Seventeen personalities, piles of fibers, loads of tools and 1,400 acres to wander and be inspired means another RETREAT INTO THE MOUNTAINS of West Virginia on the grounds of Peterkin Camp and Conference Center, Romney, WV.
Our topic this year was the Design Process. Karen Larsen of Crows Foot Farm Designs described her approach as a graphic designer — simplify and tell the message boldly. As an example she used an organic shaped rug for her granddaughter depicting a fairy village, sharing their mutual memories. Also her interpretation of the ‘Star Barn‘ outside of Harrisburg is bold while Nancy Parcel’s design evoked days gone by as a charming pictorial.
Casual learning sessions occurred throughout the weekend. Lori LaBerge introduced us to working outdoors (Plein Air Hooking) with a few pointers. We do not have to sketch the design; rather locate a scene, arrange shapes of objects in a pleasing composition, draw in shadows and start selecting colors. Get to work quickly responding to the environment which in our case was a creek rushing, birds singing, people chattering, winds blowing and sun all around.
Questions on process were exchanged; music inspired conversation and movement; the bell rang and we ate or traveled to visit the studio at Ruckman Mill Farm and enjoy a meal created by Jim.
Amazing how everyone’s talents combined for a wealth of fun, learning and friendship. Same time, same place next year.