SAMA San Diego 2009

I am back. Back from near 3 weeks of mosaic mayhem! I had a brilliant time – there’s nothing quite like immersing oneself in something you love, are passionate about and couldn’t live without. Needless to say the highlight was meeting all my e-friends, who I now can certainly count as real-life friends ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was kinda weird though because it didn’t feel like it was the first time we actually met, proof perhaps that making friends online and getting to know them without ever so much as hearing their voices or feeling their demeanour in person is, in fact, possible.

SAMA San Diego was a blast – to use an Americanism. I participated in 4 workshops – one of which was CRAP!!! And yes I did say so in the feedback. It was a relief to hear that most other people I met who did the same workshop had similar complaints. However, the other 3 were really great. I would have to say the workshop I benefited from the most was Sue Gianotti‘s Mosaic Design Basics. Basic principles I was not aware of, some that I even used in my work without knowing that I did… I am now a value-ho!

I am also now convinced that there is no business workshop that would do me any good. I think it must be a really difficult thing to teach (?) even arbitrary perhaps, but I havn’t done any kind of business class that has imparted any kind of useful information. Well I havn’t done Laurel True‘s class and I have heard it is a good one… I did do George Fishman‘s class, however. I must say that was useful – it was essentially dissecting the process of one of his murals. But it didn’t set about how to get that mural in the first place, if you know what I mean. I enjoyed going through the step by step of how the mural was made though, very interesting. In fact that class reminded me just how open I keep myself to my clients, in as much as I don’t cover myself with a contract ever… I know. The evil twin in me keeps whispering in my ear, waiting for the “I told you so” moment. Something I will change as of this year. I have been lucky enough to be supported by some wonderful fellow artists (Marian Shapiro being one) and am truly grateful…

I also did the 3D workshop with Sherri Warner Hunter and actually made something that looks like what it was supposed to (a snail!). I was quite chuffed ๐Ÿ˜‰ That was a really fun day.

Not sure what I would say the highlight of the conference was – it was all rather overwhelming… probably meeting fellow artists. Being surrounded by like-minded people. The only artist I didn’t introduce myself to (I will say embarrassingly enough!!!) was Laurel Skye. I was just a little too starstruck… ๐Ÿ˜‰ She is, after all, the sole reason why I continued to mosaic…

The Mini Salon was a great experience too. The work was amazing – all of it. Interesting to see all these pieces that I had seen online, in person. I’m happy to say that I sold my piece. It now resides in Tahiti ๐Ÿ™‚ That was nice actually. Marian Shapiro was the one that convinced me to enter something in all in the name of trying to recoup costs of getting there. That sale and that of my guitar, Swan Song, certainly helped and made it all worthwhile!!

My new fave mosaic artist: Jeannie Houston Antes. Check out her work. Of course, so much better in person… but I love her style + she’s really cool. Am hoping to write her up on this blog some time soon – so stay tuned!

For more pics, please visit my flickr site and also Crystal’s flickr set – she was quite the photographer at this event and took some great pics! These are just a few of my faves…

Flickr Fest – love this photo!!!

Me & Crystal
Me & Crystal Thomas in Sherri’s 3D class

Spiritual Hands - My Homies, My Peeps...
Photo by Carol Shelkin

Christine Brallier and Suzanne Steeves
Photo by Crystal Thomas

Mosaic Marathon
Photo by Crystal Thomas

The Exhibition itself was located at the Museum of Man. Great setting, but I found it difficult to get through with 400 other people around – let’s just say I’m one of those annoying people who don’t do particularly well in crowds and much prefers to go at my own pace and let it all soak in… Nevertheless it was just awe-insiring to see a collection of amazing mosaics in the one space. My top 5 (in no particular order):

Waves Adrift by Sophie Drouin
Waves Adrift by Sophie Drouin

Dreamer by Carole Choucair Oueijan
Dreamer by Carole Choucair Oueijan

Stinging Colours by Roxana Nizza
Stinging Colours by Roxana Nizza

Paradigm Shift by Brian Felix
Paradigm Shift by Brian Felix

Day One: The Birth of Light by Bill Buckingham
The Birth of Light by Bill Buckingham

Carol Shelkin
In a Village by Carol Shelkin

OK so top 6! Though my top 5 should be a top 10, top 15… so many pieces I would have in my home ๐Ÿ˜‰ More pics can be found in my Flickr set.

Some of my faves from the Mini Salon:

Viscus Stimulus by Karen Ami
Viscus Stimulus by Karen Ami

Voices in My Head by Jeannie Houston Antes
Voices in My Head by Jeannie Houston Antes

Ulrike Martinez - detail
Venezia by Ulrike Martinez

The conference, for me, wrapped up with a tour of Niki de Saint Phalle‘s Queen Califia’s Magic Circle. Let it be known that I was speechless. It was really fantastic and a great end to the 5 days (daze?) of mosaic mania. Bring in capital punishment for those effwits who find the need to vandal the place, I say ๐Ÿ˜‰ More on flickr

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

Queen Califia's Magic Circle
With the beautiful Susan Crocenzi

Lynn & Susan
Susan Crocenzi and Lynn Adamo

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

All in all, a great time!! Don’t know about doing this again next year, but I highly recommend it to those of you who can go. Next year it is in Chicago, brrrr… I think I will opt for my trip to Spain, Italy and maybe Turkey & Morocco. I think I need to go to all these other places I want to visit versus visiting the US over and over ๐Ÿ˜‰

Any takers?



Filed under Events, Exhibitions, Flickr, Inspiration, Meeeting of the Minds, Rant, Round the World, San Diego, Travel, Uncategorized, USA, Workshops

9 responses to “SAMA San Diego 2009

  1. Kim, I’ve been smiling for twenty minutes reading your blurb about SAMA…. AND then to find out you like Village so much. (((sigh))) …and teh best was finally meeting you with all those rings!!

  2. Caz Kovacs

    Yes Kim, I really want to go. I have asked a lady I work with at iGain if she is interested in going too. Hopefully I’ll be booking by the end of April. Hubby has applied for leave so it’s looking very positive!

  3. Kim

    Crystal – I almost put in that photo of the high fashion, decadent, name brand apron, but felt that perhaps others might want to know where to get one from… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Caz – so you are going, for sure?! I’m still on the fence – would like to know what it is I’m paying for (!) but I think will probably end up going as long as I can get a cheap flight up ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh. My.God. That looks so amazing! Looks like you had a fabulous time…and so many great pics!

  5. Caz Kovacs

    Great write up and photos.
    Plenty of awesome colours, smiles and mosaics.
    Wish I could have gone! But I’m going to go to the Brisbane one this October! Anyone else going?

  6. Great post, Kimbo! I miss it all over again, and YOU! It was so wonderful meeting you XOXO Christine

  7. Thanks for the blow by blow! I am living vicariously through you. ๐Ÿ™‚ The photos are amazing.

  8. Susan Walden

    What a wonderful time it was!!

  9. What, no pictures of your haute couture apron? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I miss you Kim! Excellent post. Even if we don’t see you in Chicago next year, hopefully we’ll hook up in Italy one of these days….

    (Thanks for all the links!)

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