One of the workshop attendees brought along an electric needle felting machine that she bought at Jefferson's. Hmmm, yet another reason to pay a visit to this place.
Next Wednesday morning from 10:30-12:30 we'll be Weaving Without a Loom ($5/person - all materials provided):
A few folks came by and added some weaving to our community banner with the theme of "The Gifts of Community".. I've been asking people to write down what they like about PoCo and we've included their comments in the banner
I came across a Salish weaving in the little heritage museum in the building where I'm working. Although there were labels explaining most of the exhibits, there didn't seem to be any information about this weaving, and there was no one there to ask.
I also spent time getting ready for Saturday's Living Room Art in the Heights event. I prepared a loom for the community weaving, and tried out the "direct warping" method that I wanted to use for Saturday's rigid heddle weaving workshop (yes, I did book two functions for one day).
I added to my CD weaving project. I hope to eventually have enough to make a huge curtain, but I'll need hundreds of them. I don't think I want to make them all myself, so I plan to have people "help" at community events. Saturday's event will be my first test run.
I continue to be impressed with how productive I am when I'm working at Leigh Square. Each day, I've been able to complete all the tasks that I had planned. During these first two weeks, I've mainly spent my time preparing for the events I had booked for the 15th. Next week, I'll be able to start on some of my own projects. I'm looking forward to that.
On a sad note, when I arrived at Leigh Square on Wednesday morning, I discovered that the neighbourhood cafe across the street had burned down. I mean - completely.
I had lunch there the week before. They baked their own bread and made their own soups. The sandwich I had was very tasty, and I was looking forward to eating there more during my residency. I've since learned that the owners were very community minded, and the father was involved with the art centre. Apparently his artwork is hanging "above the fireplace". I'm going to have to seek out this fireplace. I also want to find a way to remember the cafe in our community weaving. I'm not sure how I will do this, but I'm hoping something will present itself over the next few weeks.