This year the trip to Surtex was full of adventure. Bad and good. On the way there we (me, Mike and Lola) got stuck in Toronto for a whole day (due to the heavy fog). It rained almost non stop the entire time. A bottle of perfume exploded in my suitcase. I had forgotten to eat on Sunday... but did not forget to drink... which was followed by a 'fun night' ( I know you know what I mean:)... but that's the not so good part.
Here's the good part: I got to meet a bunch of people I have been loving from a distance... like Sarajo Frieden, Hsinping Pan, Lisa Congdon, The BlueQ crew... not to mention the old friends I only get to see once a year - like Mike Lowery, Suzy Ultman, Jillian Phillips, Alison Cole, Susy Pilgrim Waters and Carolyn Gavin. Phew... really, a lot of wonderful people. Plus, a surprise meeting of Lotta Jansdotter! Worth waiting all year just to meet this group of super creative fun people:)
The show itself went well. I had a chance to walk around and see what's floating in the surface design stratosphere. Some new, interesting and creative things inspired me to start painting more. I'm going to try and bring more texture and chaos into my art.
On the down note... I've noticed that the trend of copying has reached it's peak. A lot of people can't make out a difference between trend and stealing. Very sad about that. Hope it's temporary and everyone would find their own style and blossom:)
On the up note: Lilla Rogers Booth was one of the best!