I have spent the last 4 days immersed in felt, hanging with felters, soon to be felters and otherwise unique and forward thinking people who want to learn, grow and take their skills to the next level. (except for one woman who was definitely adverse to joy).
Sitting back and watching others create was really a trippy experience. I was in and out of it as my needs morphed. Explore an idea, get wet, make something resembling my intentions, but a bit off and then dig through my wool and work on my freeform scarf. Thank God I had an instructor who understood my need for random acts of knitting. It helps me stay focused (YES, it does)
Many moons ago I studied millinery at George Brown College in Toronto and quickly discarded is as a way to earn a living. Just a chance to make myself a few stylish hats and then move on. Definitely not a way to earn a living or?
Now here I am, spent…still in my wet apron with my wrinkly hands admiring my new hats when I should be finishing sewing the worms on the apple hats for the UBC festival tomorrow. Could I? Dare I? Nah. I am still so in awe of the transformative nature of wool. I enjoyed having yet another thing to appreciate about fibre and fibre arts.
I know that I am already thinking about new elements to incorporate in my work. And I can let it rest at that. Yes, it was a very hectic and satisfying last 4 days. There will be pics as soon as I can get caught up with everything.
I hope your week offered you new learning opportunities and challenges. If it didn’t ….seek some out.