkly things that turned out to be puppets!




 She talked about creating them and the shows she does then got out the giant man to show us.   


Tina jumped up to climb into the 'human' working bits in back to animate this wonderful puppet.... as seen in the video below.










Denise Love showed us some of her photographic work both online and in a cotton bag that she had printed with one of her photographs. Here she is holding up a framed 'Sun Print' that she did with special paper purchased in kit form from many gift shops at museums, online  and I suppose from science shops. You put objects on the paper, sit it in the sun for two minutes then wet it carefully...of course it's a tad more involved than that but the effects are such fun.


One of the women I invited is Heather (rats I've forgotten her last name) was also in Fanfayr with her garbage can cases...papier mache holders to pretty up your kitchen can. But she also brought a lovely piece of fibre art.
Heather with her garbage can cover.






Annie brought more... a friend who is a quilter. Kim Johnson brought examples of her quilts to share with us.






 This is my effort at sun printing with Denise's kits, we had been talking and munching for an hour and a half by this time (Heather brought ginger snaps, Annie - rice crispy squares, I made iced tea). We had been up to my studio to have a quick peek at my latest toy, a Garter Carriage, and to view Doris Powers' paintings on my big computer, she had brought them on a jump drive.

Well, back to the studio, I must start catching up with my orders and other work!!! I'd welcome any amendments, additions and corrections to this post as I was having too good a time to take comprehensive notes!!!

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