NOTE – I used thumbnail pics in this post and they keep moving themselves around so I apologize for the random arrangement of photos and text in this post. Lesson learned! As usual, you can click on any photo to enlarge it.
Today I drove about 2 hrs from Swift Current to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (SK) to be guest artist as part of the Park’s Artist-in-the-Park Program. It was an absolutely glorious day to be driving the Trans Canada. Endless blue sky above the prairie vista stretching out on all sides. I saw cowboys on horseback (probably checking or rounding up cattle), giant bales of hay dotting fields that were still green (which is amazing for this time of year). Swathed fields waiting baling or combining. On the way to the park from Maple Creek I drove by a stock dog competition (herding sheep).
The workshop was held in the Family Room at the Park’s Visitor Centre. We were going to be outside in a large event tent, but that had been moved over to the site for the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party (more about that later).
I brought along some postcards from postcard exchanges I’ve been in plus some of my other pieces to use for inspiration. This workshop is advertised as no sewing so everything is fused or heatset by iron.
I was told the participants could come at any time between 1-3 pm. I had 2 sisters show up right about 1pm. After some basic instructions regarding the process they soon set to work creating their first piece.
Here is their work as they started out.
Her sister used some beehive printed fabric as inspiration to draw her own design.
Just as I was getting the sisters started on their projects, I had a couple of ladies come in to make some fibre art. One of them was a quilter but the other wasn’t. I gave them some basic instructions. Here is some of their work in progress.
She made a second piece from her own drawing.
Mary Leigh decided to draw her own design. Sections were cut apart to make the “pattern” pieces
About 15 min before the scheduled end of the workshop, another person arrived and asked if she could make a piece. She got a very quick into to what we were doing and started. She has been doing some drawing, etc with Geoff at some of his workshops. She is also a quilter and decided she will probably add stitching to her piece at her cabin/home.
All in all participants said they enjoyed the workshop. I know I certainly enjoyed doing the workshop. This type of workshop is interesting since you have no idea how many people will come, what their ages and abilities are, and what they might make. I’m always a bit astonished at what most folks create given a few basic instructions. I love it!!
PS – I think I may have ”lured” Geoff to the “dark side” – he’s interested in learning more about fibre art and quilting!