I had the honor of attending and teaching at the Taproot Gathering at Squam this past week. It was a beautiful whirlwind of an experience, soaking up beautiful New Hampshire in September with some of my favorite people. Swimming in the rain, crafting by the fire, meeting so many amazing and kind people. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be at the Taproot Gathering, and be a part of the Taproot community in general. Big BIG thank you's to Elizabeth Duvivier and Amanda Soule.
The workshop I was teaching was called A Return to Play. I wanted to hold a space for people to explore creating soft sculptures, working only off of basic techniques and principles I use in my work. We began with a wire armatures, and sewed all sorts of recycled fabric, felt, yarn and fur. I wanted people to use their creative intuition and sense of play and imagination to let their pieces almost create themselves. Most of all I wanted them to have fun, to touch and stitch and feel connected to their sculptures and each other. I was so blown away by the things that my students made! It was so humbling and inspiring to experience people's excitement and watch them go through the process of creating a character. I had SO much fun, and I am so proud of all of my workshop participants.
Some of the things made by my students!
Me at my table, courtesy of Amanda Blake Soule
I also had a table at the Squam Art Fair, and had a wonderful night! Thank you so much to everyone who dropped by! I so appreciate your love and support.
Until next time, Squam.
It's on to the Common Ground Country Fair in Maine next with Taproot and then back west for me.
(woven by the incredible and lovely Harriet Goodall)