It’s been a while since my last post. I know I shouldn’t make excuses (a blogging ‘no-no’, I’ve read !), but I’m going to anyway, LOL! After many agonizing hours of uploading photos and captions to WordPress, and waiting for my 7 year laptop to go through its very slow paces, I decided that enough is enough. It was time to buy a new laptop, and take out my wallet-or more accurately to pull out my Visa card !-and go shopping. Although I understand computer basics, and can figure out how to run most programs, the technical details are still Greek to me. All I knew is that I wanted more memory, a faster processor, and a dedicated graphics card so photos and other visuals would load faster and I could store lots of them. After a few days of dusk to dawn on-line research and comparison shopping, I finally decided on a Toshiba Tecra A-10. My last 2 laptops were also Toshibas, and I got a lot of mileage out of them, so why switch brands? My toy arrived on Monday, so I’ve been moving my files and photos from my old workhorse. Aren’t flash drives wonderful? It never ceases to amaze me how much data fits into something the size of a keychain !
That was Excuse #1 of ‘why I have not posted’. Excuse #2: This past weekend, I attended Klay Karma 2009, a 3-day retreat of about 60 fellow polymer clay artists. We clayed from sunup to sundown (and far beyond!), socialized, viewed demonstrations, ate at lot, and slept very little. It was awesome! Here’s a shot of our workroom in all its chaotic glory:
Looks like fun, doesn’t it ? Since I had attended Klay Karma in 2005 and 2007, I got to see a lot of old friends and make new ones.
I presented a demonstration of my plaid cane to an appreciative and patient audience. I had prepared quite extensively the week prior to the retreat, so people wouldn’t have to waste time watching me condition clay. Thanks to years of watching Donna Kato and other polymer clay artists on the Carol Duvall Show, I have learned what to make ahead of time and what to demonstrate in person. When I would forget a step or have ’senior moment’ while I was assembling the cane parts, my pals would chime in and keep me on track. My dear friend and fellow RIPCG guildmate Toine was kind enough to snap many photos during the demonstration, and actually managed to get some decent shots of me ! I hate being photographed, but one must make sacrifices for ones art ! I’m the lady in the yellow shirt in dire need of a visit to the hairdresser.
All in all, the demo went very well, and quite a few folks decided to make their own plaid canes afterwards. I enjoyed seeing the different color schemes and individual interpretations of the plaid pattern.
Of course, I also attended many demos covering a wide variety of techniques and materials which I plan to incorporate into my own work. There is just so much talent out there ! Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos since I was too busy claying and watching others work, but I believe there will be photos posted by Klay Karma organizers and attendees, so I will pass along the links when I find them.
Anyway, now that I’m home, and have had some time to recover from my busy weekend, I will be once again sitting down with my clay and hopefully coming up with a interesting new cane tutorial in the next few days. Now that I have a faster computer, uploading my photos and captions won’t be such torture !