I was curious about the origin of the name
of our cabin and this is what I found on Wikipedia.
Apparently we have some Egyptian goddess action
going on here, which is fitting for the lovely goddesses
who graced our cabin on this retreat.
Arrows and water, and we say plenty of
water, all around us and from the sky.
And arrows pointing out class rooms all
over the trees. So fitting that we stayed in
Satis. However, Laura found this wild journal
entry in the cabin journal about dangling eyeballs,
clucking and alien eating tubes in houses of crabmeat,
don’t even go there…
Thursday’s class for me was
Drawn to Embroider with Rebecca
Ringquist. Boy did we draw, and
draw and draw. Blind contour drawings
of the nature around us (drawing the edges
of things with out looking at the paper, loosely
translated). We did fast one minute drawings,
even faster 15 second drawings and
non-handed drawings and feet drawings.
My cabin mate Faye was with me in class
and we got to giggling with the feet drawing
because we couldn’t hold the pens in our toes
very well. Most of the drawings looked like
scribbles but were fun to do and woke our bodies
up while letting our minds wander.
These were great exercises to begin.
We then picked out favorite and with fast
running stitches, translated to the muslin
in 35 minutes. Then again. It was hard work
but strangely satisfying because you really couldn’t
let your critical mind(or lizard brain- cabin mates!!!)
get in the way of the meditative work of stitch after
I felt so energized in this class and Rebecca worked
hard at making us move to a level where we could see
accomplishment in a short span of time. She is bubbly
and such a fantastic artist. She shared many samples
of her textile embroidery constructions, WOW, we
were all blown away by her talent. I would love to
be in one of her classes at the Art Institute of Chicago,
a whole semester with her would be grand!
Candace loved the embroidery, she was quite the little stitcher…
She worked so hard she had to take a little nap on the bag of floss.
She perked right up when Rebecca wanted to take a pic with her.
What a blissful smile she has….more tomorrow…