I'm planning to go. I've been to four other symposiums and I wouldn't miss it. It's such a buzz for anyone who loves quilts! Five intense days of classes, lectures, exhibitions, get togethers - just lots and lots of fun.
I'm making the trip with a friend of mine who's never been before. I did that last time too, and enjoyed introducing someone to the delights of symposium. We've just booked our accommodation, so even though it's almost a year away, we're getting prepared. If you've never been before, I wrote a post with tips and advice for attending - you might like to check it out for a few ideas.
|My prizewinning quilt 'Tui at Dawn'. I REALLY enjoyed symposium that year!|
But now, here's my problem - the registration book comes out soon and I've been looking at the tutors online, thinking about who I'd like to study with and what sort of classes I'd like to take. And I'm blown away by the choice. It seems like someone picked my brain for all the people I'd love to study with and invited them to attend. It's going to be too hard to choose!
There are two five-day masterclasses this year. One that particularly interests me is Lisa Call's 'Working in a Series'. Lisa was my amazing SAQA mentor and I'd love to extend the learning I did under her guidance and I've always looked at this class thinking I'd like to do it. But that's five whole days, and one of my own tips is to leave a day or two to see the exhibitions, rest and catch up with friends. Arrghh!
|My friend Shirley catching up at the Symposium Dinner. Shirley is one of the most wonderful supportive quilters I know.|
Then there are the international tutors who I might never get another chance to study with:
Jane Dunnewold - yes, I said JANE DUNNEWOLD, the queen of complex cloth is coming!
Luke Haynes - who I follow on Instagram and am intrigued by his work in series;
Jacquie Gering, whose walking foot quilting class on Craftsy really changed the way I use a walking foot;
Lyric Kinard, whose book 'Art + Quilt' was one of the first art quilting books I ever read;
Charlotte Yde - her work is just stunning, and thoughtful and intriguing;
Sherri Lyn Wood, I love her book (that I reviewed recently) and the thoughts behind her process.
And that's just the international tutors that interest me (there's more too) - there's exciting Australian (funny that they don't count as international, but I get the distinction!) and New Zealand tutors too.
It's too much! How am I ever going to decide?
So tell me, are you going to symposium next year? What tutors are you interested in? And how are you going to decide what classes to take?