Now that I’m home from Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay and have had a chance to unwind and unpack, I want to say that it was a fabulous experience. From the hotel to the participants, everything was great. Cyndy Sieving, the organizer of the entire event couldn’t have done a better job. My classes and all the events went off without a hitch. If only I had taken more pictures! When I got home, I realized I had taken only 9, total! And most of them weren’t any good, either out of focus or missing the moving target.
My first class on Friday morning was Embroidered Faces from Ancient Sources. My intrepid students drew their own designs and plotted the stitches to use. They plunged willingly into almost blind contour sketching and were amazed at what they could draw. By the end of the afternoon, the embroideries were nearly complete. I think they are wonderful. I would have like to have kept them for myself!My next class which I taught twice, Saturday and Sunday, was pattern design for cloth dolls. Unfortunately there are no pictures to share from either class. I guess I was too busy teaching to remember to take pictures. I do know that the students learned a lot. The most frequent comments I heard were “Ah, so that’s how that is done” and “Now I’m not afraid to experiment.” That’s just what I like to hear as a teacher. I like knowing that my students have the confidence in their own abilities, that they can create from their own imaginations. I am happy to report that, for me, AFICC was a success!