I am just back from Denver (ATHA Biennial) and Sauder Village. Because I was in classes either teaching or taking classes in Denver, I didn’t take any pictures. But the Denver guild did a smashing job and I had a wonderful time.
I took a few photos at Sauder Village to share. Well, one photo Alexander took of me with my sunflower hat which won the People’s Choice Ribbon. Wow was I surprised!
I brought the hat itself back with me from Paris to decorate with prodded sunflowers. I was inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings of sunflowers which I got to see in person (magnificent!) in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum. They had a special exhibit about his sunflower paintings so I learned that the colors we see today in those paintings bear little resemblance to the bright yellows and greens he actually used. I hooked the hat while traveling from Houston to the Midwest to visit family in August.
I hauled my Bighorn bench from Texas to Sauder (too big to ship) and it was regally displayed amidst the Celebration rugs (see the story about the bench in the latest Celebration).
I also have photos of the special group exhibit which had lots of attention. All the great work from people who have taken my workshops displayed together for the first time. The lead photo from the local news story about the Sauder Village Rug Show featured the work of Jerry Dickerson (Hooked Friends) from our Group Exhibit. So proud.