Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Artfest 2009, Part 1

I just pulled all the photos off the camera and uploaded and organized them on my hard drive. WHEW! I didn't realize how many I took until I did this!

So the first slide show is all the trades I received over 5 days, including some pics of the Inspiration Deck, which was a collaborative project with my housemates. The idea was to have art on one side, then some sort of inspiration to turn to on the other, for days when we're feeling stuck.

A few of the ladies had never done a collaborative like this before and were feeling anxious about whether or not they had done a good job, but once they saw how wonderfully all the contributions melded together, it was all good. The deck turn out amazing and I think it will be a nice keepsake of Artfest 2009.

When I was laying out all my trades so I could take photographs (quick ones, with everything just plunked on my bed!) I was amazed at how many there were and how different each one was for the next. The talent pool at Artfest runs deep!

This second slide show is of pieces from the Artfest gallery, based on the sea monster theme. There were several I just fell in love with. Who wouldn't want a velvet octopus in their studio? I don't remember who made it (alas!) but it was my favourite piece, along with the mermaid necklace Jacque my housemate and new found friend made. Just so you know, as the slide show plays, mouse over the pics to see the captions. That way you'll know what you're looking at.

One thing I really enjoy about being exposed to so much art is that I see things that I look at every day, but I see it being used slightly differently-different assemblage of materials, different colour pallets, and so on. It allows me to consider new possibilities about what I can do with the materials I have here in the studio. One thing I was blessed with was the ability to look at something and figure out (most of the time) how to do it myself. (Thanks to my Gramps-those genes came directly from him.) The trick is getting it down on paper before I lose the idea. You know how it goes-you get a flash a brilliance and then it's gone!

I am still tidying up the studio and putting things away. It's a challenge finding just the right spot for all my new treasures. I'll share some more Artfest goodness with you when I get another window of time to post. Until then, enjoy!


halowrites said...

oh, wow-- everything is so gorgeous! what a wonderful collection of inspiration. :) I'm so glad you had a good time, too.

Karenann Young said...

Thank you so much for sharing all that you have shared with us!!! It must have taken you quite awhile just to put together the slide show! Loved seeing everything! Thanks!!!