Ah...the beauty of Phoenix in August! Such a great time was had by all, at Art Unraveled.
It's always the same fantastic, creative scene there, Chuck and Linda Young do an amazing job of organizing, directing, entertaining, herding and just generally making sure that everyone is having the best art experience possible. I admire them more than I can say for their professionalism and spirit! Art Unraveled is one of my favorite venues to teach...for good reason...the creative, nurturing atmosphere is phenomenal.
And, yeah...there's Phoenix. It's warmish, sure...but it's so pretty. I'm fascinated by it's rugged good looks.
Right off the bat, I found the place I want to come back and visit; Camelback Inn. The shuttle dropped off some lucky lady here and I got a glimpse of the place...absolutely gorgeous. Much as I love staying at the Embassy Suites where AU is held, I really, really want to come back for a vacation trip, and stay at Camelback Inn. They have the most enchanting little casitas...
But the Embassy is the place I call "home" (and a great home-away it is) when I'm teaching and cutting up with friends and students.
I was especially thrilled to meet Sunny for the first time. I'm the proud owner of some of her incredible work and I just adore her whimsical style. I see how her charming, delightful self transfers right over into her art. I'm thinking there might be some kind of collaboration in our future... Wouldn't that be fun!
Of course, the best part of the trip is meeting up with my students. This lovely lady, Karen Hess, is an in-person student as well as an online student. She brought her gorgeous journal, created in my Artisan's Daybook online class. I was so excited to see this beautiful piece of work!
Also, you can see that she's wearing her Prairie Pearl Pod necklace...another class project. So pretty.
This pretty lady, Dana Rashoodi, came all the way from the Middle East to take classes at Art Unraveled. She's wearing the piece she made in my "Go Big" class...such a great job designing and executing.
Another amazing piece from the same class, made by this delightful girl, Cindy Swan-Egan. Karen, Dana and Cindy were all in this class, along with a bunch of other clever students. Loved seeing what they all came up with!
This is me, kicking back after the first "Go Big" day. Those feet needed a little rest!
My other two classes, "Replica Repousse Bangles" and "Maker of Saints" were equally terrific. I was especially pleased with the work done by this mother/daughter duo in the bangle class. Love mother/daughter stuff!
Yep. Happy to report that I squeezed not one, but two, workouts into the week. Man...this workout stuff is a long slog but Lisa Griffiths, you would be proud!
It's so worth it.
But, back to the goofing around.
Ya'll, I just love it when Diane lets me post these ridiculous shots of us together! They're my favorite.
See? It's not all fun and games. Oh wait...yes, it is. That's why we love Art Unraveled!
And then there was Vendor Day. Oh, how we love shopping at Vendor Day! I had some nice things to offer but the best part is chatting with students and shoppers who are kind enough to stop by my table. Also, I picked up a few great things like these vintage (early 1900's) Venetian glass trade beads.
One of my favorite finds was a group of wood cuckoo clock fronts. Not the clocks, just the fronts. The biggest one is about 4x5 inches and they're all carved with little birds and nests. (Did I tell you that my name means "bird" in Welsh? Oh, only a million times?) I don't have a photo of them because Diane is bringing them home for me in her overloaded SUV, but when I get them, I'll post them to my facebook page. You're gonna love them!
Ok so, enough of telling you about things you can't see right now.
And then...I had to leave.
I miss you students, already. Until next year!