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Creative Escape – Part 2, The Trunk Show

Here is part 2 of Guest Poster, Holly Attfield‘s time at Creative Escape 2009. If you missed part 1, please click here. Also, don’t forget to stop by and visit Holly’s blog here. She has also written more on this event on her blog. Thank you once again Holly! (Note, all photos by Holly Attfield)

One of the highlights of the Thursday before Creative Escape classes started was the instructor’s Trunk Show. At this event, CE attendees were given an opportunity to meet the instructors in person, take photos and have autograph or memory books signed, and see a display of each instructor’s work. It was not only a ton of fun, but wonderfully inspiring as well, as the selection of projects and art on display was truly second to none!

There were 8 tables organized in a large circle around the room, and the instructors were waiting beside each of their tables when the doors opened at the start of the Trunk Show. Immediately, lines began to form at each table, as scrappers scrambled to be first in line to visit with their favourite instructor, and take a look at their work. Each table was as incredible as the next, and I wish I could have photographed everything I saw, but since all the scrappers in the room were waiting patiently for their turn, I took only a few shots at each table before I had to move on. Regardless, I managed to capture some of the most creative scrapping projects I’ve seen. Here are a few of my favourites.

At the 7Gypsies table, Deb and Paula had 7Gypsies framed art, mini-albums, and many canvases on display. I particularly loved this photo spinner project. Titled “Forever” was a beautiful vintage tribute to Paula’s parents’ marriage, and the colours, vintage photos and ephemera were quite lovely. See many detailed shots of this project, as well as other work but Deb and Paula in the 7Gypsies gallery, here. Paula and Deb are both completely sweet to talk to, and Paula’s sense of humour had us all laughing as we waited in line.

Heather Bailey’s table was a colourful burst of sunshine, with plenty of fabric projects on display. See more projects by Heather, both in fabric as well as paper crafts, on her blog here.

Lynette Carroll’s work had a charming, classical feel to it. Lynette, who is from Australia, had very pretty framed pieces and plenty of white and ivory gracing her table. She has many projects on display on her blog as well, here.

Debby Schuh’s table was overflowing with mini-albums. Debby’s work is so diverse in style, with bright and colourful little projects mixed in with distressed, vintage albums. I particularly liked her travel mini-album titled Photographs, in the lower right side of the photo. More photos of Debby’s mini albums can be seen on her blog here.

Another of my favourites from the Trunk Show was this canvas but Carol Wingert. The 64 tiny squares on this canvas each a miniature work of art, and my photo truly doesn’t do it justice. The details on this project are truly amazing. Carol posts tons of her projects on her blog here, and you can see her comments about this canvas in particular here. I noticed on Carol’s blog that lucky local gals were able to take this as a class from Carol – it’s almost enough to make me want to move!

The longest line up of the show was to see Tim’s table, and it wound its way towards the door to the room and right out the hall. It was my first time meeting Tim in person, and it was certainly worth the wait. With Tim’s warm and charming personality, he didn’t make anyone feel rushed and took the time to chat with each and every attendee who arrived at his table. Since we were all taking tons of photos of his work, it was tough to get a shot that didn’t have someone else’s camera (or arms, or head!) in the photo, but here’s one of my favourites. Tim’s work was fantastic to see in person. All of his pieces were such a testament to his style; everything was signature Tim – pages, mini-album, altered pieces; each one inked, distressed and rich with touches like metal and florals. I loved the ephemera that he mixed into his display; each piece more unique than the next. You can see more of Tim’s work, as well as his own account of Creative Escape on his blog here. Tim included photos of each table from the Trunk Show. I also loved how humbly he covered the lamp auction. Notice how he focused more on the excitement that the auction brought about, and the money raised by the entire event, and not at all on the amount his own lamp brought in? So totally Tim. Meeting him was truly a great treat!

Next I moved along to Heidi’s table. Bright, cheerful and vibrant, just like Heidi herself, her table was full of delightful projects. I enjoyed the mismatched shapes of the pages and the inky edges of this mini-album. The line up to meet Heidi also had a bit of a wait, but once you arrived at the front, chatting with Heidi was like saying hello to a friend you haven’t seen since high school. Her ease and zest for life make her so much fun to be around. Heidi wrote her own very detailed account of Creative Escape, which you can see on her blog here.

Finally, we moved to Marah Johnson’s table. I loved Marah’s mini-albums, as well as the unique little treasure boxes she altered. Her projects are always so full of rich, vibrant colours and tons of grungy elements. I love how creatively she pulls images and elements together, as well as how she frequently cuts shapes out of thick corrugate to add texture and depth. Meeting her was so much fun, too. She seems to have the energy of at least three people, and just never seems to stop! She was bubbly and vibrant all weekend, and had a constant and genuine smile on her face. See many more projects on Marah’s blog here.

The Trunk Show was a fantastic way to start the weekend, as it gave us a chance to meet each of the instructors away from the time-pressured setting of the classroom. Outside the room, the instructor’s altered lamps, mentioned in a previous post, were on display. Soaking in all of the talent and inspiration from those projects was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon leading up to 2 days of Creative Escape classes. More on that coming up soon!

- Holly Attfield

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