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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yesterday - What a fabulous day!!

I dislike being referred to as a ‘tutor’ – I prefer ‘workshop facilitator’ and yesterday that is just what I was doing – facilitating a workshop. 10 wonderful ladies from the Cotswold branch of the embroiderer’s guild took part in my Mail Art workshop – making postcards. This ‘craze’ has not fully reached parts of the UK yet so these ladies were keen to get involved. I offered the usual choice – we all make the same postcard, or we all do our own thing, using my recipes and I show them individually (or all together) the bits they are interested in.

The ladies decided on the second option and looked through my collection of postcards picking their favourites and off they went! I had a lovely time talking to each lady, offering ideas, showing my methods and generally enjoying the day. They are a very talented, inspirational and creative group. Some played with background ideas preferring to finish off at home, some completed one or more postcards and some just absorbed information (without being productive but leaving with lots of ideas!)
Photos (I took over 100 pics, lots of work in progress - I love the 'recipes' and some finished works) so here are a few to share, of course these were so much better in the flesh!!! .......

Our round up show and tell..

By Sara - a lovely mixture of textures...and a striking Valentine..
Ruth was working with lovely spring colours, tyvek, puff paint on a background for later A couple by Irene..woven textureand very delicate hearts for Valentines Day. A wonderful vibrant colour combination by Chris
Delicate golden layers by Pauline..
A couple of spring postcards (I feel a series here...) by Gina


Jill had lovely delicate colours and marked out two postcards but this may become a notebook - you can see the posibility.......
Dot prepared this lovely lace background and took home ideas of what to do with materials at home...
Sue produced brilliant thick textured backgrounds.
Georgina - here working on her bark texture
and a tyvek sample
As they were such a good bunch I have agreed to do postcard swap with them all – just to start them off on the delightful journey of mailing art!! – So I’ve done it again – set myself more work to do!! In this case I think it is well worth it – to continue to inspire these ladies.So I don’t think I succeeded as a tutor but I really felt I had facilitated the creative inspiration for these ladies!!

9 comments:

Carol said...

How wonderfuy inspirational, and what wonderfu work produced.An excellent day i think. Love Carol t

Guzzisue said...

such lovely work and I suspect a good day was had by all. Now, tell me again, how do you find time to do everything??

Susan D said...

Well done on inspiring the ladies on a new journey.

Doreen G said...

A wonderful outcome Anna and it is evident that you were a good teacher.

Julie said...

What a wonderful collection of work and surely the sign of a good tutor, you inspired the ladies and showed them the way. They then took your input and ran with it to great effect. Well done you and the ladies.

Kim said...

Tutor, facilitator, teacher, guru... whatever the label, you inspired other to create art - well done!

Nikki said...

The cards are wonderful. Looks like you all had a great time.

spiralsun65 said...

Wow, these are SO impressive. I love textile art postcards; let's hope they catch on here like they have in the US. You must be a great tutor. Sorry, facilitator! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, too! Karen :-)

Susan said...

Hi!
I love this post...your warmth and gentleness show through every word. I know you made a remarkable impression on so many people...you can see it in their work. Many congratulations!
Susan