Well, I’m back from the Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion trip. I had a sleepless blast. Everyone left egos at home, and became an immediate family. There were all different ages and types of people, but because everyone had the Arrowmont Residence experience in common, that was enough to form a tight bond in a mold of inspiration and creative energy. We had a TON of laughs and clinking glasses toasting and honoring old times and future endeavors. My mind is still spinning with a flood of information, and ideas unrealized. We all want to do this every year….an unrealistic endeavor, but I don’t think this reunion idea is over…it will just take a different form.
I was able to take over 2 tables in the studio space provided so I could work on many pieces at once. I was able to finish about 5 prints, but many more are still in progress. The one I’m most proud of is below. I will post pics of some of the others at a later date, as I finish them in the coming weeks. I donated 2 of them to a future auction for fund raising. We also worked on a few collaborative projects which was really fun to watch unfold. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the final results, but I will include a picture of my favorite one in progress.
I was able to experiment a little with the print press, but it was a bit of a challenge to really get focused in the studio, so I did not experiment with it as much as I intended. I really wanted to get something finished for the donation, so I tried to focus on what I already knew, but introduced new media instead of new tools. Below is a picture of a jack press that was homemade and brought by Fenella Belle, a fellow fiber artist from Charlottesville, VA. It was made for 11″ x 14″ paper. Todd is going to help me design and build one for bigger paper. He already has ideas for it.
It was such a treat to be given a large studio space to work with like minded people. Everyone left inspired, well fed, and tired…a perfect combination of a productive and fun week! Thank you Arrowmont for a memorable week!! You will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart! For those of you who are looking for a creative vacation, I HIGHLY recommend Arrowmont. It is at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where beautiful hikes are very close, the food is great, and even though it is in the tourist attraction town of Gatlinburg, TN, you never really felt that tourist energy unless you ventured off the campus. The campus is tucked away off the beaten path and creates its own oasis of beauty and talent.