We were just supposed to be getting together for some yummy Thai food, but then...
Last weekend, I had dinner plans with 3 other artists. We get together fairly often to enjoy each others company and to yack about life and art. Three of us are colored pencil artists - myself, Anne deMille Flood (who wrote Realistic Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil) and Denise MacDonald. The fourth member, Francis Buckmaster, is an artist of all mediums. Frances emailed us all a few days prior to our get together, asking if we'd meet 2 hours early for a little adventure. She was quite mysterious about it, which upped the interest level considerably!
We met in downtown Tacoma and walked a short block to TinkerTopia - a fun little place with bins and shelves stuffed with delightful odd items, big and small, rescued from the fate of eternal sleep in a landfill somewhere. Frances told us we had two hours to create a piece of jewelry to wear to dinner. Oh my! The pressure!! I'm one of the least "craft-y" people I know, so couldn't imagine what I'd come up with...but then it turns out we ALL felt like we weren't crafty.
With just 2 hours, and loads of possibilities, we scrambled to look through the available raw materials. I spied some false eyelashes right off the bat, so decided to make a face and started rummaging through more bins and boxes, looking for materials for nose, eyes, hair, etc. I swear, it felt just like we were on Project Runway, racing through Mood, looking for material. Half way through our adventure, I fully expected Tim Gunn to come in, scowl concernedly at my piece, and tell me to "Make it work!"
In the end, I made a goofy "necklace" that everyone else said was a self-portrait. Anne Flood made a wonderful necklace that was loaded with touching personal meaning, Denise made a lovely, refined piece that the staff of TinkerTopia was most impressed with, and Frances went right to town with her usual easy-going efficiency and made a real, honest to goodness necklace from utterly unexpected and in-congruent materials. Oh, and we also made a mess we didn't have to clean up, which was pretty cool, too.
Great fun with great friends, followed by a great meal. Hope you all get a chance to play with fellow artists now and again, too!