Road trip to Virginia and Philadelphia

I drove down to Kensington, Maryland on June 8th to give a lecture and demonstration in Virginia the next day. Diana Guenther was generous enough to be my host for a few days, though we had never met before. She kindly gave me a tour of Dragonfly Fibers and the Yarn Spot. I enjoyed both stores and their respective owners were wonderful.

Dragonfly Fibers

At the window of the studio
At the window of the studio

We had a larger audience than I expected at the lecture, despite last-minute planning. A big thank you to Linda Hurt, who teaches rigid heddle loom weaving at the Art League, for making this happen. My presentation was well received. People were inspired by the clothing, a loom, and philosophy, as well as the story of the origin of SAORI.

On Wednesday, I went to Ready to Hand Studio in Philadelphia. Leslie Sudock, the owner of the studio, told me about teaching art to homeless people and youth in the community, including SAORI, print-making, and jewelry. The studio was beautiful with Japanese style sliding doors and a high ceiling. The basement space was under the construction but by now it must be ready to be used. She is a great fiber artist and a teacher. I was grateful to her studio and her students there.

Ready to Hand studio

I visited the Liberty Bell to learn about a piece of important American History. It was interesting and inspiring.

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