Finally recovering from a nasty virus, I spent a good few days laying around thinking about all the things I didn’t feel well enough to do. It didn’t take long for my thoughts to turn to my next big adventure, and my steps to turn to my studio.
Easter weekend, a fellow ‘stash junkie’ and I are venturing across western Canada to visit Salt Spring Island off the coast of British Columbia. And why, I hear you ask, are you going there? Oh, but just let me tell you why. We are going to enjoy a weekend workshop with none other than Nick Bantock: http://www.nickbantock.com/ Nick is the super-fabulous author of the Griffin & Sabine series of books, “The Forgetting Room”, “The Venetian’s Wife” and other wonders of collage, mixed media art and storytelling. We are spending a weekend immersing ourselves in the wonders of collage work a la Nick. We had plans to snoop in Nick’s stash while he was out of the room, but alas, we won’t be working in his studio – rats :-D.
What does any of this have to do with laying sick in bed for four days? Only in that it gave me time to begin musing on what to take . . . or not to take . . . or to take . . . or not to take. Yes, I think you get the idea. I was most deeply impressed by Evonne at my recent Book as Art workshop, who has a ‘travelling studio’ in a suitcase. I could do that, I thought to myself. My problem is that it would have to be a very large suitcase to accommodate my voracious stash collecting habits. And so I am trying to focus and take those extra-special little stash items I’ve been hoarding and saving for just the right project. The bulk of my more pedestrian stash must stay at home. Then, I begin to think about tools . . . . I’m sorry Evonne, did you have just one suitcase?