Several years ago, my dear friend Barb Mortell asked me if I would consider teaching a workshop on Denman Island, BC Canada. I said, of course, that sounds fabulous. This is Barb–a woman with bright ideas.
This September it happened. We held a four day workshop on beautiful Denman Island. It is part of Barb’s goal of creating and leading workshops and retreats in the Vancouver area. Her business is called Artleap.
The adventure started with the usual acknowledgement of the moose and Kes Woodard’s beautiful birch canopy above him.
I left so early, I got to see the sunrise from the plane.
Three flights—including my first ever float plane adventure—three drives, and one ferry ride later, we arrived on the island.
For those of you who would like to know more about this wee island off the coast of Vancouver Island, you can be going here. Barb’s adopted dog Buster kept us all in line—no one got to talk to Barb more than he felt was necessary.
The first day started off with the entire island losing power. Yep. Four hours of teaching without electricity. It did not stop anyone. People hauled their fabric collections outside to select colors via daylight.
Design walls steadily filled with prints, bits, and patterns.
It was thrilling to watch each AND every student dilligently plod along through the artistic process.
Students worked from nine to nine every day.
We began each day with a lecture and me sharing an old blog post that I thought might provide useful fodder for the days thinking, stitching, and designing.
We read the following posts-
On the final day, I did one of my favorite things—I walked all day!
I walked and talked to each student individually for about 20 -30 mintues.
The students selected the topics—how to improve their quilting, how to be more disciplined in their practice, and how to find time to make their work—amoung other fun topics—were discussed.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the amazing work made during the workshop.
It truly is mind boggling what can happen during four focused days of art making.
We spent the last minutes of our time together—looking at each student’s work.
I really hope Barb Mortell continues her journey creating workshops and retreats for artists of all kinds. I am ready to follow her as a teacher and as student. Check out her website.
I have been writing a blog for almost five years now. And today, during the final hours of the final day of September 2018, I can still say that I have written at least one blog post a month that entire time. It was close, but I rallied.