The first part of our SAQA Andover design contest is over. After our May Call for Entry, we ended up with 190 designs from 65 artists! I am doing a blind jury now, curating the artwork into a short list before Andover and I make a final collection choices. Many thanks to all of you who submitted artwork!
Many of you are following the progress of Libby at www.caringbridge.org/visit/libbylehman - and the news May 31 was difficult to hear. The doctors have reported that she has lost her speech center. According to them, this means that she cannot speak, nor can she understand speech. Her speech center was located in the right side of her brain where the stroke occurred. Therapy will continue. The road ahead will be long and difficult. More details on the caring bridge site. Please do follow those posts as they are directly from her sisters.
You may wonder why I have a photo of a handsome cheetah this week. Sophie finally talked me into letting her do a week of camp at the Denver Zoo, which means I am driving over an hour from Boulder to Denver in the morning. Monday I drove back to Boulder during the day, which meant I was driving for almost 5 hours for 2 round trips. One day of that was enough, so I am just taking her to camp the rest of this week, and spending my time on creative studies all day in Denver until it is time to pick her up. On the way home today, I picked up a carload of Guatemalan ikat cottons from one of our suppliers. Yippee!
So I have challenged myself to walk the entire loop of the zoo each morning this week, to take animal photo portraits. This is one of the images I snapped this morning. I will add these to my photo archive for future art projects, and I'll post my favorite animal portraits on my Flickr photo page.
I also went to see a fashion documentary film at a nearby art cinema house. "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" takes you behind the scenes at Bergdorf Goodman with the long process of designing window displays, telling the history of the building and the company, and interviewing many iconic fashion designers. The textiles, artwork, and luxe eye candy make this a scrumptious 90 minutes of vicarious retail therapy. You may recall my Hong Kong roommate (then working for Oscar de La Renta) was Halston's head patternmaker during his heady couture days, so I'll have to talk to her about the Halston history in this film.
The first batch of quilt photos from the Quilt Canada show are up - I love all the nature themed art quilts!