After leaving France I spent two days in Seattle with my friend Bunny. She got a new puppy Elvira. A french bulldog. A tiny little black thing with tiger stripes on the back end. She is adorable and a good addition of the McLeod-Olson Family. I was to take pictures of the girl but with jelag and stuff... I didn't. We managed to get to the Boarding House for lunch in Issaquah, an ultimate favorite where we had Turkey sandwiches with cranberry relish and their famous egg spinach salad with poppyseeds vinaigrette and of course their must have apple crisp that is the best in the world, above mine way above. Are your mouth watering like mine is?
Then we got to visit the Bellevue Art Museum. They were showing the Jewelry of four Israely women.http://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/current/womens_tales/index.html Very interesting designs with simple materiel. Moving writings about their motivation to create.
Then a nice room about the Pilchuck School of Glass. How they got started, etc plus a narative slide show by Dale Chihuly.
An exhibit of William Morris an amazing glass blower with great opaque glass technique. http://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/current/william_morris/index.html
Barbara Cooper from Chicago was showing some interesting tree trunk reconstructed with thing layers of wood glued together. Very feminine in the shape and twist of the trunk. Sensual for sure.
There was also quite a large exhibit of turned wooden bowls and such. Beautiful pieces but really large gathering of one subject. http://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/current/turning_wood/index.html It was the collection of Jane and Arthur Mason.
The building is wonderful in it's architecture and the stairs are very easy to climb. I enjoyed that sensation of assending in a circle around the large room. Like embrassing the place.
The next day we had lunch in Belltown part of Seattle close to the Pike Place Market. A wonderful bakery shop where we had a pizza and a glass of wine to keep us happy for the rest of the day. We met Don, Bunny's husband accross the convention center at 800 Pike's for the exhibit of "Bodies". That was amazing and a must see if you are in Seattle right now. With a process invented by a german doctor in collaboration with the Chinese government this exhibit shows how our body is as pretty and intrecate inside out. Being a fiber artist I have new techniques to try now that I have seen what our nervous system and vasculary system looks like without the flesh around. Not gross at all the bodies look more like plastic than real. Just fabulous show.
Anyway I got home yesterday and I spend my day in pj's and took a long nap. 10 hours of jetlag takes me about three days to get back on track.
It has been a wonderful trip and I hope that you have enjoyed coming along with me on this journey.
Love to all