This above photo is done by Chip Thomas, my favorite speaker this year at the Yuma Symposium. He called his presentation “Life with the Navajo Through Images, Words and Wheat Paste” and when I saw his images on the first night during the introductions of the presenters, I knew that I had to go see him speak. I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I heard him speak and listened to his story and saw his photos that he used to make his art.
The other artist that I truly enjoyed was Kat Cole, a metalsmith art that uses liquid enamel with steel in her work, who called her presentation “From Industry to Art: the Possibilities of Liquid Enameling.” Her enthusiasm for working with steel made me even more excited about the class that I am taking this summer in Idyllwild taught by April Wood.
Here is a picture of a necklace of Kat Cole’s:
Wow, she never mentioned this in her talk…How Kat Cole Went from Hooters Girl to President of Cinnabon by Age 32.
Last year, my first year to go to the Yuma Symposium, I did not honor the custom of trading pins with the other attendees. This year I did.
Here is a picture of my pins:
I traded my pins for these:
Starting at top left are the artists (going clockwise): unknown trader (triangle), Ann Rosier (turquoise flower), Connie Hall (organic brass with pearl), Deb Jemmott (swirl with flush-set stone), Donna Struthers (cute house), Jeanie Pratt-the queen of wire mesh bugs (copper mesh pin)…please check out her website, Jamie (cool hexagon), Diane Wiemer -the queen of piercing (awesome scorpian), Wendy Franklin (the arrow), Patty (the dancing person), Karen (stamped metal clay “Yuma” pin).