Thursday, February 24, 2011

Weekend in Washington State and Port Moody, BC

(Photo from La Push on the coast of Washington State and very near Forks, WA...where the program "Twilight" is filmed...but we didn't see any of the "vampires"!)

Last weekend Steve and I flew out to Seattle, took a rental car to the Olympic peninsula, and went to the Wearable Arts Awards fashion show of recycled materials. The weather was picture perfect. The trails were well marked and easy. The rocky coast line included expanses of sand, sea tumbled rocks, and even a sea gull skull (which, of course, I took home!) Bald eagles soared overhead during the day. The night time ferry ride from Port Townsend was lit by a big, clear, full moon. The entire trip was a wonderful experience in the wild beauty of nature.

(Above: La Conner Quilt Museum. Click on image to enlarge.)

We also went to the La Conner Quilt Museum. Situated on the top of a hill, the old Gaches Mansion now houses three stories of exhibition space. The ground floor is refurbished with late Victorian furniture, wall paper, and period accessories. It showcases work from the permanent collection....which, at the time, were CRAZY QUILTS! I love crazy quilts and photography was allowed on this level. (I took several more images and posted them HERE!

(Above: Detail from a late 19th century crazy quilt at the La Conner Quilt Museum. Click on image to enlarge.)

The upper two levels were exhibiting embroideries by Marjorie Bachert, Sandra Little, Maura Donegan and Lisa Harkins. These women all hold a London City & Guilds Diploma in Research, Design and Embroidery from the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center. The work was diverse, exceedingly well crafted, and beautifully presented.

(Above: The Leaf Dress at Wearable Arts Awards 2011.)

The main reason for this trip, however, was to attend the Wearable Arts Awards fashion show of recycled materials in Port Moody, British Columbia. Two of my garments, The Leaf Dress and The Flower Dress, had been accepted into this international show. I thought we'd come a long way to attend...but there were other artists there from the United States and also addition to many from all over Canada. Dancers wore the accepted fashions on a red carpet runway. Original choreography and carefully selected music complimented each grouping of four or five outfits. Thus, my floral creation appeared with other, new age or hippie inspired dresses and while "The Age of Aquarius" filled the air. It was so much fun. Plus.....I WON FIRST PLACE in the category called "Second Life", basically the "recycling award"!

(Above: The Flower Dress at Wearable Arts Awards 2011.)

Of course, taking photos of moving dancers from several feet night....with a spotlight following the model...without flash....resulted in very, very blurry photos. These two were the "best" I could manage. To see these dresses better, click HERE! At the same time as this fashion show was taking place...but on the other side of the continent, I was being honored with another award! Window I won the Niche Award in the category of decorative fibers at the Buyers Market of American Craft in the Philadelphia Convention Center! I'd love to say that "I'm thrilled".... but, in truth, these two awards are so awesome that's I'm really just "stunned"!

(Above: Steve on Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the continental United States.)

On our return to Seattle we went to the Bellevue Art Museum to see "The Mysterious Content of Softness", an exhibition featuring the work of eleven international and very contemporary fiber artists. It was an excellent show full of thought provoking concepts.

Lastly, I've only got a couple days in which to spend in my studio because we are headed to Birmingham, England to see Mathias dance in La Fille Mal Gardee. He's second cast in the role of Alain....a plum part in which he'll be wired for "flying"! I can't wait!


lindacreates said...

How exciting Susan! You were over on my side of the US. I wish you had had more time and could have come to Coeur d'Alene! I am thrilled for you that you won these awards. You are so worthy and have worked so hard. I love the La Conner Quilt Museum. I am due to go and visit again. I hope the same displays will be there. What a wonderful trip you had! That part of the state of Washington is very beautiful. You have inspired me to go to see the tulip festival in La Conner in the Spring!

Lynn said...

I love that you are "stunned"! How humble you are. You are by far one of the very very very best fiber artists I have ever come across so of course you won those awards!!!
Because you deserve them big time!
Be proud!

I love Port Townsend. Glad you got to be there. Your husband and mine look similiar! ;-)

Enjoy watching your talented son fly and dance! How wonderful.

Happy for you in many ways!!!

lynda Howells said...

lovely images Susan. So excited for you for coming to see your son dance and fly. If by any chance you get down to London..please give me a call. Would love to meet for coffeexxmy email is
x Lyndax

EmandaJ said...

Congratulations x2! Too bed you couldn't be in two places at the same time to receive both awards.


dewatobay said...

Fun! Congratulations!
Hard to believe you were so close! I should have been paying attention and gone to see this show!


Congrats on the win! So beautiful and you deserve the win!