Tonight I have the amazing trades I received from my housemates. First up from Lelainia Lloyd. An ingenious little necklace to hold moo cards. Very sweet! I love the colors and design. Lelainia is the organizer of our house, bringing us all together.
Next from Kristen Robinson. I hadn't met Kristen before and now I feel like I've known her forever. How could I have not known her before now??? She presented us all with a cozy pillow in some of my favorite colors, chocolate and blue. The fabric feels like your favorite pillowcase, it's been washed a million times it's soft soft soft against my skin.
The next little treat is from Penelope Harris. She stayed in the house last year but chose the dorms this year. I was so happy she was able to come over in the evenings and thrilled that she participated in the house trade! It was great to be able to see her again. She's incredibly productive and I love this sweet little book.
The fourth amazing piece was from Sharon Dibble. Sharon is new to the house this year and I'm so grateful she joined us! Her necklace is beautifully etched copper, patina'd and strung with beads on a steel wire. I enjoyed visiting with her each night after dinner and hope we can get together to make some art since she lives nearby.
Up next is a cd from Tara Finlay. Tara's original art is on the label and the music is wonderful. All of it new to me and some I'm going to need to explore more deeply. I just love the characters Tara draws. She too is highly productive. She'd just finished up preparing for an art show before heading to Artfest.
Finally, from Jonna Barnett. I met Jonna the very first night of my very first Artfest and we've stayed in touch since. It's been wonderful to watch her art evolve. I'm thrilled that she likes crows and ravens as much as I do. She's been my roommate these last two years and hopefully we'll be able to make it a third next year.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to share this years Artfest with these amazingly generous and kind hearted women.
I enjoyed the general trading this year so much. It's fun to see what people choose to create. This first one I received after sharing some silver wire with a classmate. The image in the center is the Schoolhouse building from Fort Worden, where we were taking class.
More trades. The ATC's.
Here we have a mix of original little paintings, Jonna's mushroom postcard and the sweetest little book of her handmade papers, magnet, an intricately decorated pencil, pins, and some mystery packets that I haven't wanted to open yet.
Here's a few more I was especially smitten with.
The first by Penelope Harris again.
I love the sweet little hedgehog!
I'd planned to include instructions for this little game in the zine I'd made but ran out of room. I was so excited to get one with a candy necklace no less.
One more trade pic. This one is a print of an original piece. Again, I missed the artists name. Then there are inchies and mondo inchies by Penelope again. I told you she was productive.
Toast, tea, and birds are three of my all time favorite things in the world.
Tomorrow I'll post photos of my purchases, the Journal Party and Show and Tell.
For now, have a restful night.