Sunday, July 3, 2005

4 Days of Bliss

Dscn0074_1 Loftus House

This is the house where artists stay and the home of the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts office.  Our gracious host was Dave Malone, poet and scriptwriter who is doing an extended fellowship and who we hope to see at our return in the fall. 

Dscn0544 My dye set-up in Studio One that I shared with Kel, Goddess of Fire and Raku. She gifted me with one of her pots which can be seen sitting in the window ledge.

Dscn0545_1 Kel at work on one of her female figures.  Kel's female forms can be seen here on the far right.


Pam at work on an altered book in Studio Two that she shared with Lauren and Bev.


Lauren crocheting with speaker wire.  She just graduated with a BFA in sculpting and is looking fora studio assistant position.


Bev and Pam at play.

I worked from Design by Accident by Ann Johnston mostly, and Complex Cloth by Jane Dunnewold a little.  Here are some of my dyed fabrics:

Dscn0551_1 sunbathing cottons.


Dscn0603 habotai silk


Friday meal prepared by Pam.

MACA holds a very special place in my heart.  Between the mid-80s and early 90s I spent a total of 6 weeks there on grants from this organization to write.  I'm thrilled that the other members of Mag8, short for The Magnificient 8, relate to the quiet, meditative, calm of the grounds and the environment.  MACA shares the 400 acres with an order of St. Franciscan Friars who are the caretakers of the grounds.  They are some pretty cool guys whose mission is devoted to nature, arts, and social justice.  The MACA is searching for a part-time director and for a hot sec I thought about throwing my hat in the ring, but I know I'm romanticizing what the position would involve based on the mood and surroundings.  I love it there!

More photos of the weekend can be seen here. 


  1. Hey, I'm on typepad now. Love it!! Sounds like an abosolutely, fabulous and creative week-end!! How are you feeling these days?

  2. I wanna come...y'all had too much fun. So glad to see you working and looking like the queen of fiber. Hope all is well with you.

  3. I'm so happy that you enjoyed yourself, K. I love your new fabric stash and was seriously impressed by the giant burrito.
    I was pleased to see the mix of mediums going on at your retreat. I thought that you were all going to be working with fabric, but the mix is GREAT. The rush from a setting like that will last for a long, long time.

  4. That looks like such a good time! And I'm drooling over your silk. Yum! :-)

  5. Yes, the silks look gorgeous! Great pics, too! I can't believe the size of that burrito! I think I would love the place where you guys were. I love the teachings of St. Francis, and I adore serene environments that allow me to indulge my inner contemplative. Please let me know when you'll be out this way; maybe we could hook up in Cleveland.

  6. Wow, the retreat sounds relaxing, inspiring, and just plain wonderful! I'm loving the dyed fabrics!

  7. Wow, the retreat sounds relaxing, inspiring, and just plain wonderful! I'm loving the dyed fabrics!

  8. Wow, the retreat sounds relaxing, inspiring, and just plain wonderful! I'm loving the dyed fabrics!

  9. Hi Karen, I'm learning my way around your blog when I should be doing something else.
    That weekend I learned so much about art, people and myself. It's good to have time without distractions from the world to "just be".