Hi everyone...back home from New Zealand where I was teaching classes at Spring Edition, a event run by Nic Howard and Lucy Vanderloos. Nic asked me to teach at her event last year so this has been a long time in coming and now I can't believe it is over. I will warn you this post has a ton of pictures, mostly because the event had the lovely Andrea, a professional photographer to take the photos. I loved this idea, since most times I am too busy in class to even remember. So my thanks goes to Andrea for her great work.
Not a bad view from my seat at dinner, eh?
Time to leave for Wairakei Resort...but just a couple stops. For those of us Amazing Race fans, we stopped to watch...Zorbing! Do remember this from a few seasons back? You get into the big plastic ball, they fill it with some water, then you roll down the hill. I wish I could say we were brave enough to do it but none of us were prepared to get soaking wet so we just watched from below as some kids rolled on down.
Then on to Rotorua, Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, and the National Carving and Weaving Schools.
As you drive through Rotorua there is geothermal steam rising up out of the ground in many places. I admit, it was kind of unnerving seeing the steam coming up in someone's yard. Apparently, there are five main geothermal areas in which a variety of geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and hissing craters can be experienced up close. We drove to Te Puia where we saw one of the larger geysers (seen below).
Te Puia, we visited the Māori meeting house, the carving and weaving school.
At the carving school, apprentices study for 3 years learning traditional carving techniques. The school only accecpts 5 apprentices a year.
I was sorry after I left that I did not take a picture of all the wood shavings on the floor. Way more than it shows in this picture.
We left Te Puia, drove into Taupo and decided to go to a little rise to overlook the city and the HUGE lake.
(good thing I have a wristwatch)
Woodland Trees make and take...
pick a color, is it spun sugar, fired brick, tumbled glass, peeled paint, vintage photo, or even wild honey?
Tissue tape in the folio class
Distress Stain Buttons drying on the back table.
Liz, Jo and Kathy (aka: here comes trouble)
Beverley, Raewyn, Janine, and Wendy
Andrea (the fabulous photographer), Robyn, Sue and Jan
Jackie, Lyn, Trish, Joy, Donna
Kirsty, Kim and Lesley
Thanks to all the fabulous class tutors that helped me run my many technique tables...Rachel, Lianne, Kate, Tania... as well as Lynda (shop girl). As well as the sponsors of my classes,
Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Lianne, Kate, Tania, Nic, Natalie, Trevor (Natalie's husband), Lucy, me, Lynda, and dear Rachel.
just a bunch of goofballs.
and a special shout out to Sande for blogging for me while I was gone...you are one in a million.