Saturday, August 05, 2017

Going to England, France, and The Festival of Quilts

 (Above: Saint Anastasia, crated and ready to go to England!)

I haven't dragged out a suitcase, packed a toothbrush, or looked for my passport.  Steve hasn't gathered our rail passes or the AirBnB reservation or the English Chanel Ferry tickets or the tickets to next week's BBC Proms concert.  (In fact, he's outside cutting the back lawn.)  Yet, we aren't worried.  We're flying to England tomorrow.  We're sailing for France the day after that.  There's still time to pack!

(Above:  Saint Anastasia CLICK HERE to read about this special portrait.)

How can we feel so lackadaisical?  Well, Saint Anastasia is in her crate ready to go.  The rest seems comparatively unimportant! LOL!  We are both very excited to be hand delivering this triptych for Through Our Hands' exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.  Thousands will see this piece.  A plinth (that's a "pedestal" in American art lingo) has been built just for it!  We will see the show on the last day, Sunday, August 13th after sailing to France to see the Bayeux Tapestries.  We will also visit the beaches of Normandy and the La Cambe German War Cemetery where a distant cousin is buried.

So ... why get worried about packing?  As long as we throw a good pair of walking shoes, a map, and our passports into a second bag ... well ... we're good to go!  We both love traveling and this trip will certainly be an adventure.

(Above: Window CXXXVII.  Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

In the meantime, I finished two more small "Window" series pieces.  I need more work of course ... but that will happen after we return from our trip ... and before our trip to Utah later in the month.  Unbelievably, we are headed to see Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

(Above: Window CXXXVIII.  Unframed:  13" x 11".  Framed:  17" x 15".  Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black industrial felt with free-motion embroidery and melting techniques.)

I'm not in the least nervous about the minor details of loading a suitcase for a trans-Atlantic trip but I am more than a little apprehensive of spending so much time out of my studio.  I really NEED more artwork for my upcoming commitments.  When I return, I will be busy, busy, busy ... stitching, melting, mounting, framing, and blogging about the new creations that are already churning in my head!

3 comments:

Julie said...

Have a fantastic trip Susan. I hope your travel plans are going well today. I will miss seeing you at FOQ this time, if I go at all it will be on the Saturday. Have a great visit to France.

Kathleen Pitts said...

You will love Utah.

Eva Angel said...

Hi Susan, did you see the pieces in the fine art quiltmaster category?
There was one by Moniak Hulsebos which I thought was your work??? The technique and style was almost identical.