Before we leap to the event, here are two photos of Sandy, our retriever, taking his cannot-be-missed-nor-disturbed nap. Kai bought a new point-and-shoot camera and needless to say, had to try out on every one/thing.
Obviously, you can see the frown above his eyes, he's pretending to be asleep.
Had to open his eyes to tell us to bugger off!
Here's our tent, a single tent for both Amanda Glanville (another lampworker) and me. We were right under a huge tree (oak or not, I must admit I cannot really remember). The table is in the middle of the tent is where we had the demonstrating area. Basically either Amanda or I would demonstrate, taking turns. We did not have a fixed routine or schedule, more of a 'let's play by ear' situation.
Here's Amanda, giving the final touches to her display before the event begins.
This is my table, a bit dark since Kai turned off the flash on his camera at my request as I can't stand flashes. Besides being captured on camera is not everyone's cuppa tea.
Another view of my table. Believe it or not, I was not sure how I was going to display my work as I was absolutely not ready for this event. Somehow, it got worse than Bead & Button in terms of preparation. I had traveled to the UK with just my display trays, a few bags of rice (for display use, and not because I have to eat rice since I am Chinese!!), a small clay pot with sand (I knew I was going to display my mini cupcake glass beads), empty jewelry boxes, table lamps and my green fabric. But believe me, I had no idea what/how I was displaying! I was in a daze this time, I think I had not the time to recover my Milwaukee trip and my planning was off this time, ie no planning. Anyway, I sure was and still am glad that Kai came along as he was the one who kept me focused on what I had to do, get the items out, put them out, don't yak (chatter) too much with Amanda till I was done, etc. I was pleasantly surprised when I was finally done, the display looked pretty good!! You might wonder why I did not raise the table, this is the only event where I leave the tables low - there is a handicap law in the UK which prohibits us to raise the table, it must be at a height where the handicap in a wheelchair does not feel discriminated and can view the items at their eye level.
I decided to make my own earring displays this time. I used to display them flat on trays, which made them look dull, drab and non-existent, or on acrylic stands, which I did not really like but had to use since I did not look further into display possibilities. I am rather pleased with how they turned out.
That's me demonstrating. Amanda had brought a Nortel Minor for both of us to use. It was hooked onto a small bottle of propane and a concentrator.
Heavy rainfall on Friday, second day of the event, caused flooding in areas of Waterperry Gardens. Photo shows how bad it was and it was muddy all over. I packed my Wellingtons after my experience in 2007 where the whole of England was rained upon and flooded, I always take them with me for Art in Action!
Young volunteers who help each year at Art in Action certainly were having fun pushing the huge bale of straw; they distributed the straw by hand wherever flooding and mud were.
Despite the rain, the crowd still came over the four-day event. As I have come to know the Brits, they came with their raincoats, umbrellas and Wellies. Those who forgot their Wellies or did not think about it, went barefoot or in their squooshy mud-filled shoes. Many visitors have been to Art in Action for the past 28 years, rain or shine, and this time, they did not let the rain dampen their spirits or fun either. That's the way to go!