A week ago my workshop ladies arrived for a week at La Cascade. I’m always a little nervous going to the airport to greet them- some are returning for another workshop with me and some are brand new and all have taken a leap of faith to be with me here in France. That means so much to me! I could not have asked for a nicer, more joyful, generous group of adventurous ladies. I had such a wonderful time with them, laughed so much, shared stories, saw inspirational sights and of course picked up many treasures at the Vide Grenier (flea market) and on our field trips.
We started off the week visiting our neighbor villages of Soreze and Revel. Great photo ops- unique doorknockers, lovely window boxes of flowers, fountains, visit to the fabric store. And that afternoon we made a handmade journal called an Idea Collector. All were completely different and reflected the imagination of each artist. AND beautiful.
Saturday we headed to the renowned Saturday market in Revel where there are goodies- food and clothes and linens and shoes and purses and…….- to photograph and buy. It’s one of the best regional markets in France and is an authentic experience of shopping in France..
Saturday night was our night at the the beautiful restaurant- Le Tounesol. This restaurant- which features local artists on all the walls- is owned and “cheffed” by my friend Gigi- who has been making exquisite food there for the last 40 years!!
Sunday was our day to shop the flea market in a nearby town- Caraman. It’s one of the biggest and best and everyone came back with treasures that we all lusted over. I found, in addition to a cool antique tray, three cute blouses. Other treasures found by the gals included an antique door knocker, old keys, cooper pots, old postcards and books and many other vintage treasures.
Now you may be thinking- when did we all make art?? We had instructed studio time every day and Open studio at night and there were beautiful works of art made- handmade books with several different book structures, lovely jewelery and whimsical art dolls topped off the week.
To all the lovely ladies- Colleen, Kerry, Beverlee, Nan, Linda, Yvonne, Gail, Sammie and Ruth!- I had such a blast with you all. The week flew by. You are all so inspirational, smart, fun, funny! and a joy to be with. Merci!!