A gorgeous drive yesterday morning as I made my way to the Sadu House for the Woven Paintings Workshop.
Sadu House was started in 1978 by Sheikha Altaf Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and others who were interested in preserving the traditional arts and crafts of the Bedouins.
Sheikha Altaf was there to introduce Lesli Robertson, Artist and Professor of Fibers at the University of North Texas, who would be teaching the workshop.
Lesli is a Fulbright Specialist who is here on her second trip to Kuwait, this time to help organize and coordinate a set of special woven panels that will be on display later this year at Al Shaheed Park.
She hand-dyed indigo wool the night before -- to depict water and waves -- so that all the workshop participants could help weave a piece for the installation.
After a brief introduction, we were able to gather our supplies and get to work.
So much talent and creativity.
So much color and inspiration.
Two woven works as they developed over the day.
And finally my work in progress.
I obviously need to loosen up.
When I first signed up for the workshop, I thought that that timing of 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. was way too long, especially since we paid so little to attend.
As it turns out, 6 hours flew by in no time, and only a few actually finished their weaving.
I have more to share but will save that for another day.
Maybe by then I will have finished my own little woven painting, however wonky it may be.