Drivel Starved Nation!
I recently had one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. From July 30th thru August 8th I was invited to attend EMMA International Collaboration 2014.
This event occurs every two years and is held at Ness Creek located at the edge of the boreal forest approximately 2 hours dead north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Artists from all over the world are represented, many of which are preeminent in their field. I think it is safe to say I was the least qualified of the 100 selected and I am in awe of the creativity displayed over the week.
Bohemian is the best word to describe the location, most people camped in tents and the facility was the bare minimum required for working in metal, mixed media, jewelery, painting, and of course wood. Artists show up, and the rest is magic. There is no agenda, no meetings, you can work as late as you want, sleep in if you like (that is next to impossible, not that I tried…). All you do is create day and night for a week. If you are a fan of jazz, this is a jam session for the visual arts.
I am going to share my experience through imagery over the next couple of weeks culminating in the images of the finished pieces which were ALL auctioned off in Saskatoon. I think you will find this all rather interesting if not incredibly fascinating. And no way is this comprehensive! My first tour of the grounds began at the metals area…
Many of the pieces made used material found on the site. This is an axe head and forged between the two halves is a piece of high carbon steel that was once a file.
The craftsman behind this axe is Al Bakke who is in his 80’s – quite an inspirational guy.
Like you, I wondered what this piece was going to be… if you guessed “a chair” YOU WIN!
An old stump, a hammer and a bit of motivation…
And lastly, the view inside my tent…
I hope you like this little teaser!