Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Three Leg Tour

It all depends on how you look at it. Maybe it's 2 or 4 or 5 legs!
But, May 6th Nigel and I depart for Venice, Italy, Stockholm (yes, Sweden!) and from there, take an airplane to Bergen Norway to catch a ferry to Iceland via the Faeroe Islands.

We will participate in The Voga Longa and teach at the Bibione Symposium south of Venice.
Neither Nigel nor I have been to Italy before and we are especially looking forward to this unique opportunity to paddle in Venice when there will be no motor traffic!
While in Sweden we will be teaching staff from the major sports outlet in Hungary.
And there will be some business meetings with Point 65.

Then, it's on to Iceland!
This portion of our travels is particularly meaningful because Nigel and his friend, Geoff Hunter were the first people to circumnavigate the island in 1977. At that time there were no kayaks in Iceland and now, he has been invited back to teach.We have decided to take the ferry, in part because that is how Nigel made his earlier journeys there with kayaks. This means a bonus visit to the Faeroe Islands, the islands midway between Norway and Iceland, a place I first heard about from my friend Mary Jane Mucklestone. One family vacation in the late 60's, her father flew the four of them in their single engine plane from Seattle to Europe. They made a few stops along the way including one in the Faeroes.
The legs of this trip are quite contrasting yet each one is significant. (I have been preparing by studying Italian and Icelandic and talk about opposites!!)
But I look forward to the impact they will have individually and as a series of experiences.
There most certainly will be some unexpected connections made and some twisted tendrels to untangle back in the studio.
Until June...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April 19th

This April 19th was sunny at times... also hailing, raining and, snowing!

I busied myself indoors, sewing paddle bags and phoning my brothers in California. It was a Sunday after all.
At dusk, things seemed to calm down.

So, I hopped in the Jeep, kayak ready on the roof, and nipped over to the Arboretum to "chill" out on the water.
I saw an eagle, a woodpecker... harlequin ducks and mergansers as well as many ducks and great blue herons. Best of all, 3 beavers!
I think they live here.

Time for Auctions!

Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Assoc., that's my neighborhood in Seattle, will be holding its annual auction on May 3rd.

I am donating for the first time this year to support an organization which does so much to make this neighborhood great place to live.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Now, In living color!

As you might notice, there are 3 now! Number 3 lost an ear and won't be going to Philadelphia!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kri Kri Creatures

The Clay Studio in Philadelphia has invited me to participate in their "Small Favors" show again.

My idea was to bring some of my line drawings off my dishes to "life"

It has been a joy to work at sculpture again,
Even though these pieces are only 3 inches in size!