The Big Bang...the creation and resulting origin of a universe. When so much of life is about routine, habit and expectation it is valuable to stop and recognise when life hands us a diversion that is in its essence a BIG BANG. What happens when we throw caution to the wind and start tabula rosa to imagine, experience and feel with new energy? How do we find the path to new ways of thinking and being? One way is to work with these guys...
The scale of drama is enhanced when we surround ourselves with visionary people that open doors in our minds that we have closed with regularity. This weekend Material Obsession was a thrilling place to be. We opened the door of the shop, our minds and our quilting experience to a new space for more creativity. It was a time for close inspection!
Thank you to St Aloysious College for hosting the event. What greater place for color study and learning than a school so dedicated to enriching the lives of young men. It was heartwarming for me personally when after 14 years of February gatherings in this room as a parent of the school I could be present once again as the year starts for the first time without one of my sons!
It was a treat to enjoy the space and to experience learning in such a glorious location. Kaffe and Brandon selected a few quilts in the shop to discuss at the lecture. This one is Carolyn's and it features color on grey which was a bit of a theme this weekend.
Post lecture we gathered on the rooftop for a shopping frenzy and autograph signing session.
As is typical after a long dry month...umbrellas were handy in the misty weather. However, how fitting is it to look at Allison here in her subdued colors resembling one of the soft palette colors in the Kaffe Fassett Collection.
Of course, all soft collections can stand a bit of strong color. Brandon never ceases to amaze me with his tireless sense of humor and gentle nature. He has a keen eye and an intuitive sense of the world around him. Always fun to be around.
I have to make a commercial interuption to introduce Tom Morrison, an Aloys boy moving into the culinary arts. He brought his paella dish and my Noah and Jock to help serve the food and Sangria!
And of course the team stopped for a second to admire the views and enjoy each other's company. I am so happy when I am with the women of Material Obsession.
Can't hoot with the owls if you want to soar with the eagles the next day so we packed up and headed home for a rest. In the morning the room had a stillness of anticipation as everyone took their spot on the wall. Kaffe and Brandon set the scene.
One of our favourite themes is how we dress to match our work. In this case we were learning about pattern and solids and what they do to each other.
And then, the fun began. Everyone got busy.
Kaffe steps aside so as not to interfer with the initial set up of the quilts. This is a finely tuned exercise. How in the world would anyone start this project if he hovered over the tables watching every move. It gives the workshop space and a sense of beginning to quietly assess, process and consider where to start.
Lucky for me he had spotted my tapestry and was busy doing a corner while he waited for the color explosion that was happening on the walls!!!!!!!!
The final wrap is an experience not to be missed.. Firstly, to have 30 samples to examine boggles the mind with possibilities. I found that shortly into the review I was simply weeping. It was such an emotional experience to see such beautiful quilts coming together and particularly because I knowing our quilters, their fears, their courage, their personal challenges and their willingness to experiment and grow...all the emotion just broke me down and I found tears streaming down my face. No surprise as I am a huge cry baby but it was very meaningful.
The diversity was amazing and I think we all walked away excited by our eyes and minds and ears...a full round of sensual stimulation.
Throughout the day Megan was doing cutting and sewing demonstrations for this quilt. We made a handy little template so that cutting is accurate which is essential when doing a quilt with so many pieces. The point was to make the process simple so the mind was free to take in the excitement of the experience with no worries.
Doing a workshop with Brandon and Kaffe is a serious event. It causes us to bear our souls a bit and that is scary. The mere thought conjures images of near nakedness before a crowd. However, I'd argue that we need to allow our inner workings to be exposed, examined and critiqued on a regular basis in order to grow and stay fresh. Suffice to say this past weekend was a mind blowing BIG BANG for all of us.
Thank you to Kaffe and Brandon for being so special, insightful, generous and interesting. Congratulations to all the people that participated both in the lecture and the workshop. You were FABULOUS!!!!! I loved each and every project, person, moment.... AND...big thanks to Cath and Megan who told me to get lost so they could organise the event in peace. Thanks to Carolyn for endless cutting and fabric picking...Bundle for instruction sheets...Wendy, Robyn and Gai for helping on the day and to John for managing all of us and actually getting the job done. Lots of people added energy to the event and the result was just fun! We are hoping to be able to display the finished projects soon!!! So GET BUSY!!!! and enjoy