Last Thursday I went to the EPM in
Getting there was a bit difficult as train connections did not work due to
delays, and overall it took me two hours longer getting there than I had
orginally planned. And it’s not a short trip even with all connections working, let
me tell you! France
|From the bus window, getting there ... only about 15 more minutes on the bus.|
Because I had agreed to steward SAQA’s Wide Horizons every day I was there, and had meetings with various people to do interviews for the German Guild’s magazine I was so tied up in the short time I was there that I never got to go to any of the other villages beside Ste. Marie proper. At least I got to take a tour around the various exhibition spots in Ste. Marie itself.
I saw the selection of Color Improvisations 2 that was on display and was more impressed with them in reality than I had been with the pictures in the catalogue that I had seen some weeks ago.
|Elke Klein, Waves|
I went to see the challenge quilts and have to say that I don’t understand why mine wasn’t chosen...
|Anne Woringer, Aizome (indigo) - first prize|
|Anne Woringer, Aizome (indigo) - Detail|
And I was very impressed with Malin Lager’s thread paintings. To be honest, I don’t need people portraits in thread for myself, but the technical perfection with which they were carried out is absolutely impressive. And I really loved the way she manages to create reflections on Venetian tiles and puddles.
|Malin Lager, Lustrous Reflections of Venice|
|Malin Lager, Lustrous Reflections of Venice, Detail|
At the SAQA meeting I made public my intention to retire from that position at the end of the month. We are still searching for a replacement as negotiations and inquiries have not yet led to a satisfying result in the kind of somebody saying “yes, that’s what I want to do right now!” Mostly I get a ‘ahh, not right now, I’m still working’ or something like that. I was pleased, though, that several people expressed their appreciation for the years and work I had done, that made me feel good. And it was sad to announce that I was going to retire – although I know it is the right time for me now, it will be rather different without the updates on membership, or the rep-coordinator’s mails regarding rep-issues. I will indeed miss it.
|Selfie for three...|
Being in Ste. Marie is always nice. I do admit that while I was fighting my way to get there, with connections missed after the train to Munich had been delayed and I did not make the rather direct train to Strasbourg, I was thinking ‘well, it will be good to take a break from going to Ste. Marie year after year, and next year at least I won’t have to be there in a function as SAQA rep’. But when I was there it felt completely different. It was good to see so many people I know, with like interests, and to know my way around, and to meet new people, too.So when I left on Saturday afternoon I figured I might be back next year nevertheless – we’ll see.