As artists we spend a lot of time alone in our studios. We all love what we do but the reality is that much of our time is spent by ourselves. As humans we also like to spend time with like minded individuals and groups. This is where conferences come into the picture. Equate going to a conference to being in the best play group in the world where you get candy all the time and no one takes your crayons. You get to talk all day about what interests you the most and no one is bored by your conversations. Then there is the aspect that all of your new found friends are full of ideas and want to hear your ideas. What could be more fun than that. You come home full of new ideas and way more plans than any sane person could carry out in a reasonable time. But some of those ideas become reality and that's the best part of all.
Here are two pictures that Floris Flam took when she attended the Quilt/Surface design symposium. The first is the design that Floris chose when the teacher said that each person should choose a neutral three or four letter word and the second is what happened to the letters "CITY" when they were modified by the hand and mind of the artist.
Many of the chosen fabrics were hand dyed by Floris and some of them were done by a technique using oatmeal as a resist. More about that later.