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September 6, 2010

Huyck Retreat

I returned last night from upstate New York.  It was a most astounding adventure.  My friend Diane and I slept in an old horse stall.  
But we still heard the barred owl hoot hoot hootoo at night and listen to the rustles of the night movers.  During the day we heard lectures by mycologists, the songs of birds, the lapping of the pond waters and the laughter of felting friends. 
Though we ate, hiked, felted and laughed together, we each interpreted the shared experience of Huyck's nature differently. 
We shared and talked and listened and supported each others explorations in felt.  
It was the most wonderful experience I've had with felting friends.
  
I will not  ever be able to write about the exchange that happened, I can show you a bit of the work.

I was inspired by the mushrooms.  We did mushroom dyeing and mushroom picking and I felted mushroom pictures. 
This is laid out and ready to felt.  I made small pieces but there are also banners and pods.  At the end of the week there was a small exhibit. 
And felting workshops.
But all good things come to an end and we had to say goodbye. 
Diane Christian, me, Sharon Costello, Kris Sandoy, Linda VanAlstyne, Carol Ingram, Lynn Ocone, Sharon Janda, Renate Maile-Moskowitz and Marianne DuBois. 
Until we meet again....

16 comments:

K. Crane: Big Fat Art Cloth said...

Now that looks like it was an awesome time. I'm jealous!

Suzanna said...

What a happy looking bunch of people!

Tammie said...

it sounds and looks as though you had a wonderful time! Gosh, those felt pieces are simply put; grand art!

KB Design said...

Wunderschöne Pilz-Bilder.
LG, Brigitte

Jackie said...

What a perfect week. All my favourite things.

jude said...

Glad to have come across your blog - what a wonderfully inspiring weekend!

Jude

T said...

what a weekend joei, and such beautiful dyed, stitched, and felted art. would loved to have been there.

xt

Jasmine said...

This all looks amazing. I don't think we have anything like this in England, with the exception of Woolfest. I will have to hunt these events out and try to make some of them. They look so inspiring.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Thanks so much everyone. It was a glorious experience and my work in felt will be forever changed.

karen said...

It looks like you all had the most amazing time and that scenery is stunning. How lovely to work at a table with such a beautiful view.

softearthart said...

Hi Beautiful toadstool felt works, cheers from New Zealand Marie

Pam de Groot said...

There is nothing like a weekend or even better a week to immerse your self in what is your passion. These works look truly amazing.

Cris Winters said...

I found your blog while looking for the Huyck Preserve website. I am here at the Preserve as one of this season's Com.En.Art artists, and I heard about your wonderful workshop. Wish I could have seen the show! In any case, the photos on your blog give me inspiration, as I spend the next few days deciding what I want to accomplish this week for piece I will leave here. And now I know about the rest of your work too - wonderful!

I am going to start blogging today about my experience here. In case you want to see: http://crisniche.blogspot.com

Cheers!

Sara Lechner said...

oh, how I would have liked to be there! all look so nice and have so much fun!

iNdi@na said...

nice to spot a few familiar faces in that photo

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

A wonderful experience, so great to work together in a group bouncing off each other