The last few weeks have been phenomenally busy, as I knew they would be and I am now partly counting down the days/hours to our holiday, partly in relief at the idea of a break and partly in complete panic at the number of things I still have to do beforehand (and that doesn’t even include packing yet!). But it has also been lots of fun.
After all the PomPoms went up, I had to catch up with all the PomPom blogging and publicity and then really get to work on my tasks for FABFEST!. FABFEST! took place over four days from 13-16 June and was Balfron’s first ever arts festival. It was organised by our not-for-profit arts organisation, FAB Arts, which means in reality, Dawn, Frances and myself. Just like the PomPoms, FABFEST! went down a storm.
|Alex Gray signing books|
|Liz Arthur answering questions|
I would have loved to visit all the events, particularly the author readings by Alex Gray and by Liz Arthur, but at the times they were talking I was helping out with a pre-schooler story-telling and puppet session and then leading a felt making workshop. One of the time changers that appear in the Harry Potter books would have been really useful over the past month!
|Wendy Woolfson telling stories|
My felt making workshops were a great success and I enjoyed them too. There was some lovely felt made, mostly for the first time and a real enthusiasm for classes to continue in the autumn.
|Liz with her felt landscape|
|Susan with her felt landscape|
|Printing activity at the Exhibition|
On Sunday, I had Open Studios. It had been a huge effort to get my studio ready. Unfortunately I have lost the before shot so you can see the difference. Many of my friends say ‘Wow’ in amazement when they entered – not about my artwork, but the transformation of my studio into a tidy place. I like the tidy studio (shame about the rest of the house), but I’m looking forward to messing it up again when I start some new work soon...!
|One tidy studio!|