Monday, August 24, 2009

Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival

Imagine a fibre arts feast and you are close to imagining the richness and energy of the Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival. Now in its 10th year, this summer festival attracts weavers and knitters, woodworkers and hookers, quilters and other fibre artists from all over BC. The classes offered over four days have something for everyone, the merchant mall has goods from yarns to buttons to sculpture materials to fabrics, and the gallery exhibit displays some of the finest examples of work in each category. I love going to this particular venue - so full of colour and
creativity. This year I taught my African Collage

class to a very talented group of students hailing from as far away as Prince George (more pictures soon on the wall-hangings they created in class), as well as having a booth in the Merchants' Mall, ably managed by my friend, Joan Darling. Over the course of five days, we met many old friends, and took the opportunity to tell many new friends about our work in Uganda, as well as introducing them to some of the specialty fabrics and designs we market.
On Sunday we headed home again to Vancouver Island, having enjoyed every minute we spent on the Sunshine Coast. We didn't even mind missing our ferry in Powell River too much. Took the opportunity to drive up to Lund and sit in the late summer sun where we watched sailboats and motor boats and kayakers coming and going from the porch of the Historic Lund Hotel. A lovely end to a lovely summer, methinks.

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