I started writing this post waiting in the Phoenix airport to board my flight after a wonderful weekend teaching at the Creative Quest in Glendale! I’ve been very busy since I got home from CHA in Vegas preparing for my upcoming workshops and shows. This weekend I taught my NEW Collage Unleashed workshop. I arrived Friday afternoon to bright and sunny AZ where it was mid 70’s…beautiful but by Sunday, I had brought the rain with me from California. Overall, I it was beautiful compared to the crazy hot Arizona SUMMER weather. Friday kicked off the artful weekend with a wine, cheese and a doodling demo. I taught my two-day mixed-media workshop where the ladies learned many painting and collage techniques and created funky beaded macrame journals.
This was my first trip to Glendale, a historic artsy gem about 20-30 minutes from PHX. The Creative Quest is a very cool artsy paper/stamp store in Glendale. If you come to Phoenix, this store is a must-see! They have huge racks of parent sheets of handmade paper from all over the world! It's right next door to the Touch of European Cafe, a Polish deli/restaurant where the owner, Waldomar makes homemade smoked kielbasa and sauerkraut, walking distance from The Bead Museum and in between a bunch of resale and antique stores. Oh, and there's a chocolate factory, which I will have to visit on my next trip! One evening, we went to dinner at Zang Asian Bistro, which had a sampling of cuisine from South East Asia. I met the owner, David, he had some really interesting stories and businesses. He told me about his latest venture in Hong Kong, where he takes the rubble from destroyed building and recycles it and uses it to build replica Chinese furniture and exports it. Interesting to see how people don’t waste anything, recycle the old and create NEW art! Also, he’s opening up a new Asian Tapas Bar where the restaurant will be built around an open family style kitchen; serve customers whatever they are cooking for the day without a set menu. I might have the opportunity to design some lampshade covers for his new restaurant. (If I ever have any time!) I even had my official first New Mexican dinner at Arriba, didn’t even know it existed! LOL. If you know me, food has to always be part of my trip!! Found a great fresh bagel place and had homemade cornbread with my beef tenderloin kabob entrée for dinner last night with a glass of Sanford "Rinconada" (Santa Barbara) Pinot Noir at Phoenix City Grille. YUMMY!
...A huge thanks Michelle Hawkins, Kathie Shepard and Judy Ross, the creative fair maidens & owners of The Creative Quest. A special thanks to Michelle, Joel and Pepper(her adorable mini Schnauzer) for hosting me at their beautiful home! I had a great time creating art with Michelle on her kitchen island! :) Oh, and Joel is the author of The Postage Meter Stamp Catalog, a 1240-page resource about meter stamps. It's amazing to see all of these little works of art.
My class was awesome, I had a wonderful group of talented ladies who created beautiful journals. Also, in my class, Marissa Vidrio, a talented fiber artist and elementary art teacher, who makes 3D sculptures from mixed media and dyed gut. Yes, I said GUT, the outside sausage encasing. It’s actually a really interesting material and when it is damp it can be molded in to shape, it adheres right to the substrate. It also can be dyed with procion dyes and sewn.
What an artful weekend! I finally got home at 1am this morning after a decent flight that I slept through, totally exhausted! Grabbed my luggage, called my shuttle and picked up my car. OH btw, I found a resource for airport parking, it's a great service. …glad to be home! Now off to prepare for Artfest in Port Townsend!