Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tuesday & Beyond

Hi All-
The Tuesday play day was fun again this past week. We had another day of playing with various paints to use on glass.. or rather inside the glass containers. As the play day group comes close to our celebrating one year of meeting together I realize that it hasn't been an easy time keeping this group of busy, busy people together and focused, but we all really enjoy our time of learning and sharing. The one thing the group kind of fell into early on was using 'in the room' exercises. These are simple artful exercises that let us focus, let go of all the other things going on in our lives, and bring us into the room. This simply little use of a few minutes has opened up lots of new avenues for thought and exploration over the past year. We have taken words or phrases and written them on paper scraps and thrown them into a basket. Then someone selects one and we may either use felt or pencil drawings to (within 5 minutes) express what the word(s) meant to us. My personal sketchbook really now contains at least a few kickstarts for a line of fabric...

It was a double treat week, for after the fun on Tuesday, on Thursday I headed off to the
LA Int'l Textile Show.

And, what a treat it was.... how could that much fabric, beads, trims, buttons, under one roof not be a treat. We went off to the show with every intention of making it a morning excursion, but there was just too much to be seen, touched, enjoyed... and yes, purchased. Since all that is shown here is not to be photographed the only way I could give you an idea of the color was to pick up a bunch of the vendors photographs, and as you can see there was quite a diverse gathering. Some of my favorites were the
Matsumo Glass Beads the trimmings at MPH, and the fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics.

I would highly recommend you attend any such event. The color trending and seeing and feeling all the wonderful textiles is a feast for the eyes and the heart.

In Stitches ~Rose

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