As I mentioned in my earlier post, I attended the woodcarving workshop on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday my dear hubbie and I did the rounds. This Show is held in an old, but beautiful, church: The Eusibius Church in Arnhem, conveniently located near the Rijnhotel where we stayed for the duration.
I have had a ball! First of all this show is of good quality and there was plenty of room between the stands to walk and talk, because of course it's a meeting place for miniaturists as well. And 'meeting' I did. Lots of friends that I got to know in the past via a Dutch email group and others, albeit not as many, through the blogs I have been following. One of them Josje from A Beautiful World that I am a follower of. Nice to get to know people this way. So, hello Josje! How's your carving going?
Furthermore, when you have only been able to read about all kinds of artists in the miniature magazines it's so great to meet them, be able to talk to them and admire their craft from close by. They are all so kind and when asked they allowed me to take pictures and James Carrington even allowed me a picture with him. (The pictures are on their way, Jamie, if you happen to read this). I think most of you know by now that Jamie sculpts those wonderful character dolls.
|James Carrington at his stand|
|A few of James' character dolls|
|Jamie and I|
Ann High is another who's work I value: beautifully carved furniture.
|Ann High's stand|
|A few of Ann's chests|
|Full size and twelfth scale egg stand|
Last but not least, I had a chat with Gerd Felka, glass blower from Germany. I had been watching Leo Reijnders at work and was impressed, but most certainly bowled over when I saw Gerd's glassware. Sometimes it would be great to be rich. ;-)
|Gerd Felka and his glassware stand|
Tine Krijnen's stand was another one I had been on the lookout for. I love working with paper and making books, so Tine's bookbinding work is a 'must' for me. Not that I will ever be able to equal her precision work, but hey, imperfectionism is not a sin....
|Tine and partner at their stand|
|Lever arch folders and other stationery|
|Atie and I|
Atie and I hadn't met before, but I felt I could have talked for hours with her. Wonderful person. However, I didn't only come to look and talk, but to buy!!! I have come home with a range of goods, although I didn't have a plan, nor a list. I just bought what I felt I wanted to 'have', save for one thing, a book. That had been on my wishlist for a while and since it was for sale at the very first stand I walked past it soon was mine....
|leather for another workshop|
|a few plant pots for my florist|
|a stove top and boiler for my future 'Dutch' house|
|a crystal ball for my witch's cottage|
|A poinsettia kit for my florist|
|a beautifully crafted rooster (on the scroll saw)|
|Sheets of lead and a bag of gravel|
|A bookbinding kit for my withch's cottage, a lever arch folder kit,|
and a piece of marbled paper for bookbinding
|a number of kits to make lever arch folders|
perhaps for a workshop at our club
I also bought a few sheets of veneer, but they have been packed carefully for traveling, so I'm not going to unpack them. Veneer is veneer anyway.......
And that's it for today. Either the internet or my laptop is playing up and it takes forever to upload my blog. I've had enough. ;-) At least you've got some updates from me. Until next time. I go and read a few of your blogs now. So much easier........
Bye for now.