As I mentioned previously, Reham Aarti of Mosaic Essential is the brainchild behind getting the studio cooperative up and going and this was one of its first events. Reham is a mosaic artist and also had it set up so people could mosaic a picture frame or ornament at the event.
Here is a picture of the space, which is like a warehouse. I set up my table just behind the working table on the right. You can see my sewing machine and some of my artworks on the wall.
I brought mostly smaller artworks and some older works. Here is my little set up.
Charity:Water. One of the by-laws of the co-operative is that the artists donate at least 10% of their sales at an event to a charity. We all got to chose our own.
Here is the mosaic stuff all ready to go. Big buckets of small, colorful objects. Makes me want to run my hands through them.
And this was the view from my spot, watching people make mosaics.
I brought my sewing machine for a couple of reasons. One was so I would have something to work on and the other was to demonstrate free-motion stitching if anyone was interested in seeing what I do.
I was doing some free-motion stitching on a piece and a young boy who had finished his mosaic came over to watch. He stood a little ways a way. I said, "Come closer and I will show you what I'm doing." He was very interested. Then he asked if he could press the foot petal for me. I let him. Then he asked if he could try it. I said yes and took out what I was working on and found another demo piece that he could use. He sat down and started stitching.
Eventually, some of the other kids came over, too. They also wanted to try it and sometimes one was pressing the foot pedal while the other moved the fabric. It went on for quite a while. By the time the first young boy was getting ready to leave, he told me he was going to ask Santa for a sewing machine.