I’m continuing to try to catch up with posting about all the great places and events I’m visiting, in no particular order. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of bringing my project to a booth at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival.
I just happened to share my booth with West Seattle’s “Dance for Joy” studio, who spent their time teaching people to dance in the street!
I also chatted it up with members of West Seattle’s Senior Line dance troupe, all decked out in fringe. I want to kick my own shin for not taking their picture, drat! For a good part of the day, I felt like I was in the middle of a musical, which is a pretty good way to feel. Met many West Seattlites excited about this project sited in their neighborhood! (Still hoping to catch up with some of them for crocheting this weekend when I’ll be at Delridge Day at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 11am-4pm)! I also began having the trippy experience (it’s now happened at least 5 times!) of having someone say to me “There’s this show down in Portland that you would love….” or “I saw this show at BAM last year, did you see it?, you would have liked it…” That’s me, those are my shows… It’s a funny experience, takes me off guard, I get tickled…I’ll say it. But it also got me thinking about another benefit I’m gaining from this project. Often, when I set up a huge installation, it’s like a gigantic marathon, all I can think about. It goes up, there is an opening for a few hours, then I leave. People see it, and I never really get to hear their thoughts about it. A review may happen, and a friend or two may email. But in general, there is not a lot of discussion with people I do not know about what I made, what they saw in it, how they felt about it, etc. Being so out in public, so all over the city with MMMM, I’m getting these conversations that I have never had before. Critics are one thing, friends, other artists are another. But getting to hear what the general public thinks about your work is eye-opening. Valuable.