|Mail boxes at The Landmark Center, Minneapolis|
|Jiyoung Chung exhibit at Minnesota Center for Book Arts|
The tours ended at the Nash Gallery, which featured shows by India Flint, Tim Harding, Barbara Lee Smith, Mary Edna Fraser, Linda Gass, and the SDA Member Show. In a small alcove off the reception area, I also found an art vending machine.
My biggest regret of the week was that I missed Pat Hickman's keynote address Thursday night. But after leaving at the crack of pre-dawn for the drive to Minneapolis and a very full day, once I got to the home of the friends who put me up for the week I stayed put, ate their food, enjoyed the warmth of their company, and probably snored.
By the next morning, I was rested and ready to go. Stephen Fraser of Spoonflower and Faythe Levine of Handmade Nation were the featured speakers. Faythe made some points in a quiet, personal way that I hope, when I'm finished processing, will remove the phrase "I can't" from my vocabulary.
At the box lunch meeting of the regional groups, I met some new people and re-connected with others. In the afternoon I attended a pojagi demonstration by Chunghie Lee and the Basketry Today lecture by Jo Stealey (note to self -- remember to Google those names from Jo's talk and repeat my encouragement to Stephen about adding some basic garment pattern templates for engineered prints).
|SDA special interest group -- Embroidery|
Friday night was the members' Trunk Show and the DIY Festival, where local artists sold their work. There were also demonstrations (lace making and spinning, maybe more that I missed) at the DIY Festival, where I also saw the booth where volunteers from the Textile Center created custom art T-shirts, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
Saturday morning's featured speaker was by India Flint, who ended her talk by unwrapping a silk bundle she dyed in her hotel room the night before using plant materials she found on a walk around where she was staying.
Saturday night was the Fashion Show. I shamelessly snagged a front-row seat at the end of the runway, then took not one single photo. Sorry.
I wish Bill had been with me to hear Sunday's featured speaker, Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. Since that wasn't possible, I think her books will be added to my library shortly.
There was much, much more. On Sunday afternoon after helping to set up Lanny's class space (I was the workshop assistant), we got to a couple of galleries I missed on Thursday. We made it to Teresa Paschke's show at Augsburg College shortly before the gallery closed, and that turned out to be my favorite of all the shows I saw.
If you've read this far, you're probably thinking this sounds more like a book report than the processing of an important experience. True. But it's helped me organize my thoughts and get to this point:
- I have a not-so-tidy pile of notes made about techniques, products, suppliers, and artists whose work I want to see. Those things are interesting and useful, but not what's most important.
- But what resonates with me is the stories woven in and around the work I saw and the people who make it, see it, and respond to it.
- For me, it's all about connections, relationships and stories. The work may be abstract or representational, purely a response to the materials or overtly intended to convey a concept. But for me, it's all about how it relates us to each other and the world around us.
- Further my processing, with a focus on the post-conference workshop with Lanny Bergner. I'll post some of that as soon as I can.
- Start thinking again about two areas of intrigue from a while back. I think I'm ready now for further exploration of Ancient Walls and Erosion & Excavation.
- I'm setting some ambitious but realistic challenges for myself, much of it based on feedback from the workshop but mostly stuff I've known for a while but pushed to the back burner.
- Stay in touch with some of the people I met. There's a reason why our paths cross when they do. And I can't wait to see how some of them process their own experience in Minneapolis.