There's nothing like the last minute. Since my last show in August I haven't been doing very much in the studio, as I thought I was done with shows for this year. Plus I've been traveling a lot. I was on the wait list for Atalaya Festival this weekend, but I didn't think I'd get in, so I wasn't pressed. Then last week I learned that I had been accepted! I was out of the country and just got back last Saturday, so I've been like the Tasmanian Devil in my studio trying to build back my low stock of scarves!
The show is held in Huntington Beach State Park, SC, on the beautiful grounds and within the rooms of 'Atalaya Castle', which was a private residence and the winter home of industrialist and philanthropist Archer M. Huntington and his wife, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. It is now a tourist attraction and a great setting for an art show.
Here are some of the pieces I've done in the last few days -
These first two are cobweb felted scarves, created from a blend of variegated merino wool roving and silk fibers. They are paper thin and lacy; soft and drapey. I made a felted flower brooch to go with the top one.
These sheer shawls are nuno felted: merino wool/silk fiber mix felted onto sheer silk gauze. Lots of dangly things on these and the top one has a matching felted flower brooch. I've only just started making the felted brooches... these are my first two... there'll be more to come!
And of course, my usual abstract painted silk scarves ~
Atalaya Festival runs Friday to Sunday, Sept. 25-27. Hours are:
Friday, Noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.