Planning for Playa

There is a long list of unchecked items sitting on my desk. Supplies are out of place and one small box is full. I still have lots of packing to do.

I am very excited to being heading to my first artist residency, very soon. But I am not packed yet! I will be spending two weeks in a remote area of Oregon at Playa, near Summer Lake. It is not located in or near a large town, so we have been asked to make sure we bring all the supplies we will need while there, as well as two weeks worth of food. The nearest grocery store is an hour away.

Photo from Playa website

I’ll be driving so I can bring lots of stuff, but I can’t bring my whole studio with me. So, I am trying to decide what I will need. I plan to be inspired by the nature surrounding Playa to inform the work I’ll be doing there. That makes it hard to figure out what fabrics to bring, as I am unsure of colors (although I have a sense from that photo above).


A selection of threads. Hmm, looks like I’m going for autumn colors. Maybe I need to add some greens.

There is extremely limited internet access (one computer to share to check email) and no phone coverage. Being disconnected will mean dedicated time to focus on making art or exploring for inspiration. There are so many ideas in my head of ways to work and things I might want to try. I know that I won’t get to them all or try them all, but I’m bringing other things besides fabric, like fabric paint, carving supplies, a travel watercolor kit, etc.


Miscellaneous supplies

In addition, I am trying to figure out if I should set myself a schedule while I’m there, or just go with the flow. Any of you who have done an artist residency, what did you do? There are no required commitments on my time while I’m there. They will have a few groups meals, but it is not required that we attend (although I will, as I would rather have someone else cook a meal for me).


Some of the long list of supplies

I cleaned out that container above and that is where I am packing some of my supplies. I thought it would be easier to just move that from the car to the studio and it will be ready to go, without having to unpack those supplies. This is just the non-fabric stuff. Yes, I will be bringing my sewing machine, ironing board, cutting mat, fabrics, etc., as well.

I still have a lot of packing to do. See that list on top of the drawers? That first page is just supplies, that doesn’t include all the food for two weeks, clothes, etc. I guess I should get to it, then!

I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this adventure! I won’t be able to post until I get back. And you know I will have lots of pictures to share with you. See you on the other side!



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