Remember summer camp, or your particular equivalent? That week you spent, possibly away from your loved ones, where the days just sort of melted away and you enjoyed yourself beyond measure, met and made new friends, and relished your time, knowing that at some point your time there would inevitably draw to a close, even as you began your mid-point countdown?
That, my friends, is exactly how it felt at Standard Projects this past week. 🙂
You’ve probably surmised this already if you’ve been reading my blog posts from my adventures here. I tend to hyperbolize, but I can’t help it! When I’m enthusiastic about something, I want the whole world to know. 🙂
Friday was my my “cleaning up loose ends” day. I had brought so much with me to work on, and had sort of spread my projects around to every corner of the building (upstairs AND downstairs). I packed my car so that I wouldn’t have to do it on Saturday morning. And after that was done, I allowed myself to finish one deconstructed collage and create another for another example for the Deconstructed Collage workshop to be held on Saturday morning.
In the meantime, Claire was busy creating a gorgeous leather cord for the tiny weaving pendant that I had created on Thursday! Didn’t it turn out beautifully? I just love it. 😀
Friday night was a lot of fun! There were two gallery show openings – one for the Create! show at Jack Richeson, and the other for our friend Sara Willadsen at The Draw (both are in the Appleton area, which is conveniently only about 15 miles from Hortonville). I went to the Create! show first, because I have two pieces in the show, including this etching that I did a couple weeks ago. I was very happy to have it included!
While I was there, I sensed that someone was behind me – and a little too close, too, as I could hear them breathing. I turned around to see who the weirdo was, and VOILA!! There was my wonderful husband Brian!! He’d surprised me!! It was so great to see him. We’re not apart very often and I missed him! 😀 It was an absolutely delightful surprise. So we caravaned to The Draw next. Sara’s show is fantastic! I’m a big fan of her work and actually own one of her earlier works. 😀 (FYI: The Create! show is up until October 1, and Sara’s show at The Draw is up until September 25.) Brian and I had a lovely dinner together, and I wisely went right to bed when I got back so that I could mentally prepare for Saturday’s workshop.
And what a spectacular workshop it was!! We had four wonderful people attend, and it was just the perfect way to cap off the week. Here are some photos from the class – and check out the GORGEOUS collages created!! I love how everyone’s is totally different. And who doesn’t love a messy collage table? It was just fantastic. 🙂 I want to give a MAJOR shout-out to Kate Mothes of YoungSpace, who organized this workshop for the end of the residency. She’s so great about creating events!! Thank you so much, Kate! 😀
After the class, I gathered the last of my things, said good-bye to all of the wonderful folks who are making Claire’s place home, either permanently or for a few weeks, and spent my drive home reflecting on the week and how great it was. I’ve never felt so creative, and I really want this feeling to last. A lot of it had to do with the vibe of Standard Projects, which is one of openness, freedom, creativity, and collaboration – and most of all, support. Claire is also extremely generous! She made dinner for us, and breakfast, almost daily, with fresh veggies and herbs from her garden. DELISH.
If anyone is reading this is currently on the residency circuit, or is thinking about where to go for their next residency – this is it. I think you’ll find it to be a charming, friendly, creative, wonderful space, and so dang clever. I had the best time, and I just might make this a yearly mecca!! Thank you SO much, Claire!! 😀