To the Fair!

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The San Mateo County fair has come and gone and I finally made my first visit!

San Mateo County Fair Sign

First I stopped by the fine arts galleria (where photography was not allowed), where I popped in to make collage ATCs. I was inspired by a piece of paper with all of these cute birds. Super fun! Definitely want to try incorporating some of these techniques into my artmaking.

ATC - Comin' Round the Mountain
My more melancholy piece.

ATC - Dessert
My more lighthearted/romantic piece.

In the creative home arts section (where photography is allowed), I sat with the English Paper Piecing Bee and learned the basics of English Paper Piecing. Also great fun! My sewing machine and I are not the best of friends, so I had thought that quilting was out of my reach, but now I can apply my love of handwork to it. Time for some pretty fabric adventures! :)

My First English Paper Piecing Project

I browsed the creative home arts section a bit more and was blown away by the juxtaposition of traditional and modern. I’m currently very attracted to the combination of royal blue and gold and there were a couple of quilts that really made me want to give quilting a chance. Of course there were great knitting and spinning and weaving pieces, and people from the Lace Museum made a fantastic showing in both entries and demonstration.

I went outside for a while to sample some eats. I got a recommended corn dog and some cake from the 4-H kids! I checked out some of the other buildings, including the sustainable living section, where I picked up a little fabric bundle from Fabmo. Adorbs.

Summary of My Fair
A summary of my day.

I ended my day by wandering around the fine arts section again and came upon some great dimensional shadowbox pieces. Very cool! I’ve been embracing flatness lately and seeing these flat images transformed into basically 3D sculptures was inspiring.

I definitely want to enter SOMETHING next year! Whether it’s in the creative home arts section or the fine arts galleria (or both) is yet to be seen.



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