Today I'd like to share an experience I had at CHA to help bring awareness to a non-profit organization called Charity Wings. Elena Etcheverry founded this organization which provides free art classes to kids and organizations in her community. Elena is the most inspiring and energetic leader you can imagine, and she coordinated with Lorine Mason and the CHA Fabric Arts Council to present the Banners of Hope project that I posted about a few weeks ago.
Elena put a call out to designers asking us to take place in her ‘Live from CHA' program on the show floor. It was to be a series of live 8-minute U-Stream “throw down” videos in the Charity Wings booth at CHA. Two designers would sit down at the same table and share a mystery box of supplies, and each create whatever they could within the 8 minute span. I've never done anything live on camera before, so I thought okay… have at it! Big thanks to Jim Hankins for taking all these photos for me as the clocked ticked on!
I was paired with Roxane Stewart, a very funny Canadian gal I met a few days before the show. Here's Elena interviewing us just before we started. And then we found out what our supplies were…. styrofoam, purple paper, purple paint, adhesive, burlap ribbon, and paper flowers… you know, just the ‘go to' pieces we all reach for every day. <wink>
I decided to treat the styrofoam like a canvas, and Roxane made hers into a clock. Jenelle is behind us, holding the timer and keeping us on track. I have to say, the 8 minutes FLEW.
There was a small group gathered at the booth to watch it, and a larger group online (Elena had posted on Facebook ahead of time) that was interacting with us, asking questions, offering encouragement, etc. It was kind quite strange to be in that loud convention center with a zillion things going on, yet seeing familiar names on the interactive screen at the same time (Hello, Martha! Hello, Diana! And thank you so much for showing up online and offering support).
This was definitely an ‘out of your comfort range' experience, and I'm so glad I did it. Roxane and I had heard the day before that we might *possibly* be able to smuggle in a single crafty ingredient, so I brought a roll of Tim Hotlz's tissue tape, and it definitely gave me some sort of comfort zone in knowing I'd have strips/lines pull into my design.
Almost finished, complete with a group countdown “10-9-8….”
And here is another ‘throw down' pair:
Nathalie Kalbach and Limor Weber
And now for Giveaway #2… a a bundle giveaway including wet and dry adhesives, a StencilGirl Products mini stencil, and the latest issue of The Stamper's Sampler:
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