Hello, my little Memphis Barbecue Briskets!
You may or may not have noticed that my postings have dropped off – I swear I haven’t been abducted by aliens. Okay, I might have been abducted by aliens, I do have strange burns and a compulsion to consume coffee grounds. Okay I’m lying. I really wasn’t abducted by aliens, I was in Olive Branch, Mississippi on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee at Art-is-You.
What I WAS, however, was traveling, hugging, eating, crying, and meeting so many more of my soulmates than I ever dreamed existed. I met the future version of The Manflesh and the future version of myself (not married to each other!). I saw these weird-ass birds:
So bizarre that they kept me fascinated for at least the first hour of my arrival at the hotel. Part of that was likely fear, but WHATEVER.
I took some A. MAZ. ING. workshops.
I chose the Memphis retreat just so that I could meet Sunny Carvalho. We have been talking on Facebook for quite a while now, and I just KNEW that she was one of my people. She is totally one of my people – just makes my heart happy. In her “Little Kids of Dollandia” I made these sweeties:
One went home with Sunny and another with the lovely Karen Leigh, who was my partner in crime and wine for the week. I abandoned the last one on a bench which was coincidentally picked up by the lovely lady who sat next to me in the class.
I took The Spinner, a ring-making class with Richard Salley, a sweet man that reminded me so much of my dad that I just wanted to ask him to start a band with me (I refrained.. barely). I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was doing, but, with the help of Richard and my ever-patient neighbor, I managed to turn strips of metal into three lovely rings!
I have been wanting to take an in-person class from Michael DeMeng for years, and I finally got to make that happen. He is awesome and generous and just an all-around likable guy. I don’t have a finished project from that class but will finish someday. As soon as I catch up. HAHAHAHAHAH.
Kecia Deveney taught the final class of the week, and she is one of my new all-around favorite people. She taught us how to make dolls like this one (also not completely finished, but I am kind of enamored of him the way he stands now):
Between the things I learned from Kecia and the things I learned from Sunny, my head is all awhirl with plotting and planning for awesome new dolls, so stay tuned for that!
On the final morning before I forced myself to actually leave and make the 15-hour drive back to New York, I abandoned these tiny girls (they’re all about 3 inches tall), some straight from my hands into other people’s pockets! lol!
LISTEN TO ME LINDA.
If you have a chance to go to one of these retreats (and there are several throughout the year!), do it. Make it happen. Save your Starbucks money. Buy cheap underwear. Do whatever you have to do. I promise you will NOT regret it!
… now I just have to figure out a way to make it to Stamford.