Monday, 23 July 2007

No Work Today

A day off. The course went well and we had some lovely people on it. We went to Yvonne's exhibition, which received a rousing thumbs up, and then for a meal on Saturday evening, which was good. I forgot to take the camera so haven't got any work to show you but they've promised to send me photos of the finished pieces. We had great fun printing on the heavy version of Lutradur for backgrounds (stitches like a dream) and then ironing transfer prints on to more Lutradur and using a soldering iron to burn out motifs. These were applied to the backgrounds.

I am not working today as it is my birthday. A very nasty big one. Clive had a romantic notion of a surprise trip to Paris but when he looked in the diary there was no time! So we went to Pizza Hut and then to see Shrek3 with two daughters and five grandchildren. It was lovely and, I think, just as much fun. The kids are always good entertainment value!

Tonight we're off to our favourite restaurant, so no time to write more. More stitchy bits tomorrow.

14 comments:

fiona d said...

Happy Birthday, Maggie, glad you're getting a day off, and have a lovely time tonight

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Stitching with Schnauzer and Siamese said...

Happy Birthday, Maggie. Have a great time tonight, and enjoy your evening.
Best wishes
Maggie

Wendy said...

Happy birthday, I hope you are not in a waterlogged area and have a great evening.

Carol said...

Happy (big) birthday Maggie, hope you had a lovely time.

Doreen G said...

Happy Birthday Maggie --I think there's nothing better than spending birthdays(especially big ones)with family.
Doreen in Canberra

Jacquelines blog said...

Happy Birthday Maggie, I hope you and you're family had a good time. It's a pity about Paris...but can't have it all.

Julie said...

Happy birthday, Maggie! I hope you've had a great day despite it being a nasty big one! It's my turn on Friday (half way between 2 big ones)so I know how it feels. Forget the number - just enjoy the celebration. Glad you could enjoy being with your family.

Anna Nowicki said...

Happy BIrthday Maggie - sounds like you had a great day

katelnorth said...

Happy big nasty birthday with a 0!
Hope it was lovely. Oh, and love the idea of printing on lutradur and burning away motifs. Another thing on the "to try" list.

Sue said...

Warmest best wishes for a wonderful big one - whichever it was, you don't look it...

Dorothy said...

Hi Maggie,
Belated Happy Birthday. I bet you are still younger than me if that is any consolation! grin
Sounds like you had a good day anyway.

Dorothy

downunderdale said...

Happy Birthday Maggie - many many more to come - Paris next year?
Dale

Cyber Fyber said...

Hi!
I've searched. I don't know of a way to email you privately. Thus, I'm selecting this post on which to comment with what would otherwise have been in a message. Please delete this, as it obviously has nothing to do with your entry!

Dear Maggie,

My name is Susan Lenz. You don't know me (I read your blog regularly but rarely comment); but, like most embroiderers, I know you, your blog, your talent, your energy, and your books. I have a blog. In fact, I started writing on a blog long before I knew what blogging was really all about. Slowly, I started finding and reading other fiber arts blogs. Eventually, I joined some of the blogrings.

Earlier in the year there were many blogs discussing New Year's resolutions; and although I don't generally set such goals, the various posts made me reflect on the past year. Without a doubt, joining the fiber blogrings and establishing communication with other like-minded artists were the most influential things to happen to my life and my art. I had a hair brained idea to share my new, supportive global community by using the two free weeks at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios to which I'm entitled by my studio rental agreement.

Anyway, the more I thought about it, the more I knew I wanted to take on this project for 2008. Shortly, I had a name, CYBER FYBER; and a date, January 8 - 20, 2009; and started building a series of interconnected blogs that function like a website. The exhibition will have three main parts: 1) traded fiber postcards, 2) traded fiber ATCs, and 3) an invitational section with works by artists whose work has influenced mine and shows a specific aspect/benefit to using the Internet/blogging as a tool for creativity.

Of course, this plan is a bit scary in several ways. First, I'd need lots of fiber postcards and fiber ATCs. Second, would anyone even be interested? Third, would the invited artists respond positively? The list goes on and on.

Throwing caution to the wind, I forged ahead with CYBER FYBER. Since about January 5, I've been hard at work....making, photographing, uploading 163 fiber postcards and 130 fiber ATCs and planning this exhibition...which I will "formally" announce next Saturday.

Why wait until Saturday? Because for the past week of so, I've been writing an email a night to one of the invited artists, my "Wish List". You are on it. I would be so completely honored (stunned and/or utterly floored), if you would accept this invitation to exhibit two or so works, your choice. Ideally, the choice should reflect how you, personally, create work for possible publication...an ever so important role in sharing ideas and communicating with other fiber artists.

I wish I could promise that the exhibition will be fully insured. I wish I could promise return postage paid by the exhibition. I will, of course, be applying for grants and corporate sponsors...but, I really need a few commitments from artists in order to do this...risk takers...you know...people who might trust that I'll take every precaution, safe guard all the art, handle everything with respect and utmost care, and return the pieces in the same condition in which they were received. So, please, look at the site (a series of connected blogs) and let me know your worries, concerns, questions, and any hesitations. You are part of the Invitational Art section.

I could write more, but I think it best to share my contact information tell you how to access CYBER FYBER since a link isn't really possible in a comment box. Please let me know what you think.
Susan Lenz
2123 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29201
USA
(803) 254-0842 Mouse House, Inc. (Established 1987)
(803) 254-0923 Home
(803) 606-9804 Cell
mouse_house@prodigy.net
http://artbysusanlenz.blogspot.com
www.gallery80808vistastudios.com
and
CYBER FYBER is located at http://cyberfyberexhibition.blogspot.com