What this blurry photograph doesn't show, besides just about everything, is that the group who came for my artist talk was really great. You can kind of get an idea of that by the number of blurry figures who are blurrily crocheting. They listened politely and they asked great questions, added interesting comments and generally made me feel like it is ok to give an artist talk that is just honest and not about trying to be anything or do anything special.
What with all that talking and questioning and commenting, we only had a short time for the workshop and a small group of dedicated people who participated. And that was just exactly right. They made their own version of Indra's Net using their interactions from the previous 24 hours. We wove them all together.
One (of the many) extra bonuses of being part of A Handmade Assembly is that I have been able to take two of the offered workshops. On Thursday, I did a bookbinding workshop using recycled materials with Sarah Evans. As I said to Lucy that evening, why don't we do bookbinding more? It is so fun! And then - you have a book! Or, in this case, four books.
On Friday, I did a rug hooking workshop with Alicia Steeves. Alicia's understated superpowers convinced me that I do, in fact, like rug hooking. I really like it.
And THEN...as if giving a talk, leading a workshop, and participating in a workshop wasn't enough, I was very generously invited to have supper with one of the other artists involved with the Assembly, Anna Torma. She lives about 1/2 hr. from Sackville. It was a gorgeous evening and really nice to have the opportunity to see some of New Brunswick beyond the Trans-Canada Highway. It was even nicer to spend time with Anna and her husband, Ishvan Zsako, who also is an artist.
How could you add any more to such an experience? Well...today there is the Heart and Pocket Revue, which is a craft sale. For me, the highlight is to see the very dear Rilla Marshall. Rilla used to live in Corner Brook, which is where we met, but she has moved back to her home province of PEI. She makes the most beautiful weavings and is just a beautiful person all around. Check out her blog here.
And alright already, I did buy a little hand-dyed yarn. It was on sale! Sheesh.