This past week I had the pleasure of participating in an art residency at the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort on the Washington coast.
I was able to teach a quilling class, while also taking the time to make paper art.
I had never done an art residency before and this location was perfect for a first time attendant. I purposely asked to go in the fall because I have visited the coast multiple times with the family & really needed to spend the time making art & not be tempted to explore the area.
On my first day of arrival I was met with a monster of a storm. I took some video footage of the angry ocean and spent most of my time trying to stay warm.
In the middle of the week, I taught a quilling class to locals. I started by introducing them to the Arab world & explained how quilling as an art form started in ancient Egypt before moving to it’s height of popularity during the Italian Renaissance.
I showed examples of past works that have survived & talked about which pieces were the most popular when the craft came to North America. Then we had a great time making flower boxes, ornaments and jewelry.
Once the class was over, the sun finally came out & I was able to spend a little bit of time outdoor getting some exercise on the local bike trails. Of course, I still spent most of my day creating new art.
I even made some new ornaments & rings to leave in the lobby store display case.
I can’t wait to do this whole experience again.
Not only did I enjoy the fun of teaching quilling to a new audience, but I also enjoyed the time alone, away from family obligations, to create new work.