The first day's format consisted of presentations by several world-renowned fiber artists. Jane Dunnewold kicked it off with a bit of play as she taught us how to balance spoons on our noses. Her presentation was packed with positive messages to inspire everyone's creativity through play and curiousity. Subsequent presentations by Paula Kovarik and Betty Busby, built upon previous messages for a well-rounded program focused on fiber art. An afternoon panel presentation shared practical tips and advice for exhibiting our fiber art with presentations by Laura Mitchell (Executive Director of VMOTA), Luana Rubin (Co-owner of eQuilter), and Betty Busby. It was so wonderful to witness the positive energy as attendees networked and reconnected with one another in between the various presentations and over lunch.Afterwards the VMOTA staff and volunteers welcomed us for an evening reception sponsored by eQuilter. How wonderful to see incredible textile art exhibitions up close and personal. I was honored to have my "Follow Your heART" included in the Up Close and Personal exhibition featuring artwork created by Presidents of SAQA.
The next two days were workshop days with 6 amazing artists: Betty Busby, Jane Dunnewold, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Valerie Goodwin, Jill Kerttula, and Paula Kovarik. It was difficult to choose which 2-day workshop to take as they all looked amazing. I opted to take Paula's Line Matters Workshop as I am just fascinated with her artwork and was looking to incorporate more emotion and meaning into my free-motion quilting.
There was plenty of design inspiration to be discovered outside the classroom which was adjacent to a marina. I had fun studying the environment for interesting lines and shapes to sketch before incorporating into one of my stitching assignments.