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ArtFest around the corner

March 4, 2009

ArtFest occurs every spring in Port Townsend WA. Located on the beautiful grounds of Fort Warden State Park (where the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” was filmed) hundreds of artsy-crafty folks descend. April 1-5 are this years dates. A total of 27 instructors teach individual classes each day. Last year was my first and what an incredible experience it was! The  class line up included Nina Bagley’s “Wee Book”, Catherine Witherell’s “PMC Bird Pendant” and Melissa Manley’s “Starburst Book”.  I really enjoyed Melissa Manley as an instructor (and I enjoyed the other two as well) and wanted to take another class from her. She changed her “Gut Instinct” class into creating wire bug forms covered in intestines. Yep, real pig guts. That will take care of Thursday. On Friday I delve into Mary Beth Shaw’s abstract painting class. Now I am not a painter, but she assures the class that all levels are welcome…. Her work so impressed me last year that I purchased one for our house. Now I get a chance to learn how it’s produced! Saturday is Fred Mullet’s fish printing course. I don’t think real fish will be involved or it might have been called gyotaku. Roberta mentioned Fred has a rubber stamp line. Makes sense we will be working with those. Humm, I should probably get going on my supply list for each class.

The best part of ArtFest is staying with all the incredible women of House 4E. What an amazing group of artists! It will be the unveiling of our year-long pass around projects. I’m currently working on Lauren Ohlgren’s “house” project and a page for baby Jai’s ABC book. I’ve heard that my project has grown to an enormous size. The vision was for a non-traditional wall quilt. Can’t wait to see what it has become.

Here are some images from last years projects.

PMC Bird Pendant from Catherine Witherell's class

PMC Bird Pendant from Catherine Witherell's class

Page 1 of the Wee Book. My dad and big brother

Page 1 of the Wee Book. My dad and his big brother glued to copper screen.

Page 2 of Wee Book. Paper fern and vile w/ local beach sand.

Page 2 of Wee Book. Paper fern and vile w/ local beach sand.

Page 3 of Wee Book. Bark and sticks collected from beach. Sewn on.

Page 3 of Wee Book. Bark and sticks collected from beach. Sewn on.

Page 4 Wee Book. Script paper w/ Maple seed stitched into match box.

Page 4 Wee Book. Script paper w/ Maple seed stitched into match box.

Page 5 Wee Book. Stones stitched and glued on to page. Sticks wrapped in copper wire

Page 5 Wee Book. Stones stitched and glued on to page. Sticks wrapped in copper wire

Wee book exterior w/ fabric and copper cover. Pages held in with ribbon. Not the best color choices for this project.

Wee book exterior w/ fabric and copper cover. Pages held in with ribbon. Not the best color choices for this project.

Starburst book w/ image of young Lee reading newspaper behind black window frame. Not visible are strips of text, curled and loose in window space.

Starburst book w/ image of young Lee reading newspaper behind black window frame. Not visible are strips of text, curled and loose in window space.

Starburst book interior. Pages folded and attached to eachother. Able to journal on either side.

Starburst book interior. Pages folded and attached to eachother. Able to journal on either side.

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