Quilling Event Success!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had at my first official event. The July 18th Art Walk in Shelburne Falls Massachusetts. I know most of you probably already know the details but I was asked to show my process of quilling during the Art Walk that was put on by Shelburne Falls. I camped out at my favorite little shop around the corner, Mormor, which also happens to be where my art is being displayed and where it is currently for purchase.
I saw a lot of people I knew, a few friends and family members who dropped in to offer their support and most amazingly, people who had traveled just to see me quill. Who would have thought that this art I began not so long ago would actually interest people from across the street all the way to out of state, and those people traveled to see ME!?!?!? I was so touched and I was honestly glad just to be able to share the wonderful art of quilling that I have grown to love so much. At the end of the night I was able to leave plenty of stock with Carrie the wonderful shop owner.
So here is where it got a little bit dicey for me… after the event I knew I had some important things coming up that I needed to pay as much attention to during my quilling hours as possible. If you don’t know by now I am a huge fan of Little Circles quilling and I am pretty much a self-appointed spokes person for the amazing paper and supplies I receive from Erin Perkins Curet the owner of Little Circles. Well, if you all remember last year I took place in the first contest that Little Circles put together. I did not win but I had such an amazing time and I got so much positive feedback about my quilling it only made me work harder. You can see my entry on the right.
So guess what? September 1st my contest entry is due. I have been plotting and planning my design and I couldn’t wait to pound it out. So lets swing back around for those of you who don’t know me… when I go in I go ALL IN. So immediately after the art walk I put aside the beautiful piece of art by Colleen Wilcox and I began working on my contest entry. Erin went all out and actually got Yulia Brodskaya to be on the judging panel this year. I am so flipping excited that I don’t care what I make I am just glad that Yulia will actually look at my work.
On top of all that amazingness, I am participating in the Little Circles Quillalong. This is an event that only comes around a few times a year. Erin Curet of Little Circles actually creates a project for everyone to do together over the course of about 4 weeks. She actually creates a quilled project and then painstakingly creates video and written tutorials for everyone to follow. On top of that she does it for FREE! We all get to better our skills and she just wants to bring awareness to quilling and her immense love of the art itself. If you’re not a part of it but you would like to be please message me and I will invite you to the group. Due to some circumstances I am helping to moderate the group right now as Erin is working hard on creating these amazing tutorials for all of us to use freely. I am obviously team Erin, but this woman is single handedly going to put quilling back on the map and I am so excited to be along for the ride.
So my actual quilling has slowed dramatically as I figure out the logistics of my super secret contest entry, moderating the quillalong group and of course participate in the quillalong. I will be sharing some pictures soon and of course I will share my entry once I have completed it. Then once the entire quilling hubbub is over I will get back to quilling the flamingos originally by Colleen Wilcox.
I also took the time recently to prep some canvases to be quilled on. I love when I can involve the family and turn it into a family painting night. I got 4 different canvases prepped to be quilled on at some point in the future, and more importantly I got to have fun with my kids in the process.
I hope you all can sit tight as I participate in all of these amazing opportunities and continue to create beautiful quilled art. If you are looking to purchase something you have seen please let me know and if you’re looking for the inventory I left with Carrie Keefe of Mormor in Shelburne Falls I hope you will check out her site and while you’re there have a peak around and check out all of the other amazing artisans in my area.
Now, go get your roll on!