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Shibori, Needle Felting, and Food Poisoning...OH MY!

     This year on March 17&18th I had the privilege of attending the National Art Education Convention for art teachers across the country. There were about 4700 art teachers in one place at one time! It was just amazing that NAEA was held in Chicago this year so I could easily attend. ComiCon was there about a creative happening!! So Amazing!!!

This year, I signed up for 2 workshops on Thursday that caught my attention. The first one was a Japanese Shibhori fabric dyeing class. We talked about how there is so much "waste fashion" in the world, and how much clothing really does go into the landfills. It was eye opening!!!

This workshop really hit home and I was so thankful that I had started another year of not buying new clothing. I CAN"T say that I will NEVER buy off the rack again, but I will definitely think more closely about where my clothing comes from.

Here are some pictures of the wonderful technique we were introduced to:

Practice that folding before you commit!

Wrap, fold, clip!


C'mon Dip!

Say hi to my new friend JUDY!!!!

Dip baby dip!

Sweet Judy with her shibori folded masterpiece!

Say hi to another Shibori master: My new friend! McCALL!!! 

Please check out her YouTube channel from Mr. Otter Studios, THIS video is one of my favorites! I show it to my beginning painting students!!! They absolutely love it! She is part of my curriculum just by chance and whadya know... I got to sit right next to her at the shibori class!! 
Small world I tell ya! 
I made my own Shibori dyed fabric. I think I'll make something for my daughter...I'll let ya know.
I loved that technique and I can't wait to teach my students!

Next Workshop: Needle Felting with the magnificent Cassie Stephens

 Cassie is my super duper talented bloggin' buddy and my homie! She rules the art teacher blogging world, and I highly recommend you check out her world! Right HERE!

Here are some pics from my adventures in needle felting:

I mean really! 
Who else can pull off a Warhol inspired soup can dress AND hat to match...
 That SHE MADE of course!!!
This lady that's who!!!

She showed us some needle felted creations of her own.

This was a  super talented buncha teachers!

Cassie gave us all aprons to felt, but since I'm sort of a rebel, I decided to felt my own coat!!

Whadya think?!

Not too shabby a view from lakeside McCormick Place!

Next up: Dinner with more Art Teacher buddies
(Little did we know what was in store for us...)

Dinner selfie with Kathy!

That pretty much sums up my Thursday at the conference because after this cute selfie with Kathy, at a pretty-well-known steak house that has a pretty-well-known GRILL logo gave us ALL food poisoning!! It was the LETTUCE!!!!! Ewwwwww! 
I don't think I'll be going back there any time soon.

Some of us rallied and were able to attend a few of the workshops on Friday. I however yakked my guts out at McCormick Place and had to head back to the hotel. 
I never would have made it if it weren't for Kathy! 
A million times thank you!!!!
I owe ya one girlie!

See you next time!

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