Monday, May 18, 2009

the dust and the nerves are settling...




We spent yesterday celebrating Ken's 61 birthday the whole day long. We went out to breakfast at one of our favorite's...Dave and Flo's Bake and Brew...for some pretty good/OK food. This is a swinging place to meet and greet your neighbors and have plain good old food. The whole family works in this unique restaurant and if your spirits need lifting this a great place to have a meal with your friends. I had a Greek omelet and if I closed my eyes I could pretend I was back on Paros Island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Athens, Greece. We met up with a couple of artists and caught up on the day's events and plans. I missed Jay Yung's opening on Friday in Granville and heard only glowing reports of his latest Ohio barns exhibit. I will try to get there this week to check this out because I have known this young man for 20 years and he has only grown in his skills and applications of color and textures.
In the afternoon we all made our way to Reynoldsburg to have a Pizza Party for Ken with all of the grandkids at Erin and Chance's new home. We do have a video made and lots of pictures. Erin made a delicious coconut creme cake and with ice cream, big bubbles and wands to play with and homemade "child created" pizza life does not get better. Happy Birthday Ken.
Today I began my review from my classes back in the 1980's with Dr. Lapitsky's fiber research books and Ann Johnston's three fiber reactive dye instruction books. It is that time of year and now I want to review the lesson plan before I just jump into this next production. Color by Accident is a low water immersion technique and if I remember correctly it is the one style where I can draw fine line images and design elements to later add brilliant colors. Ann will be teaching once again at QSDS Surface Design Symposium this summer so I am hopeful I will be able to get over and see her again. She is a wonderful teacher with an adventuresome spirit in fabric design and play. I have two other of her books but this one is kind of like a recipe cookbook for fabric lovers. Well It is time to study now. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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